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.
One of the major areas of work for the public preceptors is the training of private preceptors, of whom there are now well over 200 worldwide. Separate retreats for men and women private preceptors happen every year at Adhisthana and Padmavajra and Dhammadinna, who have been involved in them for 10 years or more, share their reflections about these retreats.
Parami is delighted to introduce her friend of 40 years - Ashokashri - who is attending her first meeting as a new member of the Triratna College of Public Preceptors, with particular responsibility for the USA.
Satyaraja and Maitreyabandhu led the 4-month ordination course for men at Guhyaloka last year and began a 3-year process of implementing changes to the course. Here they explain some of their reasons for these developments.
So far Saddhaloka has introduced the College meeting, and Paramabandhu has told us about a new one-month Ordination course for men. Over the coming week, we’re still to hear from Subhuti, Punyamala, Parami and others. They will be sharing what’s going on in the College Meeting, and talking about their work and it’s relevance to Triratna and the world…
The members of Triratna’s College of Public Preceptors come together twice a year at Adhisthana to practise, strengthen their kalyana mitrata (spiritual friendships) and discuss a range of issues affecting the Order and Movement.
Vidyatara works for the College. She writes:
“The College’s March meeting had a particular focus on transition, with Dhammarati stepping down as Chair of the College after a decade of service and handing on his responsibilities to Saddhaloka. This short film was made by Public Preceptor Moksananda, to capture this...
Saddhaloka, new Chair of Triratna’s College of Public Preceptors, moved to live at Adhisthana on 9th April, having taken over the post from Dhammarati at the latest College meeting, in March.
Saddhaloka writes: “After 20 years I packed my possessions and life at Padmaloka into a van and drove right across England to Adhisthana, and to a warm welcome from the community and the balmy spring weather. I have just about settled in to my new room, but no time yet to really settle...