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.
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.)
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...
These letters will be published here each month, as well as in Shabda, and preceptorscollege.online, as a means to communicate the ongoing work of the College Chair and updates on current discussions and decisions. Responses are welcomed.
Dear Order members,
I have just been part of witnessing the ordination of Varadhi in Melbourne, on Zoom, along with 106 others. Watching the communication between Maitripala, as Public Preceptor, and Itir / Varadhi, with the Buddha, Avalokitesvara, and Bhante...
The International Practice Week is drawing to a close!
Don’t forget that you can continue to watch or listen to the talks at a later stage. Yashobodhi has provided this helpful resource with the Seven Point Mind Turning, and the 59 lojong slogans which you can consult again to remind you. You can also consult our guide for ideas around ritually marking the end of the week.
Welcome to day 1 of the International Practice Week!
The theme is ‘Turning Arrows into Flowers’, inspired by the story of the Buddha, while under siege from all the forces Mara could muster, who simply turns the arrows hurled at him into flowers.
The International Practice Week is an opportunity for Triratna worldwide to explore this theme in an urban retreat context either in a local Sangha or online. Yashobodhi will be leading us through an exploration of the Seven-Point Mind Turning...
The International Practice week will take place from the 22nd to 29th September. It will be a world-wide practice week, including all Centres and Triratna Practice Groups wherever they are, on the theme of ‘Turning Arrows into Flowers’, inspired by Subhuti’s teaching on the 2017 Order retreat at Bodhgaya.
The image that sums up and symbolises the theme of this urban retreat is that of the Buddha on the cusp of his Enlightenment, at the point when Mara attacks him with all he’s got …… but the Buddha...