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Vishvapani on the BBC

Posted by Munisha on Thu, 9 Nov, 2017 - 15:09

Vishvapani on the BBC

Posted by Munisha on Thu, 9 Nov, 2017 - 15:09

For a number of years, Vishvapani has been the regular Buddhist contributor to Thought for the Day on BBC Radio Four’s morning news programme, Today.

Here are his recent broadcasts, accessible anywhere in the world. His views on violence against the Rohingya Muslims in Burma/Myanmar may be of particular interest.

11th May 2017 Is Buddhism still relevant? (Buddha Day)
18th May 2017 Eating in moderation 
1st June 2017 If technology served Buddhist goals
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Meet the new Triratna Safeguarding team

Posted by Munisha on Wed, 8 Nov, 2017 - 18:21

Meet the new Triratna Safeguarding team

Posted by Munisha on Wed, 8 Nov, 2017 - 18:21

Safeguarding work in Triratna, in progress since 2013, has developed enormously in the last three months. As the overall Safeguarding officer (Munisha) I’d like to bring you up to date.

Training On 4th October, around 30 Safeguarding officers and trustees from Triratna centres across the UK, and Saddhaloka (Chair of Triratna’s College of Public Preceptors), gathered at the Birmingham Buddhist Centre for our second training day. After last year’s training in child protection, this year we worked on ‘Safeguarding adults’ with the help of an...

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yashobodhi's picture

Great news, Munisha. So glad to hear about this team.

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Excellent work Munisha! Great team too.

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Marvellous work, Munisha: unglamorous (well, the opposite of glamorous), mostly unsung and so important. Thanks so much for your great labours, and I do wish you well with your team.

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Dear Munisha,

Well done!  Thank you for all the effort.

However, this will be insufficient in the eyes of those outside Triratna because the whole process takes place within Triratna. An truly external resource is the only way to silence critics.

with many thanks,

Tom

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Dear Tom, thank you for your appreciative words.

There is no such thing as external Safeguarding in Britain, and (apart from just getting on with the Safeguarding!) there is nothing we can do about those who aren’t satisfied, even when I say, again and again that we are doing our Safeguarding exactly according to the nationally agreed requirements - and, now, under the guidance of Amaladipa - someone very, very senior in the criminal justice system.

I’ve checked this with external agencies and they all agree: Safeguarding must be internal, in order to be effective. This because only those who are known and trusted and who know the organisation well will be able to influence its leaders and culture. It is working very well, though of course there is always further to go. We are not complacent.

Metta,
Munisha

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Dedicating Adhisthana's new shrine

Posted by Munisha on Fri, 3 Nov, 2017 - 09:36

Dedicating Adhisthana's new shrine

Posted by Munisha on Fri, 3 Nov, 2017 - 09:36

The artistic pile of bricks and Buddharupas that formed the main shrine for Adhisthana’s first four years has been replaced by a remarkable piece of new Buddhist design. In Clear Vision’s latest NewsByte video Yashodeva tells the story of its creation and dedication, on 19th August at the UK and Ireland Area Order weekend.

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Triratna Amsterdam's new Buddhist centre

Posted by Munisha on Tue, 17 Oct, 2017 - 13:37

Triratna Amsterdam's new Buddhist centre

Posted by Munisha on Tue, 17 Oct, 2017 - 13:37

Gunabhadri writes from Amsterdam with a five-minute video about the Amsterdam Buddhist Centre’s move (by bicycle!) to new premises in an old hospital (also home to Mokshagandhi).

“On the full moon evening of Wednesday 6th September the new Amsterdam Buddhist Centre officially opened.

For the last time, we shared an evening meal in our old centre in the Palmstraat and then a lamp was lit and transported to the new location by bicycle, together with a painting of Akshobya...

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Ordination in Dublin, Ireland

Posted by Munisha on Tue, 10 Oct, 2017 - 12:45

Ordination in Dublin, Ireland

Posted by Munisha on Tue, 10 Oct, 2017 - 12:45

We are happy to announce the first Triratna ordination in Ireland! Keith Hogan’s public ordination was held Saturday, 7th October 2017, at the Sophia Centre, Dublin, Ireland.

