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Who are the Development Team?

By Munisha on Tue, 15 Dec, 2015 - 23:58

Who are the Development Team?

By Munisha on Tue, 15 Dec, 2015 - 23:58

The Development Team are five Order members supported by Triratna’s European Chairs’ Assembly (ECA) to provide central services to Triratna in Europe – also enjoyed around the wider Triratna world. (Pictured, left to right: Munisha, Amalavajra, Nandavajra, Prajnaketu and Mokshini.)

We’re a warm, friendly virtual team, meeting on Skype or in person every few weeks to check in and organise our work.

Team Leader is Nandavajra, who lives in Devon, UK, and describes himself as “a grizzled but youthful Triratna veteran who...

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NewsByte video: 8th Young Buddhist retreat, Adhisthana

By Munisha on Thu, 19 Nov, 2015 - 10:23

NewsByte video: 8th Young Buddhist retreat, Adhisthana

By Munisha on Thu, 19 Nov, 2015 - 10:23

Clear Vision reports from Triratna’s 8th Young Buddhist retreat in October at Adhisthana, UK. Young Order members, Friends and Mitras explain the importance of these events and rejoice in their friendships. They also say goodbye to Singhamati, stepping down as the European Chairs’ Assembly’s (ECA) part-time Young People’s Co-ordinator.

As she explains, it all began with the first weekend for young people, in 2008, at which some old people were also present, “trying to be young people”. (Yeah, thanks, Singhamati!) What...

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The International Urban Retreat 2015: less than a week away!

By Munisha on Mon, 16 Nov, 2015 - 16:14

The International Urban Retreat 2015: less than a week away!

By Munisha on Mon, 16 Nov, 2015 - 16:14

Next Saturday sees the start of Triratna’s International Urban Retreat 2015. The theme this year is the Greater Mandala - Sangharakshita’s teachings on the spiritual importance of learning to waste time (and how live a life more beautiful, rather than one that is merely useful and efficient.) Join the retreat online.

Want to go on retreat next week? No time or money? This is a retreat you can do in the midst of everyday life at home and work, with others or by...

European Chairs' Assembly
European Chairs' Assembly

Day 2 at the ECA

By Munisha on Fri, 14 Aug, 2015 - 22:34

Day 2 at the ECA

By Munisha on Fri, 14 Aug, 2015 - 22:34

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.

Having spent yesterday reconnecting in...

Triratna Highlights
Triratna Highlights

Triratna's European Chairs' Assembly meets at Adhisthana

By Munisha on Fri, 14 Aug, 2015 - 21:58

Triratna's European Chairs' Assembly meets at Adhisthana

By Munisha on Fri, 14 Aug, 2015 - 21:58

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.

To find out more about the ECA+Follow the ECA on The Buddhist Centre Online.

European Chairs' Assembly
European Chairs' Assembly

Introducing the European Chairs' Assembly

By Munisha on Fri, 14 Aug, 2015 - 21:39

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)

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Last call for applications to the ECA's Growth Fund 2015!

By Munisha on Mon, 9 Mar, 2015 - 10:52

Last call for applications to the ECA's Growth Fund 2015!

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...
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Triratna's European Chairs meet at Adhisthana

By Munisha on Thu, 12 Feb, 2015 - 21:26

Triratna's European Chairs meet at Adhisthana

By Munisha on Thu, 12 Feb, 2015 - 21:26Last month saw the first of the year’s two gatherings of Triratna’s European Chairs’ Assembly (ECA) at Adhisthana.

Around 35 Chairs from the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe met 5th -12th January, joined at times by Public Preceptors Dhammarati, Paramabandhu, and Ratnadharini and Lokeshvara as International Order Convenor, as well as the Development Team employed by the ECA. (See below.)

This very harmonious and effective meeting began with small groups and continued with...
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Triratna Europe: a vision and strategy for 2015

By Munisha on Tue, 10 Feb, 2015 - 16:59

Triratna Europe: a vision and strategy for 2015

By Munisha on Tue, 10 Feb, 2015 - 16:59At their January meeting at Adhisthana, Triratna’s European Chairs’ Assembly (ECA) agreed their vision and strategy for 2015.

Their vision for Triratna is summed up in one paragraph:

Triratna is an international Buddhist community loyal to
Sangharakshita’s vision, working in harmony and
sustained by spiritual friendship; dedicated to the
attainment of Enlightenment for the benefit of all beings.


Their strategy is based on the four lines of acceptance recited at ordination:


  • With loyalty to
  • ...
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Growth Fund 2015 now open for applications

By Munisha on Wed, 28 Jan, 2015 - 15:05

Growth Fund 2015 now open for applications

By Munisha on Wed, 28 Jan, 2015 - 15:05Every year Triratna’s European Chairs’ Assembly (ECA) invites applications to its Growth Fund, for projects encouraging/enabling more people to learn basic meditation and Dharma with Triratna. The closing date is 30th April 2015.

Nandavajra writes from the ECA’s Development Team, “This year we have around £7000 available to be given out in sums of up to £1000 each to Triratna projects around the world (excluding India, for which Karuna have a separate fund.)

Upon receipt of...

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