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Winter meeting of Triratna's European Chairs' Assembly

Posted by Munisha on Thu, 19 Jan, 2017 - 15:04

Winter meeting of Triratna's European Chairs' Assembly

Posted by Munisha on Thu, 19 Jan, 2017 - 15:04

This winter’s gathering of Triratna’s European Chairs’ Assembly ended last week at Adhisthana and was unusually large, with around 60 participants. This partly reflects a changeover in Chairs in around 15 centres and enterprises, the old and new Chairs attending together.

The topic this time was leadership, explored through a series of presentations and workshops. Listen to short interviews on this topic.

The Chairs also heard about the work done by the College, Bhante and Triratna’s communications...

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A letter from Triratna's College of Preceptors

Posted by Munisha on Thu, 19 Jan, 2017 - 13:51

A letter from Triratna's College of Preceptors

Posted by Munisha on Thu, 19 Jan, 2017 - 13:51

Endorsing a Personal statement from SangharakshitaTriratna’s College of preceptors have released this letter, sent to all Order members on 15th January.

“Dear brothers and sisters in the Order,

On 31st December 2016 Bhante released a personal statement to all Order members via the Order Information Service. I am speaking on behalf of all Public Preceptors when I say how glad we are that Bhante has felt able to make this statement and how much we welcome the confessional nature of the contents. I believe it will...

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Ordinations at Bordharan, India

Posted by Munisha on Tue, 17 Jan, 2017 - 14:06

Ordinations at Bordharan, India

Posted by Munisha on Tue, 17 Jan, 2017 - 14:06

We are delighted to announce the public ordinations of the following 12 women, at Bordharan Retreat Centre, Maharashtra, India on Sunday 15th January 2017.

Private preceptor Vijaya
Public preceptor Jnanasuri

Supriya Akshobhy - North Nagpur - becomes Nityashri, “Permanent glory”
Kusumlata Goutam - Dehradun, Uttarakhand - becomes Aryadarshini, “One who knows/sees the Arya - noble one”
Babita Bhan - Modinagar, Uttar Pradesh - becomes Ratnavajri, “A jewel-vajra”
Chandrakanta Bouddha - Dehradun, Uttarakhand - becomes Vinayadarshini, “One who observe the vinaya-discipline”

Private preceptor Jnanasuri
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A step towards Prabuddha Bharata (Enlightened India)!!! Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!

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India: second International Buddhist Youth Convention

Posted by Munisha on Sun, 15 Jan, 2017 - 16:06

India: second International Buddhist Youth Convention

Posted by Munisha on Sun, 15 Jan, 2017 - 16:06

In the latest NewsByte video from Clear Vision, we hear about the Second International Buddhist Youth Convention, held last October by India’s National Network of Buddhist Youth at Bordharan, attended by Order members and mitras from all around the world (11.5 minutes).

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Austria calling Triratna!

Posted by Munisha on Fri, 13 Jan, 2017 - 15:49

Austria calling Triratna!

Posted by Munisha on Fri, 13 Jan, 2017 - 15:49

Triratna is now so large, it can be hard to remember that there are still many countries without any Triratna activities at all, even in Europe. In Vienna last September I got together with Thomas and Carina Rotter, Austrian Buddhists longing for someone to start Triratna activities there.

Triratna may well be one of the Buddhist movements making greatest use of online communications and, as you’ll see, they’ve certainly made determined use of it!

Thomas writes: “I found Triratna at...

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Wonderful, thanks for sharing your experiences!

I had to respond because I discovered Buddhism while living in Austria, too! I was living in a Tyrollean alpine village (Reutte in Tirol), and basically taught myself to meditate through books. At some point, one of my best friends found out about a female priest  who led Zen meditation every month in a village nearby (40 minutes by car), so we became regulars there. 

After 9 months independent practice, I ended up in the UK, and have been spoilt for choice here. In a way, I suppose it is easy to take it all for granted, but I still come away blissed out on gratitude when I’ve been to the Buddhist Centre or spent time with sangha friends. 

Alles Gute und Liebe Xxx

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Hello Christine,

yeah, we also attended the buddhist centres nearby, and made a few wonderful spiritual friendships. But the historical lines didn’t totally fit. Some of the basic contradictoriness were always frustrating.

