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.
Vidyatara was one of the forces behind the development of the Triratna International Council after its foundation in 2011. Here she talks about the structure of the International Council as a bottom-up organization upholding an aspect of the Lineage of Responsibility.
Here’s Dhammarati with another beautifully made presentation giving the history and Dharma context for the formation of the Triratna International Council.
This includes an audio recording (towards the end of the presentation) of Urgyen Sangharakshita, Triratna’s founder, giving his thoughts on the essential work of the Council as part of a healthy succession plan for our community, in line with his intentions to pass on well his own duties, responsibilities and inspiration.
Sikkha is the name of a project overseen by Triratna’s International Council. Its aims are to support the development of training within Triratna for every level of experience, to discover and share how the different elements of our system are taught and practiced most effectively, and to create resources and training to fill any gaps.
The Sikkha website is now open to all. Here you will find some recommended introductory courses - including a newly published course from Sheffield...