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Growth Fund 2016 open for applications

Posted by Munisha on Tue, 22 Mar, 2016 - 17:37

Applications are invited to the Growth Fund, closing date 9th May 2016.

The Growth Fund is a small fund made available by Triratna’s European Chairs’ Assembly (ECA) every year, for local projects leading to a growth in numbers of people having access to Triratna classes in basic meditation and Dharma.

Mokshini writes from the ECA’s Growth Fund Committee with more detail.

“This year we have a total of around £6,418 to give away in small amounts of up to £1,000 each to Triratna projects around the world (excluding India, for which Karuna...

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Is Buddhist healthcare chaplaincy for you?

Posted by Munisha on Fri, 18 Dec, 2015 - 19:19

Many of you were inspired by Clear Vision’s NewsByte video about Amitasurī’s work as a Buddhist healthcare chaplain in a hospital in Manchester, UK, earlier this year. 

If you’re in Britain, here’s an opportunity to find out more about this work and see whether it is something you’d like to take further. The Healthcare Chaplaincy Faith and Belief Group are offering a ‘Starting out in Healthcare Chaplaincy’ course in Manchester, UK, February-April 2016.

Open to those of any faith or belief group,...

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Sangharakshita@90 - A Life In Objects (Coming Soon!)

Posted by Centre Team on Thu, 30 Jul, 2015 - 19:07

Urgyen Sangharakshita turns 90 in August 2015 - and his birthday wish is that his legacy of written Dharma be secure and continue to reach people all over the world. To celebrate the campaign to raise the funds required for his Complete Works we’ll be bringing you a brand new series of 9 interviews with Sangharakshita - one for each decade of his life.

In these very personal conversations with Saddhanandi, Bhante chooses objects from each period of...

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UK Buddhist chaplaincy training course starts soon

Posted by Munisha on Wed, 1 Apr, 2015 - 12:58

Kalyana Mitra: The Buddhist Chaplaincy Support Group is a UK Buddhist initiative offering training in chaplaincy work for Buddhists of all traditions. Their next training course starts on 12th April and runs for seven Sundays until 1st November, in London and Birmingham. See below for information.

They write: “The aim of these training groups is to explore and share experiences that help develop skills, competencies and capabilities in offering and providing spiritual and religious support to others in a wide...

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Three papers from the UN Day of Vesak Conference 2014

Posted by Munisha on Fri, 27 Jun, 2014 - 15:31
Here are the three papers presented by Amoghamati, Karunamati and Vajrapushpa at the United Nations Day of Vesak Conference 2014 in Vietnam.

Read their report on the conference.
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Thank you for posting these I’ve just read Amoghamati’s paper - fabulous. I’m Vegan because of the environment and it’s so wonderful to see it put down so eloquently. I’m looking forward to reading the others.
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Thank you for posting – wonderful!
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1878 Order Members - one Bodhisattva!

Posted by lokabandhu on Sun, 11 May, 2014 - 05:48
There are now approaching 1900 Order Members in Triratna, spread across nearly 30 countries. In a remarkable feat of computer graphics, their photographs, together with those of all those Order Members who have died, plus several hundred works of Buddhist art, have all been assembled into a single ‘mosaic’ image of the Thousand-Armed Avalokitesvara - a Bodhisattva who has long been taken as a symbol of the Order.

The complete image is available for download from The...
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How clever…and beautiful!
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Making a Statement on Buddhist Violence against Muslims in Burma

Posted by Munisha on Thu, 24 Oct, 2013 - 12:15
The continuing violence by Buddhists against Muslims in Burma has been viewed with dismay by many Buddhists worldwide. Non-Buddhists, familiar with Buddhism’s reputation for non-violence, have found it baffling.

There have been occasional requests to Triratna Buddhist Centres for statements condemning this violence. After considerable deliberation, and with strong encouragement from Triratna’s founder, Sangharakshita, four writers have arrived at a text, signed individually by him and a number of preceptors, east and west. This is not a statement on...
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I am a mitra with triratna in Bristol. I was pleased to find this statement as I feel there is a case for recognising the value of communication between different Buddhist communities/ Sanghas. I have been trying to find an address for in particular Ashin Wirathu and the 696 movement, to send something well written about other Buddhist veiws on this matter to and possibly to other sanghas in Sri Lanka with similar veiws toward Muslims. As I feel direct communication would be worthwhile, so long as it is consideratly writen, it surely can do no harm. I note that you have said people are welcome to display this text or forward it. I was wondering if anyone knew of an address or addresses to send it to.
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I don’t have an address for them but you could try Googling the Burma Campaign UK and asking them. They were very happy to hear about our statement and to forward it widely across Asian media etc. Munisha
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I’m a bit worried by the statement “The Bodhgaya bombings may well have been an Islamist retaliation for Buddhist violence against Muslims - not just in Burma but in Sri Lanka and elsewhere in Asia.” as it appears to mitigate Islamic extremism. One could equally say that the Buddhist attacks on Muslims in Burma are in response to extremely violent attacks by Muslims on Buddhists in the Bangladesh/Burma border region. If one condemns violence it should not be one sided. Also, a joint statement signed by the Founder himself and by the preceptors in the UK, North America, India,Spain and Latin America does seem to be a statement on behalf of , at least, a powerful section of the Triratna Buddhist Order.
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Dear Sesame123, thank you for your comment received while I was on a midwinter break. I have removed the sentence to which you refer. The intention was simply to make the very Buddhist point that actions have consequences - that violence tends to beget violence, whether it’s Buddhist violence or Muslim violence - but it’s a bigger topic which is not well served here. You are right that the signatories are all senior members of Triratna but they have definitely signed in their own names alone and not on behalf of anyone else, however they may be seen by others. With best wishes, Munisha