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Responses to Observer Article of 16th February 2020

By Centre Team on Wed, 26 Feb, 2020 - 12:31

Responses to Observer Article of 16th February 2020

By Centre Team on Wed, 26 Feb, 2020 - 12:31

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.

Read statement from the Adhisthana Kula

Following this statement, Ratnadharini -...

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Letter to the Editor in Response to Observer Article of 16th February

By ratnadharini on Mon, 24 Feb, 2020 - 16:46

Letter to the Editor in Response to Observer Article of 16th February

By ratnadharini on Mon, 24 Feb, 2020 - 16:46

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...

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A comment from the Triratna Buddhist Community regarding the Observer article of 16th February 2020

By ratnadharini on Sun, 16 Feb, 2020 - 22:31

A comment from the Triratna Buddhist Community regarding the Observer article of 16th February 2020

By ratnadharini on Sun, 16 Feb, 2020 - 22:31

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...

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Adhisthana Kula

Update on Next Steps, November 2019

By ratnadharini on Thu, 21 Nov, 2019 - 14:08

Update on Next Steps, November 2019

By ratnadharini on Thu, 21 Nov, 2019 - 14:08

Adhisthana kula update, November 2019

We’d like to update you about the next steps of the Adhisthana kula work. These next steps formed part of a “Further Response from the Adhisthana Kula to the Observer Article”, published 28th July, and are listed at the end of this update. 

On 23rd August we issued a “Message of Apology and Regret” (point 1) as well as a contextualising note “Addressing our Collective History”. Although it became clear that such an Apology...

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Addressing Our Collective History

By ratnadharini on Fri, 23 Aug, 2019 - 22:29

Addressing Our Collective History

By ratnadharini on Fri, 23 Aug, 2019 - 22:29

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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. 

The first of...

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A Message of Apology and Regret

By ratnadharini on Fri, 23 Aug, 2019 - 22:04

A Message of Apology and Regret

By ratnadharini on Fri, 23 Aug, 2019 - 22:04

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Read about the background to this statement and our next steps in Addressing our Collective History

At the end of 2016 Sangharakshita published a statement of his regret and apology for occasions when, as he put it, ‘I have hurt, harmed or upset fellow Buddhists, whether within...

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An initial response to the Observer article critical of Triratna, July 2019

By Centre Team on Sun, 21 Jul, 2019 - 12:02

An initial response to the Observer article critical of Triratna, July 2019

By Centre Team on Sun, 21 Jul, 2019 - 12:02

On July 21st 2019, The Observer featured an article critical of the Triratna Buddhist Order and Community. As senior members of Triratna, we wanted to respond to some of the content, and to the general areas of concern raised around the conduct of members of the Order as they relate to the wellbeing of anyone connecting with our community.

The Adhisthana Kula is a grouping of senior members of the Triratna Buddhist Order who hold particular responsibility for...

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Triratna Safeguarding talk at the German Buddhist Union

By Munisha on Sat, 20 Oct, 2018 - 18:10

Triratna Safeguarding talk at the German Buddhist Union

By Munisha on Sat, 20 Oct, 2018 - 18:10

I’d like to report briefly on a visit to the German Buddhist Union (DBU) annual meeting in April this year – with apologies for the considerable lateness of this report.

The Diamond Way Sangha, at their wonderful lakeside Europe Centre in Bavaria, were wonderful hosts to around 50 representatives from various Buddhist traditions in Germany, including Triratna’s Vidyagita and Karunada. Their theme being ethics in sanghas, I was invited to address them on the topic...

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