The twin ordination ceremonies held in India on 17th December 2017 saw the entry of 68 people to the Order (21 women and 47 men); the largest number of people to enter the Order on one day in the Order’s 50 years.
There were 146 ordinations worldwide in 2017 (73 women and 73 men). This is the largest number of people to have entered the Order in one year.
2017 also saw 16 resignations (8 women and 8 men)....
We are very happy to announce that on Sunday 17th December 2017 the following 21 women had their public ordination at Saddhamma Pradeep retreat centre, at Bhaja, in India.
This is the largest number of Dhammacharinis to be ordained at one time in India.
Public preceptor Jnanasuri Private preceptor Karunamaya Sunanda Popatkar, Nagpur, becomes Shraddhakirti meaning “She who is famous for faith”. Sujata Thool, Wardha, becomes Maitrijaya meaning “She who conquers with loving kindness”. Smita Jadhav, Mumbai,...
Jnanasuri talks about being in Nagpur in 1956 when Dr Ambedkar embraced Buddhism along with 400,000 of his followers. At the age of 13 she and her family took part in that momentous event that changed her life, and the lives of all who took part, forever. In Marathi with English translation by Bharati, extracted from a longer interview which took place at the Dr Ambedkar retreat at Adhisthana.
Carunalaka writes from Australia: “It’s a little-known fact that Vajradharini, from Pune, India, has been making kesas for the worldwide Triratna Buddhist Order for the past seven years.
Recently I suggested there were many people who would be delighted to ‘meet’ the woman who makes these items, given to members of the Order at their ordinations. I persuaded her to speak to camera - in English - even though she was very shy about doing so.
October this year saw the first North Indian National Youth Convention (of NNBY). 375 young people came to a retreat in Syna, UP. Many of them were from areas without many Buddhists and were experiencing Triratna for the first time. They were not necessarily from Buddhist families - there were some Muslims and some who had heard of Dr Ambedkar, but were new to Buddhism. It was an immensely positive and inspiring event. For some it was life...