Starting in his teenage years by reading three translations of the Koran, Sangharakshita has long taken an interest in the cultural, philosophical and mystical sides of Islam, and in 1982 he led a seminar on Al-Ghazali’s The Duties of Brotherhood in Islam. In this article, written in July 2018, he reflects on this earlier interest, with further thoughts about contact today between Buddhists and Muslims, post ‘9/11’.
This piece is open to all and can be read on Sangharakshita’s website: ...
On Saturday, March 24th, the Portsmouth Buddhist Center community came together to support and celebrate the mitra ceremonies of Sarah Flause and Chongson Scotts. Sangha members from Boston, Maine, New Hampshire and New York (well, New Jersey actually!) were among those gathered as well as family and friends of Sarah and Chong.
Thank you to Lona & Maryellen for bringing the flowers, and to Danakamala for creating the shrine. The colors all came together so beautifully! Thank you also to everyone...
Today, Parami presented Hri and Apatrapya, the two Lokapalas, unfolding a single line in the Karaniya Metta Sutta: “One should not pursue the slightest thing for which other wise men might censure them.” Both Hri and Apatrapya express a positive sense of remorse and regret, one in relation to our own inner ethical sensitivity, the other in relation to the ethical sensitivity we aspire to embodied by our spiritual friends and teachers. They are the guardians of our Dharma Life,...
Today we report on a group of women practising the Dharma in a really challenging environment: Venezuela.
You might have missed it, but Venezuela is in the middle of a severe political and economic crisis. According to Bloomberg, the annual inflation rate is about 1200%. With Brexit going on, here in the UK the rate is around 1.8%, and that’s considered high. Food and medicine shortages and a currency nosedive are just some of the problems Venezuelans are facing.
Recognise any of these Order members, Mitras or Friends?
Do they seem special or ordinary to you? Anything stand out?
They are all giving to FutureDharma Fund. Some of them give a monthly donation, some have given a larger one-off gift, made us a loan or put FutureDharma Fund in their Will. In a way, quite ordinary things to do. But also special, because all of our donors have thought carefully about what effect they want their money to have in the world.
Helping to organise London’s first city-wide celebration of Triratna Community Day next Saturday, Satyapurna writes:
“In days gone by, the first weekend in April was well known as marking the anniversary of the founding of the Triratna Buddhist Community in 1967. FWBO Day, as it was called back then, was an annual celebration celebration of the achievements of our wonderful movement.
By Christine on Sun, 9 Nov, 2014 - 14:01I rejoice with delight in the Karaniya Metta Kula!
Formerly the Buddhism and Ecology group, the Metta Kula is a shelter of friendships, in which sangha members can come together to discuss difficult topics of contemporary politics, socio-economic injustices, and concern for the environment and other beings. For modern Buddhists, tremendous opportunities for growth, altruism and sangha building can be found in responding creatively to the environmental crisis.
As a shelter in which individuals are supported to face...
By Rijupatha on Fri, 11 Apr, 2014 - 15:15Two lovely new talks are now available on Free Buddhist Audio that reflect on the inspiration, friendship, and bond between teacher and student in the spiritual life.
Vandanajyoti speaks about her relationship with Sangharakshita and the deep meaning it has had for her. And Nagabodhi remembers his time with Dhardo Rinpoche in Kalimpong, speaking about what he learned from being in the presence of his teacher’s teacher and friend.