I’m Dhiraprabha. In 1983, I lived by the sea in North Norfolk, England, and taught in the local primary school. I loved it, especially the wide open skies, and never wanted to live in a city. Five years later I found myself in East London drawn by the desperate shortage of teachers “just for two years” - but I remained there until I retired in 2019. I was introduced to the London Buddhist Centre by Maitreyi in 1997 and was...
Amritamati talks about how we can practice simplicity in our lives: whatever our lifestyle is or whatever we want our lifestyle to be, from parenting to becoming a celibate ‘Anagarika’. This talk was given on a weekend retreat at Tiratanaloka Retreat Centre for women who are training for Ordination, 2014.
This is a recent talk from Tiratanaloka - given by Amritamati on a weekend retreat in January. She came back from Triratna’s first Anagarika convention in December inspired and enthusiastic about exploring simplicity and contentment for those living in every kind of lifestyle.
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By Candradasa on Wed, 18 Dec, 2013 - 16:48Over on Community Highlights, Parami just finished up a wonderful in-depth series of reports, interviews and discussions from the first Triratna Buddhist Order Anagarika convention. Some wonderful conversations about the pleasures and challenges of a beautiful and quietly radical Buddhist practice to take stillness, simplicity and contentment ever deeper as a way of life.
The final installment of Parami’s in-depth reporting from the first convention of men and women in the Triratna Buddhist Order who have adopted a life of deep simplicity, stillness and contentment, supporting that with the practice of celibacy.
Today we hear from Amitamati, Tarachitta, Muditasri, Atapani, Yashodeva, Dhammadinna and Manjuvajra about their own experiences and their journeys towards this way of life.
Muditasri talks movingly about her own practice of ‘homelessness’, Yashodeva talks about community, and we even...
The second set of interviews from Adhisthana with Parami around the ‘anagarikas’ convention - a gathering of Buddhist women and men dedicated to living a simple, free, contented life and expressing that in part through the practice of celibacy. Today we meet two men anagarikas from Essen in Germany - Pramodya and Nirmala - who describe their experience of living this way and its effect on their sense of wellbeing.
What is an ‘anagarika’? Why practice celibacy as a way to cultivate freedom from life’s entanglements? A brace of discussions with women at Adhisthana during the first Triratna Anagarika Convention, each between two experienced members of the Order who have taken that extraordinary step as a support to their practice of contentment as the basis for a fulfilled spiritual life.
By Munisha on Wed, 9 Oct, 2013 - 13:24It was with great sadness that we learned of the death from cancer of Dharmacharini Suvarnaprabha in San Francisco, on Tuesday 24th September.
Suvarnaprabha died at home at 4.40pm, in the company of her three sisters and her friends Julie and Padmatara. She was buried on the afternoon of Friday, 27th September in a green cemetery on a hill in Marin County.
Suvarnaprabha was ordained in October 2001, with Sanghadevi as both private and public preceptor. The practice...
By Candradasa on Wed, 25 Sep, 2013 - 17:18As part of marking the life and death of Suvarnaprabha (1963-2013) we’ll be publishing some of her writing here on The Buddhist Centre Online, in conjunction with her friends in San Francisco, and her friend and editor, Vidyadevi.
Suvarnaprabha had been living with advanced stage cancer for the past couple of years and writing the most amazing blog about it.
Some months ago she also took the step of becoming an Anagarika within the...