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A Rainbow of Qualities - Celebrating Subhuti by Padmavajra

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

Fri, 1 Dec, 2017 - 18:02

Padmasuri welcomes her good friend Malini to the College

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

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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Order members changing their Order name

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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Ordinations in Manchester and Dublin on 7th October 2017

Thu, 12 Oct, 2017 - 09:59

Ordinations in Manchester and Dublin on 7th October 2017

Thu, 12 Oct, 2017 - 09:59

Saturday October 7th 2017 was a special day with 2 public ordinations staking place. First, at the Manchester Buddhist Centre, Claire Walsh became Nischalasri, having been privately ordained by Amritamati at Tiratanaloka and then publicly ordained by Dayanandi in her home town Buddhist Centre. Then, a few hours later, Keith Hogan had his public ordination in Dublin (the first to take place on Irish soil)...

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Amogharatna shares some of his life in Berlin

Tue, 3 Oct, 2017 - 10:48

Amogharatna shares some of his life in Berlin

Tue, 3 Oct, 2017 - 10:48

At the beginning of March this year I handed on my responsibilities as chair of Buddhistisches Tor Berlin, our Triratna centre in the capital of Germany, to the very capable and delightful Aryabandhu. Having oriented my life around the needs of the centre during my thirteen years as chair, I was pleasantly surprised by the ease with which I was able to ‘let go’ of my centre responsibilities. No doubt this process...

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Good to hear about your life, Amogharatna, brings back many fond memories! Well done for taking on this significant role and all the best for your Einbürgerung (think that’s the word! Much love, Akasharaja

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Thanks for your account of your last few months. I certainly wish you luck with your citizen test and beyond.
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Lieber Amogharatna, das ist wirklich schön von dir und deinen ersten sechs Monaten als Öffentlicher Präzeptor (??) zu hören und ich wünsche dir auch alles Gute mit dem Test!

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Dear Amogharatna. You are a precious treasure, much gratitude for all that you do and so lovely to see you in action at Guhyaloka. A big thankyou for all that you do           Much Metta Amoghavamsa

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Ashokashri writes about her work for the College in North America

Tue, 3 Oct, 2017 - 10:41

Ashokashri writes about her work for the College in North America

Tue, 3 Oct, 2017 - 10:41

At the end of July Karunadevi and myself arrived at Aryaloka for a 5 week stay and a whole series of events.
On the first weekend, 13 Dharmacarinis (unfortunately no men were free to join us) got together for a heart-warming Order weekend where we explored the stages of sadhana practice outlined in the Manjugosha Stuti Sadhana using material from talks I had given at a preceptors retreat in the...

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Ordinations at Padmaloka September 2017

Sun, 1 Oct, 2017 - 18:00

Ordinations at Padmaloka September 2017

Sun, 1 Oct, 2017 - 18:00

Ordinations at Padmaloka

The following men had their public ordination on Saturday 30th September at Padmaloka

Public Preceptor Surata:

Terry Diffey becomes Prasannamanas
Name meaning: He whose mind is clear
Private Preceptor: Yashodeva

Public Preceptor Satyaraja:

Lindsay Robertson becomes Akashavajra (long first and second a)
Name...

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Ordinations at Akashavana September 2017

Sat, 23 Sep, 2017 - 12:17

Ordinations at Akashavana September 2017

Sat, 23 Sep, 2017 - 12:17

The following women received their Public Ordination on 16th September 2017 at Akashavana:

Public preceptor Parami:

Elizabeth Hellard becomes Kamalasiri,
a Pali name meaning: ‘She who has the beauty of a lotus’. 
Westernised spelling: Kamalasiri.
Private Preceptor: Dayalocana.

Penny Strange becomes Vidyamani,
a Sanskrit / Pali name meaning: ‘She who is like...

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