Today’s podcast features a roundtable discussion with 10 Order members from Australia, exploring the future of the Triratna community down under. Successes, challenges, the concerns of young Australians, we get a rounded picture of what Buddhist Centres in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney are doing to get ready for the next 50 years…
One of our community members at Jayakula in beautiful Coogee Beach Sydney Australia is returning home to Scotland between April 17th and June 4th.
If you are an Order member who’d love to come and spend some time here and can think of some simple ways you could share your practice with our Coogee and Sydney Buddhist Centre Sangha, please contact me.
You’d only have to find your fare over and meet your own living expenses: accommodation in our lovely community would be free.
A gem of a conversation with Maitripala, from Melbourne (via Emerald City) in Australia, describing her beautiful practice of Metta Walks across the continent and the Buddhas In My Pocket project that has grown up around it. Her evocation of a modern day pilgrimage, engaging with strangers and sharing moments of deep connection and mutual kindness, is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. A shining example of living out the image of Indra’s Net, where every...
Carunalaka writes from Australia: “It’s a little-known fact that Vajradharini, from Pune, India, has been making kesas for the worldwide Triratna Buddhist Order for the past seven years.
Recently I suggested there were many people who would be delighted to ‘meet’ the woman who makes these items, given to members of the Order at their ordinations. I persuaded her to speak to camera - in English - even though she was very shy about doing so.
Posted by Charlotte Lawes to Triratna News on Mon, 15 May, 2017 - 14:19
Could you be part of a new community at Naganaga Vihara, in the Mid North coast of New South Wales, Australia? Many of us in Triratna have wonderful memories of staying there. There is now an exciting opportunity to take on the property, as the current community move to a town nearby.
“Naganaga Vihara is looking for a new community to take over this piece of paradise. After 15 years of creating Naganaga, the current community has come to accept that we are ageing and no...
Posted by Charlotte Lawes to Triratna News on Tue, 31 Jan, 2017 - 16:03
Maitripala is an Order member in Australia. When I met her a couple of years ago, she told me of her plans to embark on a pilgrimage along the east coast of Australia to volunteer for different Triratna Buddhist Groups and Centres. Wearing her kesa every day for a year, she would also hand out small Buddha figures to strangers she met along the way. Here she describes how this incredibly moving adventure has been unfolding.
Vidyatara was one of the forces behind the development of the Triratna International Council after its foundation in 2011. We get a chance to catch up with her on her first return visit to the UK after moving back to Melbourne, Australia. She still carries a fierce passion for the vision of a genuinely international Buddhist movement and that comes through as we hear about aspects of her life and practice at home, back in national political work, carrying...
A great interview with Purna by Nagabodhi, who has been a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order since the late 1970s and is attending his first meeting of the Preceptors College. We hear the history of the Triratna community in New Zealand and Australia, and the continuing process of ordination training in the southern hemisphere.
“In fact we may say that the creative mind at its highest level is freedom itself…” Sangharakshita
On this retreat we will begin to get a sense of what the creative mind truly is. Creative mind is not about being an artist or having any special ‘talent’. It’s about finding freedom from the mechanical and habitual nature of the reactive mind, about questioning and moving beyond the usual. The process begins with the simple application of awareness. ...
21 men were ordained recently at Bhaja retreat centre in India on a retreat led by Sona. It was a coming together of men from Australia, New Zealand and India for an unusual event cutting across cultural boundaries.
With these ordinations, there are now over 2000 Order members worldwide.
Eric Barrett (Sydney) becomes: Maitribandha
Meaning of name: He who is bound by Maitri...