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Triratna’s International Council: what they did in the summer holidays

By Munisha on Tue, 25 Oct, 2016 - 15:43

Triratna’s International Council: what they did in the summer holidays

By Munisha on Tue, 25 Oct, 2016 - 15:43

As we reported at the time, Triratna’s International Council met at Adhisthana in the first week of August. 

Representatives of the Order, College and Movement from all over the world gathered to practise together – through shrine room activities and business. Their three themes were 

  • World needs
  • Triratna’s System of Practice and 
  • Unity and working with conflict

Over on the International Council space on The Buddhist Centre Online you’ll find Dhammarati’s very beautiful visual summary of the meeting.

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Triratna International Council

Final day of the International Council 2016

By Munisha on Tue, 9 Aug, 2016 - 22:56

Final day of the International Council 2016

By Munisha on Tue, 9 Aug, 2016 - 22:56

The International Council’s 4th meeting closed yesterday with much appreciation for the great hard work and skill of everyone involved in running the event, from the facilitators to the cooks. Many of us were already looking ahead to the next meeting, in early 2018, in India.

Even before we had all left, Adhisthana was welcoming early arrivals for the next event, much bigger than ours: the international Order convention for men, including a group of Dharmacharis from India.

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Triratna International Council
Triratna International Council

Day Six at the International Council 2016 - Setting Priorities

By Munisha on Sun, 7 Aug, 2016 - 21:48

Day Six at the International Council 2016 - Setting Priorities

By Munisha on Sun, 7 Aug, 2016 - 21:48

Today the International Council looked to the future, starting with a time machine journey in which we were all transported forward 30 years. Apparently British intelligence services were particularly wanting their prototype time machine tested by a group of Buddhists with a courtyard. And they found us!

Chanting the maitri mantra we circled three times clockwise around the courtyard, then broke into small groups to look back at today’s Triratna from an imagined future, which yielded many imaginative ideas. Coming back to the...

Triratna International Council
Triratna International Council

Day five at the International Council 2016

By Munisha on Sat, 6 Aug, 2016 - 23:10

Day five at the International Council 2016

By Munisha on Sat, 6 Aug, 2016 - 23:10

International Council members woke today to the best kind of lush, golden Herefordshire summer morning: pigeons cooing; deep green oak trees in full leaf.

The day was devoted to the theme of conflict resolution and related matters. Dhammarati presented the document “What is a Triratna Buddhist Centre?” As the result of the Council’s first-ever worldwide consultation, this is a landmark.

Saddhaloka introduced new draft model ethical guidelines for the Order and Munisha introduced the latest version of the model ‘Safeguarding’ documents regarding the protection...

Triratna International Council
Triratna International Council

Dhammamegha and Dhammarati - The Sikkha Project: The History and Story So Far...

By dhammamegha on Sat, 6 Aug, 2016 - 12:33

Dhammamegha and Dhammarati - The Sikkha Project: The History and Story So Far...

By dhammamegha on Sat, 6 Aug, 2016 - 12:33

Dhammamegha’s detailed exposition of the early stages of an ambitious, exciting new project to renew and re-imagine the Triratna system of practice as a genuinely collective international endeavour…

Her full account of where the project is at after its early stage research is preceded by Dhammarati’s helpful account of the Sikkha Project in relation to the Triratna International Council - the hows and whys of the project got started.

Watch the accompanying presentation

Listen to a recent 15 minute interview with Dhammarati...

Triratna International Council
Triratna International Council

Day Four at the International Council

By Munisha on Fri, 5 Aug, 2016 - 21:50

Day Four at the International Council

By Munisha on Fri, 5 Aug, 2016 - 21:50

Today there’s a large marquee in Adhisthana’s green field, ready for the international Order convention next week. After days of cloud and rain the sun has been shining.

Meanwhile, through talks and questions, the Council heard about Triratna’s College of Public Preceptors, the body of senior Order members who ensure common standards of ordination worldwide.

We heard short personal talks on their experience of being in the College from Saddhaloka, Chair of the College, and Yashosagar from India. Saccanama, who provides the College...

Triratna International Council
Triratna International Council

Meeting The Needs Of The World - Bright Spots

By Candradasa on Thu, 4 Aug, 2016 - 20:15

Meeting The Needs Of The World - Bright Spots

By Candradasa on Thu, 4 Aug, 2016 - 20:15

Following the earlier set of talks about different areas of challenge for contemporary Buddhists in the modern world - at times sobering as we heard evoked strongly the huge needs involved - we get to hear some tales of ordinary communities of practitioners who are doing something creative in response.

Jnanadhara evokes a wonderful climate march in Dublin; Viveka reports on the San Francisco sangha looking together at racial bias; Vajrajyoti describes how a Buddhist recovery movement took...

Triratna International Council
Triratna International Council

Day Three at the International Council 2016

By Munisha on Thu, 4 Aug, 2016 - 20:05

Day Three at the International Council 2016

By Munisha on Thu, 4 Aug, 2016 - 20:05

Today the Council looked at Triratna’s System of Practice.

The day began with collective practice of the Manjughosha stuti sadhana in front of Sangharakshita’s Manjughosha rupa which watches over the atrium of the Sangharakshita Library. (This is a visualisation meditation practice given to Sangharakshita by his teacher Jamyang Khyentse in October 1957.)

In the morning session, Dhammamegha presented the Sikkha Project, intended to deepen our understanding of what and how we practise and teach within the Triratna community, and develop an explicit shared framework to talk about it. 

Listen to a recent 15 minute interview with Dhammarati...

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Triratna News

Triratna's International Council meeting at Adhisthana this week

By Munisha on Thu, 4 Aug, 2016 - 12:41

Triratna's International Council meeting at Adhisthana this week

By Munisha on Thu, 4 Aug, 2016 - 12:41

Triratna’s International Council is meeting for at Adhisthana all this week. This is the fourth meeting of the Council, which held its first meeting in 2011.

What is the International Council?

Thirty three delegates from across Triratna’s six Areas are using their time to consider matters of common interest brought to them by Order members all over the world, including ethics, how and what we teach and responding to the needs of the world.

Follow reports from each day of the meeting over on the Council’s...

Triratna International Council
Triratna International Council

Meeting The Needs Of The World

By Candradasa on Wed, 3 Aug, 2016 - 23:39

Meeting The Needs Of The World

By Candradasa on Wed, 3 Aug, 2016 - 23:39

A strong set of short talks as befits the title to start us off on day two of the 2016 Triratna International Council. 

Parami introduces Akuppa challenging us to examine our responses to the possible realities of climate change; Viveka, asking us with great feeling to be curious about the possibilities for diversity amid the realities of deep-seated conditioning around racial bias; and Yashosagar inviting us to embrace the Buddha’s vision of the Dhamma as an adequate response to...

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