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Chairs' Letter – June 2020

Wed, 1 Jul, 2020 - 12:25

Chairs' Letter – June 2020

Wed, 1 Jul, 2020 - 12:25

Dear Order members

June was my last month of solitary lockdown in South Wales. In practice that meant spending even more time than usual on my computer, although I did manage one week offline. I also read Analayo’s Compassion and Emptiness and re-read The Glass Bead Game, and went for long walks along deserted lanes and footpaths in the national park.

I emerged from my week off to the deluge of discussion around the subject of race....

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Thank you, reading this relaxed a tension in my body I didn’t even realise I was holding. 

With love and in solidarity, 

Singhashri

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Exactly how I felt Singhashri. I realised that I was turning away from the movement because of that tension, and have just felt myself inch a little nearer back towards it xx

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Thank you for sharing this thoughtful and inspiring reflection.

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Dear Ratnadharini,

Thank you for this very inspiring, moving and interesting Letter. Lovely to learn more about you.

Love,
Munisha

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I appreciated your letter very much. Thank you for addressing the topic of racial oppression from both a personal and insightfully dharmic perspective.
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Chairs' Letter – May 2020

Sun, 31 May, 2020 - 20:42

Chairs' Letter – May 2020

Sun, 31 May, 2020 - 20:42

Dear Order members

For most of us, May has been another month of lockdown and increased online communication. The worldwide anxiety and fear that began centred around coronavirus, now extends to financial and mental health issues. Even if we are one of the fortunate ones not directly affected and in supportive conditions, we are likely to have friends or family who are not; and we are all going to be indirectly affected by changing worldwide conditions, in ways we can only begin...

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viradhamma's picture

Thank you very much for this update.  These messages are very helpful especially to those of us living in other countries.   With Metta,  Viradhamma

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thanks Viradhamma; glad to know they are helpful

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Thank you for this letter, and all the others, you so faithfully produce and send to us. This is a very good development.

With metta, Viryabodhi 

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thanks Viryabodhi

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Thank you very much Ratnadharini, it’s great to have this update and I hope they will become a regular feature. Thank you for all that you and the college members do to serve our community. Nandavajra

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Ordination Training Online during Covid-19

Fri, 29 May, 2020 - 11:48

Ordination Training Online during Covid-19

Fri, 29 May, 2020 - 11:48

This is a non-comprehensive gathering up of some of the provisions being made for ordination training online around the world during the Covid-19 pandemic. If you want to share other information to be included or ask a question, you can do so collegeassistant [at] adhisthana.org (subject: Ordination%20Training%20Online) (here).

(Updated 30 May)

At Tiratanaloka, UK:

The team at Tiratanaloka have been providing online study weeks, guided Prostration Practice every weekday afternoon on Zoom, as well as continuing personal communication...

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Rejoicing in Kamalashila – Satyaraja

Thu, 21 May, 2020 - 15:14

Rejoicing in Kamalashila – Satyaraja

Thu, 21 May, 2020 - 15:14

During the March Area College gathering for the UK, Ireland and Europe, Kamalashila attended for an evening to have a farewell following his retirement from the Preceptors’ College at the end of last year. He was able to share some of his current threads of practice and inspiration, and a number of those present rejoiced in him. Here we share two of those contributions from Sanghadevi and Satyaraja.

I first met Kamalashila in the early part of 1980 at...

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Rejoicing in Kamalashila – Sanghadevi

Thu, 21 May, 2020 - 15:09

Rejoicing in Kamalashila – Sanghadevi

Thu, 21 May, 2020 - 15:09

During the March Area College gathering for the UK, Ireland and Europe, Kamalashila attended for an evening to have a farewell following his retirement from the Preceptors’ College at the end of last year. He was able to share some of his current threads of practice and inspiration, and a number of those present rejoiced in him. Here we share two of those contributions from Sanghadevi and Satyaraja.

I have been with Kamalasila in meetings of the College and originally of the College...

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Chairs' Letter – April 2020

Mon, 4 May, 2020 - 11:06

Chairs' Letter – April 2020

Mon, 4 May, 2020 - 11:06

Dear Order members

April was a month that for most of us meant getting used to social distancing or lockdown; concern about the health of ourself or those near and dear to us; and financial anxiety – whether our own or that of the Buddhist Centres and other institutions. Some countries are beginning to consider how and when they might begin to lift restrictions; others are facing worsening conditions of health, finances, and even access to food.

We can only speculate about the future....

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Ordination at the London Buddhist Centre

Tue, 7 Apr, 2020 - 11:01

Ordination at the London Buddhist Centre

Tue, 7 Apr, 2020 - 11:01

Dear friends,

I am very happy to announce the public ordination of ex-Gus Miller took place on Sunday 5th of April at the London Buddhist Centre. The ordination was not public, but was live-streamed. You can see it here.

Gus becomes Sthiramanas, a Sansksrit name meaning Steadfast Mind.

Maitreyabandhu was his private preceptor and I was his public preceptor.

With metta,

Paramabandhu...

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Chairs' Letter – March 2020

Sat, 28 Mar, 2020 - 22:21

Chairs' Letter – March 2020

Sat, 28 Mar, 2020 - 22:21

These letters will be published here each month, as well as in Shabda, and preceptorscollege.online, as a means to communicate the ongoing work of the College Chair and updates on current discussions and decisions. Responses are welcomed.

Dear Order members,

I have just been part of witnessing the ordination of Varadhi in Melbourne, on Zoom, along with 106 others. Watching the communication between Maitripala, as Public Preceptor, and Itir / Varadhi, with the Buddha, Avalokitesvara, and Bhante...

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Ordination in Melbourne, Australia

Sat, 28 Mar, 2020 - 22:04

Ordination in Melbourne, Australia

Sat, 28 Mar, 2020 - 22:04

Dear Order members,

We are delighted to announce that Itir Binay from Melbourne, Australia was publicly ordained in Melbourne on Saturday 28th March, 2020.

Ex-Itir becomes Varadhī (last letter long i). Name meaning: She who has the highest wisdom. Westernised spelling: Varadhi

Public Preceptor: Maitripala
Private Preceptor: Chittaprabha

The ceremony was witnessed by over 100 members of our Sangha live on zoom. Here is the link of the recording which ends with a beautiful wave of sadhus around the world.

Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!

With metta,

Maitripala...

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A forthcoming Public Ordination in Melbourne

Fri, 27 Mar, 2020 - 11:10

A forthcoming Public Ordination in Melbourne

Fri, 27 Mar, 2020 - 11:10

Dear Order Members,

I plan to conduct a Public Ordination for Itir Binay on Saturday 28th March at 6.30pm Australian Eastern Standard Time.

The ceremony will take place at the Three Cords Buddhist community (named by Bhante Sangharakshita) in Melbourne, Australia.

Chittaprabha privately ordained Itir on Thursday 12th March in NSW Australia.

In this extraordinary situation the ceremony will be attended by two Order members from the community. A large number of invited sangha and Order Members will witness the ceremony on Zoom.

We hope to be able to record...

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