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Dharma-Rama art exhibition in Wellington, New Zealand

Tue, 19 Feb, 2019 - 11:40

Dharma-Rama art exhibition in Wellington, New Zealand

Tue, 19 Feb, 2019 - 11:40

Five friends and artists who all go to the Wellington Buddhist Centre in New Zealand have just been having their second exhibition together. The artists are: Kathleen Beeler, Amalaratna, David Litchfield, Anne Munz and Achalamuni (Donald Woolford).

The name they have used for their exhibition, Dharma-Rama, is a made up one. 

Achalamuni explains the origin of the name and the significance of working together: “‘Dharma’ is obvious, but the ‘Rama’ part comes not from Pali or Sanskrit but from words such as...

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Young Buddhist Coordinator in Australia and New Zealand

Fri, 15 Feb, 2019 - 10:49

Young Buddhist Coordinator in Australia and New Zealand

Fri, 15 Feb, 2019 - 10:49

In order to build on the already vibrant Young Buddhist activities in Australia and New Zealand, Future Dharma are now supporting a Triratna Young Buddhist Coordinator for the entire Area for 2 days per week. Dhammakumāra, currently Triratna’s youngest Order member, moved from the UK to take up this role in August 2018.

Dhammakumāra is currently based in Sydney but travels to other centres in Australia and New Zealand quite often. Here he explains a bit about the role...

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Great to have you with us!

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interesting 

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We really appreciate all the Dharma work you are doing here in the NZ/Aus Area Dhammakumara. It’s exciting to see the Young Dharma activities bearing fruit within our sangha.

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Pujas with Altitude

Thu, 14 Feb, 2019 - 17:21

Pujas with Altitude

Thu, 14 Feb, 2019 - 17:21

Here’s an interesting initiative: Pujas with Altitude! It’s a chance to climb Snowdon, the highest mountain in the UK, take part in three pujas - on lake, hill and ancient woodland - as well as raise money for Taraloka, in particular, to help build an ‘Earth-Sky’ Garden.

Animisha is one person who has accepted this challenge! She writes: “Taraloka has been an important retreat centre for women to be able to come together to practice.  It...

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The Three Jewels meet the Climate Emergency

Mon, 11 Feb, 2019 - 16:05

The Three Jewels meet the Climate Emergency

Mon, 11 Feb, 2019 - 16:05

In December the Bristol Buddhist Centre hosted a practice morning on the theme ‘The Three Jewels Meet the Climate Emergency’. The event offered a space for the Sangha to come together to explore thoughts and feelings around the climate emergency, how Dharma practice helps with facing the reality of the situation, and what ‘taking action’ might look like in this context. This was followed by an action outside Barclays bank in the afternoon with meditation, leafletting and singing ‘climate carols.’

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parami's picture

Great to read this

thanks 🙏🏼 Parami

Tejopala's picture

Really wonderful to read this, and to listen to the talks. Thank you!

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Hi,

Those of you in Britain may be interested in the UK Buddhist Climate Action Training day taking place in Brixton, South London on 23rd February.

It’s being run by Religions for Peace, GreenFaith, and the Faith for the Climate Network, with the support of the Network of Buddhist Organisations UK.

All Buddhists welcome. More details here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/391857518026545/

Metta, Munisha

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Thanks for this Munisha. I am spreading the word locally in the Brixton. 

saravantu's picture

Thank you Amrtanadi for such a beautiful, heartfelt and clear piece. So inspiring to hear about you teaching the Metta Bhavana to activists. Helping people deepen self metta and not demonise others feels such a vital contribution. 

Much love

Saravantu x

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Triratna India: Dhammamitra Diksha Ceremony

Mon, 4 Feb, 2019 - 14:49

Triratna India: Dhammamitra Diksha Ceremony

Mon, 4 Feb, 2019 - 14:49

33 young people from Wardha, India, recently made a commitment to follow the Buddhist path in the context of the Triratna Buddhist Community during a Dhammamitra Diksha Ceremony. More than 500 people were present to witness the public declaration they made of their ‘Going for Refuge’ to the Three Jewels.  Here is a short video by Triratna India Media about this event.

