Twice a year the European Chairs of Triratna Centres, plus those members of the Order who are directors or chairs of major projects as Windhorse Publications or the buddhistcentre online, gather for a chairs assembly - to strengthen ties of friendship and create new ones, too share information and do business and to inspire and support those with the important responsibility of being chair at the Buddhist Centre.
Here is a summary report of the topics and sessions that took place over that week.
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:
Here’s part 2 of a conversation on Dr Ambedkar, Sangharaskhita and the Buddhist Revolution at the European Chairs Assembly Day 7. Windhorse Publications have chosen the celebration of Dr Ambedkar this October as the occasion to launch the first volume of the ‘Complete Works’ and here Priyananda tells us all about it!
Even within Triratna it may be some that not all of us are familiar with Dr Ambedkar - and if are, we may most likely associate him with his role as a statesman and social reformer. But towards the end of his life Dr Ambedkar converted to Buddhism and with him hundreds of thousands of other people. As a result of his conversion there are now millions of new Buddhists in India. His conversion was the start of...
In their second meeting this year, members of Triratna’s European Chairs’ Assembly (ECA) are spending the week at Adhisthana. We are around 45 women and men: leaders of Triratna urban centres, retreat centres and other enterprises, the Development Team they employ and some guests.
We bring you interviews or reports from the meeting, over on our Features space.
Maitreyi raises the point that it seems that more and more retreatants don’t heed the request not not to use their mobile phones on retreat. But what are we in danger of losing when we crave continual connection to friends and family or reach for our phone the moment boredom or aloneness sets in? She suggests that it is only when we allow ourselves to experience a sense of aloneness, and truly give ourselves a chance to be with our experience...
Dhammamegha explains what the Triratna International Council is and does, and tell us a bit about an exciting new project. The ‘Sikkha’ Project is about starting a conversation within Triratna around how we teach meditation and Dharma at all levels, and aims to provide resources and teaching materials for both individuals and Buddhist Centres world-wide.
A great summary of a very full week’s work and Dharma practice from Mokshini and Dassini as the great winter gathering of European Triratna Buddhists comes to an end.
As well as the overview we also hear about a special and moving ritual for one member of the assembly choosing to go deeper with the practice of simplicity and contentment in her life… A beautiful way to mark the close of a deepening kind of meeting! ...
An exciting idea from the Triratna European Chairs meeting at Adhisthana. Mokshini talking to Ratnaghosha, the Chair of the Cambridge Buddhist Centre, on the theme of how best to celebrate our world-wide Triratna sangha. This would be both to promote unity across our sanghas as well help give those attending local Centres a sense of the internationality of our Movement which might not be obvious for those coming along.
In fact, over the course of the next 18 months there...