It’s a while since I’ve written, as there was no September Shabda.
It’s been a delight over the past few months to see a series of ‘hybrid’ events taking place at Adhisthana,‘in person’ as well as online. People have appreciated being able to reconnect in that way again, as well as enjoying the beautiful environment and the opportunity to visit the newly opened Urgyen House and exhibition, and the...
Dhammarati has worked as the convenor of the International Council for the last decade, establishing a structure for communication and collaboration between the College, Order and Movement from every geographical area, to support the unity of our spiritual community across the world.
In March, he will be handing over to Arthavadin and Akasajoti who will become co-convenors and work together, with the International Council Steering Group and Area Councils, to support and develop the work of the International Council in its next phase.
We’re looking for an order member to work full-time for the International Council.
The International Council is the pivotal structure that creates a forum for communication and collaboration between the College, the Order and Movement from every geographical Area in Triratna. As Triratna has grown, the role of the International Council has become more important to support the work of spreading the Dharma and creating a unified spiritual community across the world.
Dhammarati has worked for the International Council since it was established...
Two days ago I attended the public ordination of 16 women at Adhisthana. When Bhante chose the ‘miracle’ design of the stupa for Dhardo Rimpoche at Tiratanaloka, he said it was because the greatest miracle was Going for Refuge; it seemed especially miraculous to be having public ordinations, given the Covid 19 restrictions, with around 500 people joining the live zoom. I was on the balcony, above the flags and aware of the blessings of blue...
The first full day of the online International Council. The blue sky is behind us and all around, and we’re with Aryadrishti and Sravaniya from Canada and the USA. In some ways a sobering, if hopeful, take on what a Dharma community has to offer when faced with deep, systemic suffering.
- The Bodhichitta practice as the backdrop to sorrow. - What Triratna can do to respond in hard times. - IC priorities in the wake of Covid-19.
It’s day zero! Akasajoti is joined by Amrutasiddhi and Karmavajra from India to hear about how the IC got going around the world.
- What’s the significance of the International Council and Area Council in India? - How was the opening session now the whole thing is virtual? - What lies ahead in the meeting? Race, caste, social issues…
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On Saturday the 29th, the International Council will begin their 2020 meeting online.
Representatives of the College, Order and Movement across all six geographical Areas of Triratna will be gathering to consider their priorities and live themes in the Order and Movement, as well as exploring together different aspects of the Bodhicitta Meditation in community practice sessions.
Together, they will discuss:
revisiting the ICs four key strategic priorities in the light of the global coronavirus pandemic and the increased awareness of social, environmental and political engagement,
Follow this link to the latest International Council Newsletter. It includes an introduction to the International Council, it’s history and purpose; a report of the 2019 meeting; the emerging priorities for the three strands - the College, the Order, and the Movement; an update on the International Council and Sikkha Project teams; and a personal perspective on the International Council from one of it’s members.