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Buddhist Action Month is nearly here. What are you planning?

Posted by Sadayasihi on Fri, 18 May, 2018 - 11:52

Buddhist Action Month is nearly here. What are you planning?

Posted by Sadayasihi on Fri, 18 May, 2018 - 11:52

June is Buddhist Action Month (BAM) and Triratna Sanghas all over the world have been planning activities as part of this festival of Buddhist social action. Beginning in 2012 as a day, this is a pan-Buddhist initiative from the UK’s Network of Buddhist Organisations

This year we have an invitation to explore two particular angles of ‘transforming self, transforming world’:

transforming self: looking at the effect of digital technology on the well-being of us as individuals and on society
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Sangharakshita's diary

Posted by Sadayasihi on Wed, 2 May, 2018 - 15:09

Sangharakshita's diary

Posted by Sadayasihi on Wed, 2 May, 2018 - 15:09

Sthanashraddha is Bhante’s secretary. He writes from AdhisthanaUK:

“Spring only really fully arrived towards the end of April, and it was less than a month ago that the gardens were covered in our last batch of snowfall. But, yes, eventually after what felt like weeks of watching tulip flowers develop buds and slowly watching them rise up on their stems, and slowly see buds swelling, we had a few days of warm weather and sunshine, and...

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Public Ordinations at Guhyaloka Retreat Centre in Spain

Posted by Sadayasihi on Wed, 2 May, 2018 - 10:13

Public Ordinations at Guhyaloka Retreat Centre in Spain

Posted by Sadayasihi on Wed, 2 May, 2018 - 10:13

We are delighted to announce the names of the seventeen new Dharmacharis who were publicly ordained on the 30th April at Guhyaloka Retreat Centre.

Public Preceptor Arthapriya

Martin Harris becomes Maitrisimha
A Sanskrit name meaning “Lion of Loving Kindness”
Westernised spelling: Maitrisingha
Private preceptor: Paramabandhu

Dominic Reynolds becomes Moksaghosa
A Sanskrit name meaning “Voice of Liberation”
Westernised spelling: Mokshaghosha
Private preceptor: Ratnaghosha

John Halsall becomes Hrdyavaca
A Sanskrit name meaning “He Who Speaks from...

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Expressing the Bodhisattva Ideal in the World: Ambedkar and the Gypsies in Hungary

Posted by Sadayasihi on Mon, 23 Apr, 2018 - 11:53

Expressing the Bodhisattva Ideal in the World: Ambedkar and the Gypsies in Hungary

Posted by Sadayasihi on Mon, 23 Apr, 2018 - 11:53

From the 10th to the 13th May 2018 the Dutch and the Belgian Sanghas are holding an Order-Mitra Convention at the Dutch retreat centre Metta Vihara, to which they have invited some Mitras from the Hungarian gypsy community. The Convention will be held in English and any Mitra or Order Member are welcome to attendFuture Dharma have provided funding to enable these Mitras, as well as Maitriveer Nagarjuna - who will be giving a key talk on Dr Ambedkar - to attend...

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Triratna and the Mindfulness Initiative in the UK

Posted by Sadayasihi on Fri, 20 Apr, 2018 - 14:44

Triratna and the Mindfulness Initiative in the UK

Posted by Sadayasihi on Fri, 20 Apr, 2018 - 14:44

As mindfulness has entered the mainstream of Western societies, one of the most striking developments is the popularity of mindfulness practice among British Members of Parliament and the connections they have made to public policy. Triratna has had a significant presence in this process.  Vishvapani, one of those involved, updates us on this work and writes:  “A few years ago, when these discussions started, I don’t think any of us imagined that their potential ramifications could be so far-reaching.” 

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New Inter-Buddhist Union formed in Ireland

Posted by Sadayasihi on Mon, 9 Apr, 2018 - 16:37

New Inter-Buddhist Union formed in Ireland

Posted by Sadayasihi on Mon, 9 Apr, 2018 - 16:37

Maitrikaya from the Dublin Buddhist Centre writes: “On March 24th 2018 at the historic Rotunda building in Dublin a meeting took place to establish the Irish Buddhist Union (IBU) to represent Buddhism in Ireland. The IBU is a new umbrella association of Buddhist Sanghas and Organisations in Ireland. It is envisioned as a fellowship of Irish Buddhists, intending to bring Buddhist ideas and principles to the attention of wider Irish society.

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Sadhu to all involved, may it benefit many. A 12% growth in 7 years in big. Do you know which faiths have grown even more than Buddhism in Ireland??

