Over the last few weeks, Adhisthana has been ringing with conversations on Sadhana.
Ksantikara has been recording a series of conversations with six fellow order members, talking to each of them about their Yiddam and Sadhana practice. Every time he returned to the office after having had one of these conversations, he would be almost bouncing, his eyes sparkling.
He kept saying how good these conversations were, how much he enjoyed them, and that he was really looking forward to sharing the recordings with the order.
Intelligent and thought provoking, Candraprabha shares personally about three views, or three attitudes, she’s uncovered in the course of her many years of spiritual practice. A helpful exemplification of how we can investigate our underlying attitudes in relation to our ability to live a Dharma life.
The main international College meeting is in November and this year we are also meeting for a weekend in March and July, as well as parallel gatherings in our individual College Kulas. (The Kula system is intentionally flexible, to allow for the different number of people training for ordination in different parts of the world, as well as the geographic spread of Public Preceptors in each Kula.)
Seeing all beings with the potential for Buddhahood, we are moved to encourage and support that natural momentum towards growth and development. Every act of generosity, loving kindness, no matter how small, is acting in harmony with Reality and the growth of all beings. Vajratara gives us an inspiring glimpse into ethics in their ultimate sense which take their expression in the Bodhicitta.
Two days ago I attended the public ordination of 16 women at Adhisthana. When Bhante chose the ‘miracle’ design of the stupa for Dhardo Rimpoche at Tiratanaloka, he said it was because the greatest miracle was Going for Refuge; it seemed especially miraculous to be having public ordinations, given the Covid 19 restrictions, with around 500 people joining the live zoom. I was on the balcony, above the flags and aware of the blessings of blue...
If you are any way way connected to Triratna, the International Council is kind of a big deal. Even if you don’t know it!
Last week – as every year – Order members all around the world gathered for a series of intensive discussions to explore Dharma practice in our community. What’s live and bubbling up in their own areas: Australia and New Zealand, Canada & the USA, Europe, India, Ireland & the UK. What’s passing...
As well as meeting together and addressing live topics and priorities across Triratna, International Councils are also a context for members to gather and build community. This year’s Dharma theme was the arising of the Bodhicitta.
At the end of a beautifully intense International Council Online, the Steering Group (AKA. the people who make it all happen at the IC) are here to take us home.
The spirit of community, infused with gratitude and a deep sense of kinship through all challenge, pervades. What comes next will be grounded in the local as well as the global, and call forth a renewal of all the work that’s still unfolding from a long...