The International Council met at Adhisthana from the 1st to the 8th of August 2016.
Here is a presentation of who was there, the areas of interest to different Area Councils, and the programme.
It also includes the priorities going forward for the International Council over the next year or two: what each of the strands is taking forward, and what the Council as a whole has set as priorities. These include a response to diversity and access, a review of the system of...
Dhammamegha explains what the Triratna International Council is and does, and tell us a bit about an exciting new project. The ‘Sikkha’ Project is about starting a conversation within Triratna around how we teach meditation and Dharma at all levels, and aims to provide resources and teaching materials for both individuals and Buddhist Centres world-wide.
We finished off the fourth day with a ritual that included readings in many languages and this rather beautiful, atmospheric harmonized chanting of the mantra of the Bodhisattva Manjusri, whose great sword of kindly wisdom cuts through the heart of all ignorance and confusion.
Dhammarati’s impeccably designed guide to the evolution of a structure that might enable a genuinely international Buddhist movement to develop and thrive… Since its inception in 2011 Dhammarati has been at the helm of the International Council. This slideshow accompanies his talk here.
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Vidyatara was one of the forces behind the development of the Triratna International Council after its foundation in 2011. We get a chance to catch up with her on her first return visit to the UK after moving back to Melbourne, Australia. She still carries a fierce passion for the vision of a genuinely international Buddhist movement and that comes through as we hear about aspects of her life and practice at home, back in national political work, carrying...
Day 3 of the 2016 Triratna International Council and we summarize for you by going for a walk with our friend Jnanadhara around the grounds of lovely Adhisthana. Where, amongst other beings, we meet a tiny toad…
Day 2 of the 2016 Triratna International Council - a strong one, looking at the deep challenges for contemporary Buddhists who want to meet the needs of a suffering world head on.
Karmavajra from India, Parami from Scotland, and Viriyakirti from Mexico join Dassini and Candradasa to recap an absorbing, stimulating day. Climate change, diversity and racial bias, the Dharma as an effective antidote to suffering in India, and Buddhist recovery are amongst the topics of the day....
An experimental “cloud” reading, led by Parami, of Sangharakshita’s poem “The Bodhisattva’s Reply” to mark the end of a strong morning at the 2016 International Council on the theme of “Meeting the Needs Of The World.”
THEBODHISATTVA’S REPLY What will you say to those Whose lives spring up between Custom and circumstance As weeds between wet stones, Whose lives corruptly flower Warped from the beautiful, Refuse and sediment
Rounding off the opening day of the 2016 Triratna International Council, a treat from the team of members of the Order representing India. The Karaniya Metta Sutta - source of the loving kindness practice central to Triratna’s approach to Buddhism and meditation - chanted beautifully in the gathering dark at Adhisthana.