Kind wishes

Vajracaksu 

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Hi Vajracaksu,

Interesting question! Looking at the information from the Central Statistics Office (which you can find here) there were two other religions which grew more than Buddhism in Ireland between 2011 and 2016:  there was a 28.1% increase in the number of Muslims (up to 63,443 people) and a 34% increase in the number of Hindus (up to 14,332 people).  Buddhism is the next largest non-Christian religion after that.  The next census will be in 2021 so it will be interesting to see if the upwards growth of Buddhists in Ireland continues!

With Metta,

Sadayasihi

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Thank you Sadayasihi for taking the trouble to respond, I’ve taken a bit of a look at the link you sent. It seems to me that the wording of the original article was not accurate. The numbers of Buddhists are growing in Ireland but that Buddhism is one of the slowest or the slowest growing one:

Hindus 34%
Jewish 28.9%
Muslims 28.1%

Buddhist 12.1%

It is great that more people are interested in the Dharma of course but in this day and age I’m especially fond of ‘accuracy of narration.’

Thank you for the job you’re doing.

Kind wishes

Vajracaksu 

 

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Thanks for pointing this out Vajracaksu.  I take your point about accuracy of narrative. Just to say that I think Maitrikaya got that statistic from an article in the Irish Times, a national newspaper.

If you look at the list of religions (in the database list) there are 53 listed.  Without going through all 53 (and deciphering which are Christian and non-Christian) and calculating the % growth or otherwise between 2011 and 2016 I can’t definitely dispute whether Buddhism should now go from being described as the fastest growing to the slowest growing religion or not.   

However the fact remains that the numbers of Buddhists in Ireland according to the census indicate that it is the third largest grouping after Muslims and Hindus, which seems the most significant point, and why at this juncture an Irish Inter-Buddhist network would be warranted.

I hope things are going well in Istanbul.

With Metta,
Sadayasihi

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Yes while apologising for not being more accurate with the stats I did take them from the newspaper acticle but it must be said they came from the IBU press release drawn up by a colleague which I took as accurate. Point taken Vajracaksu your work in Turkey inspires. 

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Supporting the Venezuelan Sangha

Posted by Sadayasihi on Fri, 6 Apr, 2018 - 11:15

Supporting the Venezuelan Sangha

Posted by Sadayasihi on Fri, 6 Apr, 2018 - 11:15

With the help of Future Dharma Fund, three Order Members from the UK and Spain visited Merida in Venezuela to help the Sangha there, who are growing despite being in challenging conditions. Aryavachin (living in Nottingham but from Venezuela), Manjusiha (from Padmaloka, UK) and Padmashalin (from Valencia, Spain) have been kept busy in Venezuala!

Aryavachin has been keeping a record of the visit, which started with an afternoon on William Blake and the integration of...

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Sangharakshita's diary

Posted by Sadayasihi on Wed, 4 Apr, 2018 - 12:15

Sangharakshita's diary

Posted by Sadayasihi on Wed, 4 Apr, 2018 - 12:15

Sthanashraddha is Bhante’s secretary. He writes from AdhisthanaUK:

As March draws to a close, and the clocks have sprung forward an hour, spring is poking its head up through the soil and swelling in buds on branches all around Adhisthana. Though we have had some terribly cold and snowy days there have also been some sunny ones, and when bright and dry if maybe not so warm, Bhante has taken what opportunities he could and enjoyed a morning walk...

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Four New Volumes of The Complete Works of Sangharakshita

Posted by Sadayasihi on Wed, 28 Mar, 2018 - 14:33

Four New Volumes of The Complete Works of Sangharakshita

Posted by Sadayasihi on Wed, 28 Mar, 2018 - 14:33

As part of the celebrations around the 50th anniversary of the Triratna Order, Windhorse Publications will release four new volumes of The Complete Works of Sangharakshita in early April.

The Complete Works include all previously published work by Sangharakshita, as well as talks, seminars and writings published for the first time. This collection represents the definitive edition of his life’s work as a Buddhist writer and teacher.

Launched in Oct, 2016 with Dr. Ambedkar...

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The Urygen Sangharakshita International School in India

Posted by Sadayasihi on Mon, 12 Mar, 2018 - 12:46

The Urygen Sangharakshita International School in India

Posted by Sadayasihi on Mon, 12 Mar, 2018 - 12:46

There are many different Buddhist projects happening around the Triratna world.  One interesting project is a school run by Buddhists in Amravati in Maharashtra, in India.

The Urygen Sangharakshita International School was officially opened by Subhuti in 2016.  It was the brainchild of Mitra Sandeep Janardan Rakshit (a teacher in a Marathi state school) who felt that setting up a Buddhist school would be a worthwhile endeavour - and ‘Urygen Sangharaskhita’ seemed like a fitting name as a mark of...

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