Jnanacandra is Chair of Triratna’s Essen Buddhist Centre, in Germany. She writes about their recent Jugendfeier – a rite of passage for adolescents – held on 5th June for four teenage boys. Open the pictures fully to see the very evident love and appreciation of the boys and their parents!
“This beautifully designed ceremony ritually marked the end of the boys’ childhood and their embarking on the path toward adulthood. About 60 people were present, mostly from the boys’ families,...
Simone Deiringer is a Mitra in Triratna’s Berlin sangha, Germany, training for ordination and exploring possibilities for a project enabling sangha to live and work together near Berlin.
She writes: “I am looking for somewhere close to Berlin where we can establish a collective project, living and working together. Right now I am investigating a small agriculture and gardening business for sale in the Uckermark (an hour and a half drive from the city): 10 hectares of land with buildings and a working horse!
In dieser Workshopreihe wollen wir das Ziel des Buddhismus – Erleuchtung – näher untersuchen. Erleuchtung hat viele Namen, darunter Erwachen, Erkennen, Sehen wie die Dinge sind, Nirwana, etc.
In unseren Treffen wollen wir die drei Kernqualitäten der Erleuchtungserfahrung untersuchen, Mitgefühl, Weisheit und Energie. Wir werden im gemeinsamen Austausch und in Workshops untersuchen, was Erleuchtung, bzw. Mitgefühl, Weisheit und Energie für uns bedeutet, wo wir in unserer Erfahrung...
Order members from all over Europe, including the UK and Ireland, have regularly met at “European” Conventions held in Britain. However, the Order in mainland Europe is now large enough to hold its own: there are now over...
By Munisha on Tue, 3 Feb, 2015 - 10:59At a public ordination ceremony held at 2pm on Sunday 25th January at Buddhistisches Tor Berlin, Claus-Wilhelm Klinker became Achalabandhu: “Steadfast, unshakable friend”.
(The ‘a’s and the ‘u’ are short; the emphasis is on the fourth syllable.)
His private preceptor was Amogharatna and his public preceptor Padmavajra.
By Munisha on Thu, 20 Nov, 2014 - 16:18Representatives of Buddhist traditions and national Buddhist unions in Europe attended the annual 3-day meeting of the European Buddhist Union (EBU) at the end of September in Hamburg, Germany.
Munisha attended for Triratna, along with nearly 40 others from all over Europe, including members of Hungary’s Jai Bhim Network, new gypsy Buddhists inspired by Dr Ambedkar and his Indian followers. The EBU membership is currently largely Mahayana or Vajrayana.
By Munisha on Fri, 17 Oct, 2014 - 00:27Every year, Triratna’s European Chairs’ Assembly (ECA) awards a number of small grants from its Growth Fund. This year five grants were made, to a total of GBP 3,575. Your Centre, group or project may like to consider applying next year.
Growth Fund grants are made to projects leading to an increase in numbers of people attending Triratna classes in basic meditation and Dharma:
a. existing Centres giving birth to new groups and Centres in their...
By Munisha on Fri, 3 Oct, 2014 - 13:33What if there’s no Triratna sangha where you are? Today and tomorrow, Triratna News hears from two people far from Triratna sangha, starting with Anne-Cathrin. A German mitra training for ordination, she lives in Bogor, Indonesia.
She writes: “I asked for ordination August 2013. At the same time, I decided to embark on the adventure of Going Forth. Though I understood that the ordination process involved practice in daily life with Buddhist friends, I also longed to use my...
By Munisha on Wed, 2 Jul, 2014 - 00:02Amalavajra writes from the India Dhamma Trust, which raises money for the ordination training of Indian Buddhists:
“Amrutdeep, a senior Indian Order member and Public Preceptor, recently completed a successful tour of six Triratna Centres in the Netherlands, France, Belgium and Germany. Coinciding with Buddhist Action Month, his visit fitted the Month’s overarching social action theme very well.
Visiting the sanghas at Metta Vihara, Arnhem, Amsterdam, Paris, Ghent and Essen, he told the story of Dr...