Triratna India Media is inspired by the radical vision of Dr B. R....

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Mindfulness in Society: Vishvapani’s Talks and Debates

Fri, 1 Feb, 2019 - 10:42

Mindfulness in Society: Vishvapani’s Talks and Debates

Fri, 1 Feb, 2019 - 10:42

Mindfulness practices are spreading across western societies, prompting widespread interest as well as challenges from Buddhists and critics. Behind these discussions is the question: can mindfulness be a force for change in society, and if so, what are the risks for Buddhism and for society?

Vishvapani is very involved in these discussions in the UK. He teaches mindfulness in Cardiff, is the Wales Director of The Mindfulness Initiative (an advocacy group that promotes mindfulness to policy makers)...

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I’m very, very pleased that you’re doing this work Vishvapani, very encouraging. 

Kind wishes

Vajracaksu

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Just watched the debate and it’s great to see you in that forum speaking from a Buddhist perspective. Thank you and well done.

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Aryanita becomes Chair of the Paris Buddhist Centre

Tue, 29 Jan, 2019 - 17:25

Aryanita becomes Chair of the Paris Buddhist Centre

Tue, 29 Jan, 2019 - 17:25

Ujumani from the Paris Buddhist Centre writes: “After 11 years, Vassika has handed on the chairmanship of the Paris Buddhist Centre to Aryanita. Many people gathered on Sunday 27th January at the Buddhist Centre to celebrate this change - people from Brussels, England, the Alps, Clermont-Ferrand, the Mediterranean coast and, of course, from Paris and its region - including friends of the Centre from long ago, some of whom had not been to the Centre for a long...

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Sadhu, sadhu, sadhu :)

Good and kind wishes from Turkey

Vajracaksu

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Well done Vassika and Aryanita!

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Very moving to read of this big moment in the life of the Paris Centre, and the seismic shift in the lives of those concerned. Wishing you a lovely ‘retirement’ Vassika - if that’s what it will be?? And sending much encouragement and congratulations to Aryanita!

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The Oceania 3 Chairs Meeting

Thu, 24 Jan, 2019 - 15:40

The Oceania 3 Chairs Meeting

Thu, 24 Jan, 2019 - 15:40

On Friday 30th November 2018, the Chairs of three of the four main Triratna Buddhist Centres in the South Pacific met in Sydney. European Chairs have long been very well networked via the European Chairs’ Assembly, but such gatherings are still under development in other parts of the world. In Australia/New Zealand, there has never been a Movement Strand (Order members running Triratna Centres) gathering and it is believed that this was the first ever meeting of Chairs across the whole of Oceania.

Dantacitta from Melbourne, Saradarshini from...

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Well done! Very pleased to read this and I hope it’s a beginning and next time even more chairs & group leaders can take part. Such meetings can be such a great support.
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Read Samples of Upcoming Windhorse Publications

Read Samples of Upcoming Windhorse Publications

Fri, 18 Jan, 2019 - 12:27

Windhorse Publications have a number of new books in the pipeline for 2019 - from the next four volumes of the Complete Works of Sangharakshita to books by Vajragupta, Paramananda, Anālayo and David Brazier.   

Read more about Windhorse Publications in 2019 

Some good news: You can now read the forewords of the next four volumes of the Complete Works (which will be published and sent to subscribers in April 2019) online!

  • Vol 2: The Three Jewels I 
  • ...
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Safeguarding in Triratna: an update

Thu, 22 Nov, 2018 - 10:18

Safeguarding in Triratna: an update

Thu, 22 Nov, 2018 - 10:18

Since 2015, ‘Safeguarding’ has become an integral part of the life of Triratna organisations in the UK, and indeed those in many other countries, even where Safeguarding as understood in Britain is unknown. (See below for an explanation of Safeguarding.)

All Triratna centres in the UK now have Safeguarding policies and named Safeguarding officers. Triratna centres in other countries are encouraged to do the same, or to do whatever is required locally; and many have done so.

Earlier this year Triratna’s Ethics kula...