Keith Hogan becomes Rijumuni
meaning ‘Honest/sincere sage’
Private preceptor: Khemadhamma
Public preceptor: Saddhaloka

Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!

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Ordination at Tiratnanaloka

Posted by Munisha on Mon, 9 Oct, 2017 - 18:58

Ordination at Tiratnanaloka

Posted by Munisha on Mon, 9 Oct, 2017 - 18:58

We are delighted to announce the public ordination of Claire Walsh on Saturday 7th October, at the Manchester Buddhist Centre, amidst a gathering of over 100 sangha, family, and other friends.

​Claire’s private ordination took place at Tiratanaloka on Wednesday 4th October, during a retreat specially arranged so that her husband and their recently adopted baby could stay with her throughout.

Claire becomes Nischalasri
(acute accent over both s to be pronounced sh; second i is long)
meaning ’She whose radiance is unwavering’.
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Ordinations at Padmaloka

Posted by Munisha on Tue, 3 Oct, 2017 - 12:14

Ordinations at Padmaloka

Posted by Munisha on Tue, 3 Oct, 2017 - 12:14

We are delighted to announce that the following men were publicly ordained on Saturday 30th September:

Public preceptor: Surata

Terry Diffey becomes Prasannamanas
meaning ’He whose mind is clear’
Private preceptor: Yashodeva

Public preceptor: Satyaraja

Lindsay Robertson becomes Akashavajra
(long first and second a)
meaning ‘He who has the qualities of both diamond and sky’
Private preceptor: Suriyavamsa

Les Robertson becomes Shantivajra
(long first a)
meaning ’Diamond thunderbolt of peace’
Private preceptor: Suriyavamsa

Public preceptor: Maitreyabandhu

Kelvin Heron becomes Shuddhavasin
(long second a)
meaning ’He who abides in purity’
Private preceptor: Dharmadipa

Mark...

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Ordinations at Akashavana

Posted by Munisha on Thu, 21 Sep, 2017 - 10:18

Ordinations at Akashavana

Posted by Munisha on Thu, 21 Sep, 2017 - 10:18

We are delighted to announce that the following women were publicly ordained at Akashavana, Spain, on 16th September:

Public preceptor: Parami

Elizabeth Hellard becomes Kamalasiri
a Pali name meaning ’She who has the beauty of a lotus’. 
Westernised spelling: Kamalasiri.
Private preceptor: Dayalocana

Penny Strange becomes Vidyamani
a Sanskrit/Pali name meaning ’She who is like a jewel of knowledge’.
(Long first’a’ and last ‘i’ and dot under the ‘n’)
Westernised spelling: Vidyamani
Private preceptor: Saddhanandi

Meera Vig becomes Aksobhini
a Sanskrit name meaning ’She...

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Statement Against Buddhist Violence in Burma/Myanmar

Posted by Munisha on Tue, 12 Sep, 2017 - 12:04

Today on Triratna News:

1) A statement against Buddhist violence against the mostly Muslim Rohingya people in Burma/Myanmar, signed individually and personally by senior members of the Triratna Buddhist Order including Sangharakshita. The statement simply says that violence cannot be justified by Buddhist teachings.

2) Vishvapani’s broadcast this morning on BBC Radio Four’s Thought for the Day: ‘Burmese atrocities: the problem with a Buddhist state”. (Text and audio)

We first published a statement on this topic in 2013. In view of the even...

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Triratna Southampton opens new centre!

Posted by Centre Team on Mon, 11 Sep, 2017 - 17:20

Triratna Southampton opens new centre!

Posted by Centre Team on Mon, 11 Sep, 2017 - 17:20

After many hours and lots of generous help from a team of volunteers, we have transformed the old ‘Plume of Feathers’ pub into our new Southampton Buddhist Centre

On the eve of their grand opening on 8th September - the last day of the ‘old’ before they formally became the ‘new’ - Amritadasa led an evening of meditation and quiet reflection to begin the weekend of celebrations. Next they held an Open Day beginning with a ribbon cutting opening ceremony, with an opportunity to...

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