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Maitripala from Australia becomes a public preceptor

Posted by Saccanama on Sat, 23 Dec, 2017 - 12:18

Maitripala from Australia becomes a public preceptor

Posted by Saccanama on Sat, 23 Dec, 2017 - 12:18

Maitripala introduces herself - 
I came across the Dharma in 1991 when I attended a weekend course led by Buddhadasa and Guhyavajra in Melbourne. 
Both Buddhadasa and Dayamegha were my first main dharma teachers. 
I was bringing up my three daughters in the lovely forest town of Emerald about an hour and half from Melbourne. I taught for many years at the local Primary School and was passionate...

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Congratulations, Maitripala, a valuable step for the sangha in Australia and New Zealand, another home grown public preceptor.

Sobhanandi

sucimani's picture

Fabulous news. I am very proud of you my dear ordination sister. You will be of great benefit in Australia and New Zealand.

Many sadhus.

Sucimani xx

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Sadhu to you, Maitripala! I’m sure you will be/are a great addition to the Public Preceptors’ body in Australasia! Love, Samacitta

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Fantastic Maitripala, sending much love from Akashamani

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Sadhu dear Maitripala. Good news for Australasia and the world! With love to you, Kalyanasri

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21 women's ordinations in India December 2017

Posted by Saccanama on Fri, 22 Dec, 2017 - 09:01

21 women's ordinations in India December 2017

Posted by Saccanama on Fri, 22 Dec, 2017 - 09:01

Dear friends

We are very happy to announce that on Sunday 17 December 2017 the following 21 women had their public ordination at Saddhamma Pradeep retreat centre Bhaja.

This is the largest number of Dhammacharinis to be ordained at one time in India.


Private Preceptor Karunamaya:

1) Sunanda Popatkar, Nagpur
becomes Shraddhakirti
Name meaning: She...

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Ordination in Auckland New Zealand on 16th December 2017

Posted by Saccanama on Wed, 20 Dec, 2017 - 12:06

Ordination in Auckland New Zealand on 16th December 2017

Posted by Saccanama on Wed, 20 Dec, 2017 - 12:06

Saturday December 16th 2017 was a special day with a public ordination taking place at the Auckland Buddhist Centre. Geoff Walker became Dhiramuni, having been privately ordained by Ratnavyuha a week earlier at Sudarshanaloka, and then publicly ordained by Purna.  About 80 Order members, mitras and friends were present.

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Karunamaya talks about her plans for a women's retreat centre in India

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

Karunamaya talks to Saccanama about her plans for a women’s retreat centre at Bhaja in India and also about two of the women she will be ordaining at Bhaja in December.

If you want to donate to the retreat centre project, you can do so via the India Dhamma Trust - https://indiadhammatrust.org 

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Thanks so much for posting this. It’s great to hear from Karunamaya, and get a little glimpse of the ordination process for women in India. I hope the plans for a retreat centre for women come through, and that the ordination teams receive enough support for people to be ordained in a timely fashion.Karunamaya mentions a concern that the ordination teams receive funding first, rather than it being diverted to the retreat centre, so bear this in mind if you are considering donating.

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Hi, just to clarify from the India Dhamma Trust’s point of view, we will sponsor the vital work of the ordination teams first before sponsoring the women’s retreat centre.  The ordination teams keep the whole Movement vital and alive, bringing people into the Order from all over India and inspiring their practice once they are ordained.  The more donations we receive, we can make sure the ordination teams are well supported and ensure the women’s retreat centre gets the funds it needs.

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Dhammadinna - Some words on being a College member and a public preceptor

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

Dhammadinna - Some words on being a College member and a public preceptor

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

Some words on being a College Member and a Public Preceptor 

Dhammadinna

This year, after much consideration and consultation, I decided, for health reasons, that I needed to retire from the College.  I am in my early 70’s so it also felt timely from that point of view. I attended a few days of the recent November College meeting for my farewell, which involved a delicious meal followed by very...

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Dear Dhammadinna,

You remain an inspiration regardless of what position you hold. Your influence is global and I for one am a stronger Order Member for having met you. May your wisdom grow ever deeper in this new phase of life.

With abounding metta,

Bodhidasa

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Dear Dhammadina

You have been an inspiration to me ever since we sat on the wall in the courtyard of the LBC in 1990 during a break in the Bodhi Heart wk you were leading when you listened attentively to me as I told about leaving my marriage of twenty-five years. For the first time I felt I was heard and understood. A truly empathic way of being.

Much love Ratnachuda

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Hi Dhammadina

It’s lovely to hear your story of being part of the college and a public preceptor. Many thanks for all that you’ve done for our Order and movement. I wish you well in this next phase of your life.

Metta

Vishangka x

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A million sadhus! You have given so much and inspired and influenced so many of us. Good to read a little of your experience of all those years.  lots of love Khemajoti

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Thank you for writing about your experience of Public Precepting which was lovely to read. You have been kind to me at a number of crucial points in my spiritual life - memorably at the LBC in 1988, at Twemlows Ave in 1992 or 93, in Birmingham in 1996, and again in the early 2000s… and many points in between. You have been a wonderful treasure for the Order and movement. I hope you enjoy your retirement - if that’s what it is..? Love, Samacitta 

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Subhuti: Retirement from the College

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

Subhuti: Retirement from the College

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

Retirement from the College 

As I have been approaching my 70th birthday in December this year, I have for some time been considering retiring from the College. After consulting with Bhante, Saddhaloka and his Deputies, the Adhisthana Kula members, my own Indian Kula, and other close friends, I have decided to take that step. This has therefore been my last College meeting as an active Public ...

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Dear Subhuti,

Thank you for all the work you have done to help the spiritual growth of our Order. Thank you too for exemplifying the principle of moving back to allow other people to step into the responsibilities which you have been holding.

I’m looking forward to seeing what your next step turns out to be… especially if it means more teaching the Dhamma and kalyana mitrata!

With lots of love & appreciation

Vajranatha 

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Hi Subhuti

Many many thanks for all that you have given to the order and college over the years. I find your example so inspiring and I wish you well in this next phase of your life. I look forward to seeing what arises!

Metta

Vishangka x

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28 years! Thank you for all you have given in that time.  I do hope that new, creative space opens up for you and that you enjoy and spiritually benefit from whatever emerges. With metta Khemajoti

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Thank you so much Subhuti for all that you have done for Triratna and the world. Your exhortation to bring about a Dharma revolution to also include the poor and marginalised in our society has been my compass for many years and you having said it made me feel I could be part of the Order and give of myself in my own unique and imperfect way. I wish you deep fulfilment, creativity and happiness. May all blessings be yours.

With deep thanks

Amaladipa

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Dear Subhuti,

thank you so much for all you have done and for all you have given, I believe the Order owes you an immense debt of gratitude for this, there is so much that could be rejoiced in.

With love,
Sanghanistha

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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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Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!

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Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!

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Sadhu indeed! Many thanks. x Munisha

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Padmasuri welcomes her good friend Malini to the College

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

Padmasuri welcomes her good friend Malini to the College

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

It is our great good fortune that Malini has joined the College of public preceptors and just attended her first college meeting at Adhisthana.  Malini’s initial contact with Bhante was attending a meditation class led by him in the basement room of Sakura in Monmouth street, central London, in 1967.  Today she is the longest standing Dharmacharini in the world – quite an accolade!  Ordained  in 1969 at the...

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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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sucimani's picture

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

Sucimani xx

parami's picture

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

parami's picture

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