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Maitripala - Buddhas In My Pocket

Posted by Candradasa to Buddhist Centre Features on Fri, 15 Dec, 2017 - 21:46

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...

Triratna News
Triratna News

Mummy, where do kesas come from?

Posted by Munisha to Triratna News on Fri, 1 Dec, 2017 - 11:39

Mummy, where do kesas come from?

Posted by Munisha to Triratna News on Fri, 1 Dec, 2017 - 11:39

Ever wondered?

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.

White kesas are...

Triratna News
Triratna News

Opportunity for new community at Naganaga Vihara, Australia

Posted by Charlotte Lawes to Triratna News on Mon, 15 May, 2017 - 14:19

Opportunity for new community at Naganaga Vihara, Australia

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.

Satyagandhi writes:

“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...

Triratna News
Triratna News

“Buddhas in my Pocket”: An Australian Buddhist pilgrimage

Posted by Charlotte Lawes to Triratna News on Tue, 31 Jan, 2017 - 16:03

“Buddhas in my Pocket”: An Australian Buddhist pilgrimage

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.

Maitripala writes: “I have been given...

Triratna International Council
Triratna International Council

Buddhist Voices - Vidyatara

Posted by Candradasa to Triratna International Council on Sat, 6 Aug, 2016 - 00:49

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...

The College of Public Preceptors
The College of Public Preceptors

Introducing Purna

Posted by Saccanama to The College of Public Preceptors on Tue, 15 Mar, 2016 - 14:09

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.

Triratna Young Buddhists
Triratna Young Buddhists

Sydney Under 35's retreat

Posted by Prajnaketu to Triratna Young Buddhists on Mon, 22 Feb, 2016 - 15:47

Sydney Under 35's retreat

Posted by Prajnaketu to Triratna Young Buddhists on Mon, 22 Feb, 2016 - 15:47

26th-28th of Feb

“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.
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The College of Public Preceptors
The College of Public Preceptors

Indians, Australians and a New Zealander ordained together at Bhaja in India

Posted by Saccanama to The College of Public Preceptors on Fri, 5 Feb, 2016 - 14:24

Indians, Australians and a New Zealander ordained together at Bhaja in India

Posted by Saccanama to The College of Public Preceptors on Fri, 5 Feb, 2016 - 14:24

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...

Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

Tejopala - Nature and the Greater Mandala

Posted by Candradasa to Buddhist Centre Features on Mon, 23 Nov, 2015 - 21:50

Tejopala - Nature and the Greater Mandala

Posted by Candradasa to Buddhist Centre Features on Mon, 23 Nov, 2015 - 21:50

If you want to know wheat you’re missing on our Urban Retreat… There’s still time to sign up (it’s free)!

www.thebuddhistcentre.com/urbanretreat

As part of the Triratna’s International Urban Retreat for 2015, Tejopala from Melbourne, Australia, gives a beautiful talk about the relationship between a Dharma perspective on life and the urgency of the need to care for nature. Some great questions asked here, all amidst an urban natural space…...

Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

Parami's Perspectives No. 6 - Maitripala on Women's Ordination and Her Australian Pilgrimage

Posted by parami to Buddhist Centre Features on Fri, 23 Oct, 2015 - 15:53

Parami again from “Oceania”! She’s in conversation here with her friend Maitripala who has been living in Europe for a year but is now back home and engaging with women seeking ordination into the Triratna Buddhist Order. Great to hear the inspiration - old and new - come through as a new generation of women grapples with the challenges and joys of Buddhist practice and of community.

And as a bonus we hear a preview of her ‘Buddhas in My Pocket Pilgrimage’,...

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