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Chairs' Letter – June 2020

By ratnadharini on Wed, 1 Jul, 2020 - 12:25

Chairs' Letter – June 2020

By ratnadharini on Wed, 1 Jul, 2020 - 12:25

Dear Order members

June was my last month of solitary lockdown in South Wales. In practice that meant spending even more time than usual on my computer, although I did manage one week offline. I also read Analayo’s Compassion and Emptiness and re-read The Glass Bead Game, and went for long walks along deserted lanes and footpaths in the national park.

I emerged from my week off to the deluge of discussion around the subject of race....

College of Public Preceptors
College of Public Preceptors

Chairs' Letter – May 2020

By ratnadharini on Sun, 31 May, 2020 - 20:42

Chairs' Letter – May 2020

By ratnadharini on Sun, 31 May, 2020 - 20:42

Dear Order members

For most of us, May has been another month of lockdown and increased online communication. The worldwide anxiety and fear that began centred around coronavirus, now extends to financial and mental health issues. Even if we are one of the fortunate ones not directly affected and in supportive conditions, we are likely to have friends or family who are not; and we are all going to be indirectly affected by changing worldwide conditions, in ways we can only begin...

College of Public Preceptors
College of Public Preceptors

Chairs' Letter – April 2020

By ratnadharini on Mon, 4 May, 2020 - 11:06

Chairs' Letter – April 2020

By ratnadharini on Mon, 4 May, 2020 - 11:06

Dear Order members

April was a month that for most of us meant getting used to social distancing or lockdown; concern about the health of ourself or those near and dear to us; and financial anxiety – whether our own or that of the Buddhist Centres and other institutions. Some countries are beginning to consider how and when they might begin to lift restrictions; others are facing worsening conditions of health, finances, and even access to food.

We can only speculate about the future....

College of Public Preceptors
College of Public Preceptors

Chairs' Letter – March 2020

By ratnadharini on Sat, 28 Mar, 2020 - 22:21

Chairs' Letter – March 2020

By ratnadharini on Sat, 28 Mar, 2020 - 22:21

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...

College of Public Preceptors
College of Public Preceptors

Chairs' Letter – February 2020

By ratnadharini on Wed, 26 Feb, 2020 - 12:45

Chairs' Letter – February 2020

By ratnadharini on Wed, 26 Feb, 2020 - 12:45

Dear Order Members,

I’ve been aware of the inauguration of the impressive Toluca Buddhist Centre, and also of the 20th anniversary of the Oslo Buddhist Centre; sadhu to both!

Adhisthana is a stimulating place to live with so many people passing through and the simpler community space earlier this year, during which time we spend a week together without any other events or guests, was welcome. Sometimes longer term guests such as Shraddhapa or Vidyaruci spontaneously offer study...

College of Public Preceptors
College of Public Preceptors

Chairs' Letter – January 2020

By ratnadharini on Thu, 23 Jan, 2020 - 11:10

Chairs' Letter – January 2020

By ratnadharini on Thu, 23 Jan, 2020 - 11:10

Dear Order Members,

It’s been interesting to look back over my first two months as College Chair, as well as starting to get a perspective on the next five years.

Actually my reflections go back to November 2018, when Bhante Sangharakshita had just died and his funeral coincided with the College meeting during which I was asked to become future Chair of the College. It was deeply significant to be at Adhisthana as we moved beyond the lifetime of the founder of our Order,...