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Sangharakshita and the Shadow of the Past

Posted by candradasa to Community Highlights on Mon, 27 Feb, 2017 - 19:06

A strong, moving, nuanced set of perspectives from Vishvapani on areas of historical controversy in the FWBO/Triratna, especially those involving our founder, Sangharakshita. 

The talk spans Vishvapani’s long involvement with the community in both its light and “shadow” aspects - from first coming across the Dharma in Croydon, UK, at the age of 14 in the 1980s until the present day. It is in many ways a timely look at the past and the present, rooted in the...

Mitra Support
Mitra Support

Sangharakshita and the Shadow of the Past by Vishvapani

Posted by candradasa to Mitra Support on Mon, 27 Feb, 2017 - 19:01

A strong, moving, nuanced set of perspectives from Vishvapani on areas of historical controversy in the FWBO/Triratna, especially those involving our founder, Sangharakshita. 

The talk spans Vishvapani’s long involvement with the community in both its light and “shadow” aspects - from first coming across the Dharma in Croydon, UK, at the age of 14 in the 1980s until the present day. It is in many ways a timely look at the past and the present, rooted in the...

Croydon Buddhist Centre
Croydon Buddhist Centre

Buddhas in the Walls, Blessings in the Roof

Posted by Carol Robertson to Croydon Buddhist Centre on Mon, 27 Feb, 2017 - 15:43

Buddhas in the Walls, Blessings in the Roof

Posted by Carol Robertson to Croydon Buddhist Centre on Mon, 27 Feb, 2017 - 15:43

Running into week 5 with full vigour. It’s hard to keep up with all the activity. Lots of final preparations to the roof surface for the rubber membrane to be fitted this week (weather permitting) There was a fear this week that Storm Doris would stop us in our tracks, but, even Doris couldn’t deter our brilliant builders. When they couldn’t work on the roof, they came inside and continued with the insulation for the inner shrine walls and started...

Croydon Buddhist Centre
Croydon Buddhist Centre

A Well-Thatched House !

Posted by Carol Robertson to Croydon Buddhist Centre on Tue, 21 Feb, 2017 - 15:42

A Well-Thatched House !

Posted by Carol Robertson to Croydon Buddhist Centre on Tue, 21 Feb, 2017 - 15:42

With purlins, joists, struts and every angle strengthened, our shrine roof is well on the way to becoming ‘well-thatched’. Velux windows are ready to be fitted, lovely clean fascias are appearing, and insulation is filling the space. Building control gave the thumbs up to the construction and final preparations are underway for the rubber membrane to be fitted.

Electricians are in this week, running wiring for our new lighting and heating throughout the shrine room and reception area, the new windows and...

Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

An Account of Croydon Buddhist Centre in the 1980s by Vishvapani

Posted by Vishvapani to Buddhist Centre Features on Thu, 9 Feb, 2017 - 17:48

An Account of Croydon Buddhist Centre in the 1980s by Vishvapani

Posted by Vishvapani to Buddhist Centre Features on Thu, 9 Feb, 2017 - 17:48

In the wake of recent testimony, I am re-posting here an article I wrote for Dharma Life magazine in 1998, which describes my experience at the Croydon Buddhist centre in the 1980s

In September 1997 The Guardian published a critical article about the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order (now called the Triratna Buddhist Community) – that included a long description of an FWBO centre that went wrong. It was ‘a cult’, I read, characterised by ‘collective...

Croydon Buddhist Centre
Croydon Buddhist Centre

Opening up the Space, Bringing in the Sky

Posted by Carol Robertson to Croydon Buddhist Centre on Mon, 6 Feb, 2017 - 17:13

Opening up the Space, Bringing in the Sky

Posted by Carol Robertson to Croydon Buddhist Centre on Mon, 6 Feb, 2017 - 17:13

We’ve come to the end of week 2 and things are moving fast. New skylight windows are appearing, bringing in the sky, a wall has vanished into space, leaving – more space. Every day brings more decisions – some large, some detailed

After much discussion with the builders, the structural engineer and the building control inspector we have had to modify our initial idea for the ceiling in the shrine room for many technical reasons, (in layman’s term-...

Croydon Buddhist Centre
Croydon Buddhist Centre

The shrine project, the story so far ........

Posted by Carol Robertson to Croydon Buddhist Centre on Sat, 28 Jan, 2017 - 14:17

The shrine project, the story so far ........

Posted by Carol Robertson to Croydon Buddhist Centre on Sat, 28 Jan, 2017 - 14:17

On Monday 23rd January 2017, Vijayasri and myself were so happy to finally be able to say that the Wish-Fulfilling Jewel Appeal, was coming to fruition. With a planned start date of a few months ago, it has been understandable for people visiting, to feel that nothing has been happening. We can assure you that there has been so much going on behind the scenes, trying to get this project off the ground. We plan on providing a regular blog...

Triratna News
Triratna News

Croydon's Meditation for Peace

Posted by Munisha to Triratna News on Thu, 27 Oct, 2016 - 13:39

Croydon's Meditation for Peace

Posted by Munisha to Triratna News on Thu, 27 Oct, 2016 - 13:39

Vijayasri reports from Croydon Buddhist Centre, in south London, UK.

“21st September was the International Day of Peace. As Buddhists, one of the great contributions we can make to peace is is our practice of metta. We experience the difference that metta makes in our own community; we have a vision of spiritual community; importantly we have a means to overcome conflict and disharmony.

Sangharakshita asks us to imagine a society where the metta bhavana meditation is regularly practised...

Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

European Chairs’ Assembly talks money and many languages

Posted by Munisha to Buddhist Centre Features on Tue, 6 Sep, 2016 - 19:04

European Chairs’ Assembly talks money and many languages

Posted by Munisha to Buddhist Centre Features on Tue, 6 Sep, 2016 - 19:04

Moving towards the end of their weeklong meeting at Adhisthana, the European Chairs offered puja books in many European languages in an international puja in which we recited the positive precepts in nine languages. You’ll find the international puja book collection on a new shelf at the back of the shrine room.

They also reviewed their finances (see below) and enjoyed a series of very short, spontaneous ‘pop-up’ talks on topics including:

Triratna East Surrey
Triratna East Surrey

THE HEART OF ART

Posted by Padmapriya to Triratna East Surrey on Mon, 4 Jul, 2016 - 08:51

THE HEART OF ART

Posted by Padmapriya to Triratna East Surrey on Mon, 4 Jul, 2016 - 08:51

Heart of Art Exhibition

4-14 July 2016

The Heart of Art is an emerging group of friends who wish to explore the Arts as a vehicle of spiritual development. We have been working together for ten months, one outcome of which will be our first Art Exhibition at the Croydon Clocktower.

We would like to invite the Sangha to our private view on Saturday 9th of July from 1-3 pm. The Exhibition serves to launch the project, which is soon to include a Drumming Circle, Singing, Dance,...

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