Fifty Years, Fifty Voices
Fifty Years, Fifty Voices

Fifty Years, Fifty Voices: Maitripala (highlights)

By Zac on Thu, 4 Aug, 2022 - 12:45

I don’t need to go away from samsara to be really going for refuge. I can be right in the middle of it.

Maitripala Annals:
 
In 1968, I was 12 years old. I was living with my parents and siblings in suburban Reservoir, Melbourne Australia.
I was second eldest (first daughter) of five children. We had moved up to the city from an idyllic country life in Gippsland to have closer access to secondary schools. My early life...

Fifty Years, Fifty Voices
Triratna@50

50 Years, 50 Voices: Buddhadasa (Highlights)

By Zac on Thu, 12 May, 2022 - 17:08

I think it began for me when I was 8 years old…


 

Buddhadasa’s Annals
In 1968 - I was 25 and working as an interior designer with a firm of architects in Bloomsbury Square, London. It was the era of drawing boards and T squares and the time of transition from Imperial to Metric. It was also the year when decimalisation began to be introduced. This was my second and half-hearted attempt to establish a career having previously discharged...

Fifty Years, Fifty Voices
Fifty Years, Fifty Voices

50 Years, 50 Voices: Malini (Highlights)

By Zac on Wed, 4 May, 2022 - 12:38

I have a very definite sense of something which is above and beyond mundane living, and that’s what draws me. That’s what Going for Refuge is for me.


 

Malini’s Annals
1967 - I was 17 and working as a junior secretary in the BBC Arabic service in Bush House. Here I met Ananda to be, who told me about Sakura as somewhere I could get incense however I not only got the exotic fragrance of incense but the...

College of Public Preceptors
College of Public Preceptors

Public Ordination Announcement 

By maitripala on Sun, 3 Apr, 2022 - 13:26

Public Ordination Announcement 

By maitripala on Sun, 3 Apr, 2022 - 13:26

We are delighted to announce that the following four people had their public ordinations on Sunday April 3rd 2022 at the Vijayaloka Buddhist Retreat Centre outside Sydney, Australia.

Veronica Toescu  becomes Satyabodhinī     
Name meaning ‘She who awakens through the truth’
Registered spelling Satyabodhini
Private Preceptor Vidyatara 

The a has the short vowel sound as in ‘cut’
The dh has a noticeably pronounced h as in ‘roadhouse’
The i is short as in ‘hit’
The ī is long as in ‘police’

Cynthia Troup becomes Karunāṇītā
(there is also a dot under the first n)                   ...

Triratna in the Buddhist World
Triratna in the Buddhist World

Rainbodhi resource on LGBTQIA+ inclusivity for Buddhists

By Munisha on Thu, 20 Jan, 2022 - 12:38

Rainbodhi resource on LGBTQIA+ inclusivity for Buddhists

By Munisha on Thu, 20 Jan, 2022 - 12:38

Rainbodhi is a spiritual friendship group for LGBTQIA+ Buddhists in Australia and advocates for more inclusion and diversity in the broader Buddhist community.

They have just published a brand new resource on LGBTQIA+ inclusivity for Buddhists and Buddhist organisations: ‘Welcoming the Rainbow -  A guide to LGBTQIA+ inclusivity for Buddhists’ to help Buddhists and Buddhist organisations to create safe and inclusive spaces.

You can download the booklet in pdf format or order a hard copy...

College of Public Preceptors
College of Public Preceptors

Ordinations in Australia

By siladasa on Mon, 13 Dec, 2021 - 08:40

Ordinations in Australia

By siladasa on Mon, 13 Dec, 2021 - 08:40

I have pleasure in attaching the photograph and names of the three men ordained last Saturday December 11 at Vijayaloka Retreat Centre, NSW during a public ceremony hosted by the Sydney Buddhist Centre.

From left, Jinavajra (“victor of insight” - formerly Max McMullin, Sydney) Private Preceptor: Khemadhamma

Sarvadarśin (“all seeing one” - formerly Rich Batsford, Adelaide) Private Preceptor: Siladasa

Khemavajira (“he who has diamond-like security” - formerly Jonathan O’Keefe, Melbourne). Private Preceptor: Khemadhamma

Public Preceptor: Siladasa

With metta,
Siladasa

Triratna Safeguarding
Triratna Safeguarding

A Safeguarding quiz

By Munisha on Fri, 30 Oct, 2020 - 13:38

Here’s a short Safeguarding quiz from the Australian Charities and Not for Profit Commission, which is a good guide to Safeguarding requirements and obligations in UK charities too.

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Triratna Safeguarding
Triratna Safeguarding

Safeguarding: not just children and "adults who may be at risk"

By Munisha on Fri, 30 Oct, 2020 - 12:36

Safeguarding: not just children and "adults who may be at risk"

By Munisha on Fri, 30 Oct, 2020 - 12:36

It’s a common misconception that Triratna charities only need to protect from harm children and those ‘adults who may be considered at risk’ (or ‘vulnerable adults’, a term no longer used).

However, everyone needs protection from harm. These days trustees are responsible for protecting all their beneficiaries from harm in the course of their charity’s activities. This is a clear requirement of the Charity Commission for England and Wales, the Scottish Charity Regulator and the Australian Charities and Not for Profit Commission, to mention just three...

College of Public Preceptors
College of Public Preceptors

Ordination in Melbourne, Australia

By akasajoti on Sat, 28 Mar, 2020 - 22:04

Ordination in Melbourne, Australia

By akasajoti on 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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