Today we’ve been looking at the phenomenon of mindfulness in UK society, now to be found in settings including prisons, schools and healthcare. What should be the response of Triratna Buddhist Centres; the relationship between what’s being taught in secular society and what we teach in Triratna?
We began with a presentation from Vishvapani who has been working with the UK Parliament at Westminster. He’s been editing the All Party Parliamentary Group’s report, ‘Mindful Nation’, to be published...
The sun is shining on Adhisthana and we’ve been considering the future of fundraising in Triratna: creating a stronger culture of giving worldwide, so that all the core institutions, services and people on which Triratna’s life depends worldwide (for example, the College of Public Preceptors - responsible for ordinations - Clear Vision, Free Buddhist Audio and Windhorse Publications) are better resourced.
Afternoons are a mix of free time, special interest groups and business. Amongst many other things this afternoon saw a gathering of the...
Today the European Chairs continued their exploration of the culture of Triratna centres, with discussion groups about yesterday’s talk on Triratna’s Six Distinctive Emphases, followed by the presentation of a consultation document setting out defining characteristics of a Triratna centre and principles underlying its running.
There is broad willingness to ensure that the interpretation and application of the Six Emphases continues to evolve according to the needs of new generations of Buddhists.
The afternoon break saw many of us taking walks and naps or...
As always, the ECA day began with double meditation followed by porridge!
We are around 40 women and men (the number of women has been going steadily up for several years) with a couple of guests from Australia, and the Development Team employed by the ECA to provide year-round services to all Centres, such as fundraising and communications. We also have with us visitors from other Triratna groupings such as the Public Preceptors, to ensure good communication and networking.
This week we’ll be reporting from the week-long summer 2015 meeting of Triratna’s European Chairs’ Assembly which began yesterday.
More than 40 Chairs of Triratna’s urban Buddhist centres, retreat centres and other enterprises across Europe are gathered at Adhisthana, Herefordshire. Responsible for the running of Triratna, they support one another, ensure commonality of approaches to Dharma teaching, and share their insights and resources.
The week-long summer 2015 meeting of the ECA has begun, and 40 or so Triratna Chairs - about 50:50 women and men - are gathered at Adhisthana for discussion, presentations and friendship.
Munisha talks to Viryapushpa, new Chair of Rivendell Retreat Centre, and Ratnaghosha, Chair of Cambridge Buddhist Centre, about the ECA and its meetings. Having first been a member of the ECA in 1994, Ratnaghosha describes how it’s developed over the years. (6.5 minutes)
Later this month Triratna Young Buddhists in Europe will be gathering again at Adhisthana, for their first ever retreat for under-25s.
Singhamati is the Young People’s Co-ordinator employed by Triratna’s European Chairs’ Assembly. She writes: “The weekend is an chance for younger Buddhists, or those interested in meditation and Buddhism, to come together, meet friends old and new, practise and have fun!
Open to newcomers and those who have been practising for years, it’ll be a unique and important opportunity for younger...
By Munisha on Mon, 9 Mar, 2015 - 10:52This is is a reminder that applications are still welcome to the Growth Fund run by Triratna’s European Chairs’ Assembly (ECA). The closing date is 30th April 2015.
Every year the ECA invites applications for money for projects encouraging/enabling more people to learn basic meditation and Dharma with Triratna. This year the fund has £7000 to give away in grants of up to GBP 1000 each. Read more about the Growth Fund and how...