The opening ritual to dedicate the Rainy Season Retreat included meditation, readings (from Dilgo Khyentse Rimpoche and Nyanaponika Thera) and chanting to invoke the mandala of the five archetypal Buddhas and the qualities of kindness, compassion, gladness, and equanimity.
By jvalamalini on Fri, 13 Mar, 2015 - 22:47This afternoon the spaces in Bristol Buddhist Centre were transformed - what used to be a shop at the front of the building is now a food preparation and dining room, and the shrine room has become a wonderful five Buddha mandala. Kumuda’s wonderful paintings of the Jinas fill the walls and we have a beautiful 5 Buddha shrine in the centre of the room.
As Alyson reminded me as people arrived - this is magic!
An introduction from beside the duck pond at Adhisthana as the 2014 International Council kicks off!
Dassini explains what the Council is and does, with the help of Candradasa and Vidyatara. Then Dhammarati, the Chair of the Council, makes his own introductory remarks and we get to hear most of the delegates saying hello and ritually starting the proceedings…
Here’s PDF versions of the most common ceremonies used in the Triratna Buddhist Community. Many of them are also available in multiple translations over on the Translations Project page of this website. Texts included are:
The Sevenfold Puja The Threefold Puja The Dedication Ceremony The Tiratana Vandana The Heart Sutra The Three Refuges and Five Precepts including the Positive Precepts (as used in the Triratna Buddhist Community) The Three...