For the next week, the extraordinary, redeveloped Vajrasana Retreat Centre in Suffolk plays host to Triratna’s European Chairs’ Assembly. Sixty leaders of European Buddhist centres and enterprises, including retreat centres, are gathered here, with guests from further afield (and a family of ducks), for meditation, ritual, discussion and business, all in the context of spiritual friendship.
Triratna: Safeguarding with sincerity and integrity
from Munisha, European Safeguarding officer, Triratna
I’m sure, like me, you want to be absolutely sure Triratna is doing its Safeguarding properly, with sincerity and integrity. Over the last nine months I’ve read online much doubt and criticism in this area so I’d like to tell you about this work, so that you can decide for yourself.
I have been developing central Safeguarding policy for Triratna since 2013 and I’d like to reassure you that I am absolutely serious about this work: my family suffered for many years...
Suvannavira is a member of the Triratna Translations Board and lives in Moscow.
The Triratna Translations Board came into existence at the end of 2015, to promote and co-ordinate translations and publications projects. One of our tasks has been to administer funds made available for translations by Bhante Sangharakshita, following his hugely successful 90th birthday appeal in 2015.
Of the £30,000 given for translating his books, £5,000 went to projects in India and the remaining £25,000 was given to projects elsewhere in the...
This winter’s gathering of Triratna’s European Chairs’ Assembly ended last week at Adhisthana and was unusually large, with around 60 participants. This partly reflects a changeover in Chairs in around 15 centres and enterprises, the old and new Chairs attending together.
At the end of this month’s gathering of Triratna’s European Chairs, there was a show of hands to establish how many centres now had Safeguarding officers and policies for the protection of children and “vulnerable adults”.
Of Triratna’s 35 urban centres and retreat centres in Britain, Ireland and the rest of Europe, 30 had Safeguarding officers and had adopted safeguarding policies, or were in process of doing so.
This is an extremely good rate of progress. We began talking...
It’s January and time for the winter European Chairs Assembly meeting, held at Adhistana, UK. A bumper gathering of over 60 chairs of chairs of Triratna Buddhist Centres as well as representatives of some of Triratna’s main projects are meeting for an inspiring, enjoyable, at times challenging mix of practice, talks, discussion, and ritual, for the benefit of all beings!
On 10th December, Sweden’s second Triratna Centre opened, in Malmö, Sweden’s third largest city, situated in the south, very close to Copenhagen, capital of Denmark. See Malmö on a map. (This was just a week after Stockholm’s sangha moved to new premises - and a few days before another two Malmö mitra ceremonies.)
The Malmö Centre team writes: “The Malmö sangha began in June 2013, when three of us (Anna, Caroline and ex-Kajsa) began to meet to practise...
The Triratna Translations Board came into existence last year, to administer new funds made available by Sangharakshita following his 90th birthday appeal. Now inviting applications (deadline 31st October), they write:
“Have you ever heard of Kumarajiva, the 4th century monk who did a tremendous amount of work translating the Dharma into Chinese? For 12 years he led a team of monks and scholars with whom he accomplished the translation of the founding texts of the Great Vehicle, checking the translation of every single word...
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: