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College Working Arrangements Updated May 2018

Posted by Saccanama on Wed, 23 May, 2018 - 17:45

The Preceptors’ College has a number of agreed ways of going about our work as outlined in the Working Arrangements. While we observe them quite carefully, they are not fixed rules, but flexible responses to how best we can work together in the clearest and most spiritually useful way for the Order. From time to time we review and update them where necessary, as has recently happened.

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Thanks Saccanama and College for this document. Very clear.

I am left intrigued by C3 para 3.6  ” The Chair will try to develop ways of testing and training Private Preceptors, with the help of the Deputy-Chairs, and will train other College members in this work.” .What would be an example of  ‘testing’ a private preceptor?

with best wishes,

Archishmati

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Hi Arcismati,

It’s good to know that someone actually reads these things!

I think the ‘testing’ refers to the private preceptor process i.e. testing that they do have the confidence of the wider Order to conduct ordinations.

I hope that helps.

Love,

Saccanama

P.S. Saddhaloka adds - 

The implication of this section is simply that being appointed a Private Preceptor is not the end of the story, and that there will be ongoing training, for example through attending GFR retreats and working closely with the ordination teams, and through retreats specifically for Private Preceptors, led by Public Preceptors. Training will include areas like entering more deeply into the Six Element Practice and how to teach it, and similarly with sadhana. Also practise of the precepts and confession. We hope that the meeting of Kula Representatives from Areas around the world will be taking on more and more the whole  issue of Preceptor training, and ensuring shared standards around the world.

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Don’t worry Saccanama….. some of us read these things….. carefully! :-)  xx

arcismati's picture

yes, thanks for clarifying. Okay, I get it.

I appreciate all the work you ‘guys’ (=people) are doing!

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Out of interest, who are currently the Deputy-Chairs and Chair’s Council?

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List of Private and Public Preceptors

Posted by Saccanama on Tue, 23 Jan, 2018 - 10:42

This is a list of Order members who are Private Preceptors, by country - active Public Preceptors are indicated by PP after their name:

Australia
Arunamalin, Buddhadasa, Chittaprabha, Dharmananda, Khemadhamma, Maitripala (PP), Megha (PP), Nagasuri, Sanjiva, Satyagandhi, Siladasa (PP), Viraja, Sudrishti (PP), Shubhavyuha, Samacitta, Vidyatara

Belgium - Dhammaketu

Canada - Vimalasara

Estonia - Vaddhaka

Finland
Akasaka, Maharatnapriya, Sridevi

Germany
Amogharatna (PP), Bodhimitra, Dharmapriya, Kulanandi (PP), Padmaketu, Prasadavati, Taracitta, Nirmala

India
Achala, Adityabodhi...

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A Rainbow of Qualities - Celebrating Subhuti by Padmavajra

Posted by Saccanama on Fri, 1 Dec, 2017 - 18:02

A Rainbow of Qualities – celebrating Subhuti by Padmavajra

In the course of the last gathering of public preceptors at Adhisthana in November, Subhuti told us that he had decided to retire from the College of Public Preceptors.

Subhuti has been at the heart of the College from the very beginning. He was the first chairman of the College and has played a leading part in giving the College its form and shape. Subhuti was, in fact,  a preceptor before there was even a...

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Order members changing their Order name

Posted by Saccanama on Wed, 22 Nov, 2017 - 10:47

There has recently been a lot of discussion following on from an Order member announcing a change of her Order name. Her preceptor and other College members are now in dialogue with her, and we very much hope that any outstanding issues around this particular instance will soon be resolved on a basis of metta and mutual understanding.

However, as an important principle is involved in Order members changing their name we decided that we needed to discuss this whole area at...

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Thank you Saddhaloka. Really appreciate the clarity around this and the care you have taken to communicate it.

Sucimani xx

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Just to be clear, the discussion at the college meeting, although it had been triggered by the situation mentioned in this piece, was a discussion about the principle of name change and was not about the individual concerned. 

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Hi Saddhaloka,

I understand that the Order Member mentioned’s preferred pronouns are “they” and “them”. I think it would be kind and respectful to honour that request.

Prabhakari

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Hi prabhakari, In conversation with the order member in question they told me that although they is their preferred pronoun, they are happy with either they or she.

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ok, thanks for clarifying that, Parami

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Parami, Lokeshvara and Saddhaloka In Conversation

Posted by parami on Sat, 18 Mar, 2017 - 15:08

A new podcast from some members of the Adhisthana Kula as they come to the end of a 10-day meeting of the College. 

A great little summary of some of the more general issues discussed, including those arising from historical controversies in Triratna (formerly the FWBO). We get a little taster of other conversations to come - with news of new media, and of prospective reconciliation possibilities within the wider community.

What emerges is a picture of the College at a...

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Dhammadinna’s reflections on her many years of living in Triratna communities

Posted by Saccanama on Thu, 2 Feb, 2017 - 16:14

I live in Samayakula community, along with eleven other women, in two adjoining houses, near the London Buddhist Centre.  We have not long come back together after the mid-winter/new year break.  Some of us have been on the LBC winter retreats and returned with many stories to tell. Others have been to visit family, or stayed at home in the community.  On our first community evening of the New Year we launched our ‘rainy season light’ for the month...

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Maitreyi writes about life at Tiratanaloka

Posted by Saccanama on Thu, 2 Feb, 2017 - 15:48

This time of year at Tiratanaloka is quite magical; we’ve had days of hard frost and bright sunshine, and today, driving into Brecon with Kalyacitta for a swim, a huge arc of a rainbow, its colours pale and muted against the rainclouds, cast an otherworldly light on the green hills.

There’s a post-ordination retreat taking place in the Retreat Centre currently; twelve dharmacharinis who were ordained at Akashavana last summer. At this end of the building in the community, a few of...

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