As we discovered the triratna way, it became so clear to accept that feeling, because it was not the Dharma, that didn’t fit to us, it was either the cultural transmission or the obvious contradictions between the earlier monastic life and the today’s life of the lay people within the historical traditions. I always found, the Dharma can help everyone in any situation. Not only in the next life or if you become a male monk.

Schöne Grüße und Metta
Thomas
 

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A really lovely story. It’s made me smile ear to ear. Not least because so much of Triratna online is now funded by FutureDharma Fund, our new fund that helps you support Triratna’s amazing work around the world. You can find out more at www.futuredharma.org.  

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A Statement by Urgyen Sangharakshita

Posted by Munisha on Wed, 4 Jan, 2017 - 21:51

A Statement by Urgyen Sangharakshita

Posted by Munisha on Wed, 4 Jan, 2017 - 21:51

As we reported over the holidays, on 21st December 2016, Triratna’s founder Sangharakshita went into hospital suffering with pneumonia. At the age of 91 this could have been very serious; however, making a good recovery he was able to return home to Adhisthana on New Year’s Eve.

On 30th December he released this public statement to the Order, reflecting on aspects of his life and his relationship to Triratna:

“Next year we shall be celebrating the...

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The 21-day kindness challenge starts Thursday!

Posted by Munisha on Tue, 3 Jan, 2017 - 19:28

The 21-day kindness challenge starts Thursday!

Posted by Munisha on Tue, 3 Jan, 2017 - 19:28

On Thursday this week the ‘Fortunate Women’ of Triratna’s Glasgow sangha are helping to launch ‘Kinder Scotland’ - a 21 day kindness challenge - open to anybody, not just Scotland. Sara Khorasani writes:

“Can we transform self and society though kindness? We know from research and our own experience that kindness can be radical. It has the power to change our relationship to ourselves and to others. The more you notice you are on the receiving...

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I will enjoy this challenge.

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Welcome on board!

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I’ll represent in Sheffield :-)

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Thanks Christine, great to see it spreading throughout the country. 

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Good news from Lama's Pyjamas

Posted by Munisha on Tue, 3 Jan, 2017 - 12:12

Good news from Lama's Pyjamas

Posted by Munisha on Tue, 3 Jan, 2017 - 12:12

Lama’s Pyjamas, the London Buddhist Centre’s charity shop, this week proudly launches its new website this week - with a fanfare of good news. 

The shop contributed £56,000 (over €66,000 / USD 68,000) in dana to support the work of the LBC in 2016, a new young person will be joining the team come the spring, the premises are now aglow with new lighting and to top it all, this small Triratna Team-Based Right Livelihood business heads into...

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Well done all of you!

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Bhante is home from hospital

Posted by Munisha on Tue, 3 Jan, 2017 - 09:52

Bhante is home from hospital

Posted by Munisha on Tue, 3 Jan, 2017 - 09:52

Parami writes:

“Dear brothers and sisters,

I am delighted to let you know that Bhante returned home to Adhisthana on New Year’s Eve. While he will need some time to recuperate, he is very pleased to be home. Please do continue to send metta to Bhante and to those who look after him with such love and attention.

With metta,
Parami”

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Wonderful news! Metta to Bhante and to those who are caring for him x

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Metta for Bhante and whole team who care him!

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Fabulous news! Metta to Bhante and all who care(d) for him x

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Clear Vision NewsByte: “Social Engagement and Liberation” conference, Nagpur

Posted by Munisha on Thu, 29 Dec, 2016 - 23:35

Clear Vision NewsByte: “Social Engagement and Liberation” conference, Nagpur

Posted by Munisha on Thu, 29 Dec, 2016 - 23:35

Clear Vision’s latest NewsByte (8 minutes) gives a strong impression of the atmosphere, participants and content of the ‘Social Engagement and Liberation’ conference, held 11th-14th October at Triratna’s Nagaloka Centre, near Nagpur, India. 

Held to mark the 60th anniversary of Dr Ambedkar’s conversion to Buddhism, the conference was a collaboration between Triratna and the International Network of Engaged Buddhists.

Clear Vision director Sanghadhara covered the conference for NewsByte. He writes:

“The conference...

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Well done, all. I am grateful to see this short video that shows the flavor and main intent of this international event. As many of us are working very close to home in our own locales it is heartening to see Nagaloka being able to offer a gathering place for people from around the world, coming together to look at issues of global impact. 

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well done Sanghadhara.  I think you captured the flavour of the conference well.

Parami