Lights in the Sky have just released a new film celebrating 50 years of the Triratna Buddhist Order, which was founded in London on the 7 April 1968. ‘The Life of the Order’ contains archive footage and interviews with Order Members and gives a rounded picture of the era out of which the Order emerged.
The film is a 45 minute compilation of the main themes of the four-part History of the FWBO series.
50 Years, 50 Voices is our beautiful new online project to document 50 years of people’s commitment and practice within the Triratna Buddhist Order around the world.
This week we are delighted to release the first extracts from the recordings commissioned. And most fittingly these are by Ananda, one of the very first batch of Order members ordained in 1968. Here he is talking delightfully about his first meeting with Sangharakshita and his own quest for an exotic, magical way...
The FWBO/Triratna was formed to alleviate the suffering of the world through practising and sharing the Dharma, the teaching of the Buddha, and that remains at our heart. Over 50 years we have created an Order and Movement that have touched and transformed the lives of thousands of people around the world. The journey has been inspiring and challenging, and not without difficulties. We deeply regret where anyone’s involvement with our Order and Movement has led to suffering and...
In his personal statement issued on December 30th 2016 Sangharakshita said, among other things:
that the FWBO/Triratna sometimes bore the marks not of the Dharma but of his own particular personality;
that his personality was a complex one.
In a new piece of writing, ‘A Complex Personality: A Note’, he explores what he had in mind when he wrote this. He highlights those marks of his personality which have had a positive impact on Triratna as it is today,...
“Refuge” is a film made by Victress Hitchcock and Steven Burckhardt. Locations in and around London: Keffolds, Pundarika, Aryatara.
Here’s what Kamalashila said about the film back in 2013:
“This is how it was - and in many ways, is still. 1972, the year I discovered Triratna. Beautifully made with fascinating clips of such luminaries as Subhuti, Dhammadinna, Graham Sowter, Nagabodhi, Vajradaka and...
Updated April 26th 2017 to fix some broken links in PDF version.
From the introduction We’ve assembled this FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) in response to questions people have asked about historical controversy and unskilful behaviour in FWBO/Triratna, and the ways these are sometimes represented online. The main intention is to provide, in good faith, information we believe to be accurate. We wish to represent what are often complex issues in a fair-minded way without over simplifying, aware that other views...
From the outside Triratna can look like a homogenous organisation, but from within for much of our history it’s looked more anarchic and un-systematic, relying on personal connections with each project or centre financially and legally independent. This has had many advantages but one significant disadvantage is that when relations have broken down there haven’t always been sufficient formal or consistent ways of acknowledging and repairing harm or restoring connection.
We place a high value on friendship in our community. One of...
Posted by sanghadhara to Triratna@50 on Mon, 10 Apr, 2017 - 15:40
Sanghadhara at the UK Northern region event in Sheffield to mark the 50th anniversary of Triratna as a Buddhist community. Talking to Dharmamayi and Moksatara (Padmasagara couldn’t make it!). Catching up on highlights from the day, and reflecting on what it’s like as younger Order members to hear stories from “the old days”.
A great talk by Subhuti, live streamed around the world from London at the time, to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Triratna Buddhist Community.
The fire of peace has been ignited in the world by the Buddha. It burns brightly today in the Triratna Order and movement, and inspired by Sangharakshita’s vision will burn well into the future – but how do we fan the flames so that the heat of practice transforms the world?