On 16th February the Observer newspaper published an article referring to the Triratna Buddhist Community. Subsequently the Adhisthana Kula released a statement emphasising that the Triratna Buddhist Order is committed to acting in accordance with Buddhist ethical guidelines, including those on avoiding sexual misconduct and affirming our community’s commitment to continually working to develop strong ethical guidelines and Safeguarding policies and procedures.
On 16th February the Observer newspaper published an article referring to the Triratna Buddhist Community. The following letter to the editor was submitted in response and was published by the newspaper on Sunday 23rd February.
Triratna Buddhists respond to Observer front page
We were surprised and deeply disappointed to read the Observer’s piece about the Triratna Buddhist Order and Community last week.
Triratna is not a ‘sect’ in the pejorative sense, but an integral and well established...
The Triratna Buddhist Order is committed to acting in accordance with Buddhist ethical guidelines, including those on avoiding sexual misconduct.
We take the reports of our founder Sangharakshita’s sexual relations extremely seriously and have undertaken a great deal of investigation into what took place. We have been transparent about the findings, outlined in detail on our website: Triratna Controversy FAQ
Sangharakshita published his own apology in 2016. Although the police confirmed in...
Since it was established in February 2017, the members of the Adhisthana Kula have been working together in response to renewed criticism of Triratna, and we recently published a ‘Next Steps’ document setting out how we intend to take this work forward.
Here is a further update from the Adhisthana kula about how we intend to take our work forward. Some of the steps we outline below are already in discussion or in process, and we recognise the need for much greater visibility of process and outcomes. We also recognise that we have been slow to implement some of our intentions.
A further update from the Adhisthana kula as to how we are addressing controversial aspects of Triratna’s past and what we are putting in...