“The growth of the bhikkhus is to be expected, not their decline, bhikkhus, so long as they assemble frequently and in large numbers; meet and disperse peacefully and attend to the affairs of the Sangha in concord..”
The 2014 International Council meeting raised the question of what makes a bona fide Triratna Centre.
Principles and practices for Triratna centres were collated into a draft document. After widespread consultation through chairs and Area councils across the world, the International Council meeting in 2016 unanimously gave its full blessing to this final version.
This is the first time we have agreed on the principles of our lineage of responsibility. It is the fullest and most successful consultation the movement has conducted.
This is the document that has been agreed for use across...
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...
Triratna’s European Chairs’ Assembly (ECA) and their guests have been meeting at Adhisthana since last Monday. They have spent the week creatively and very harmoniously, considering a number of matters to do with the future flourishing of Triratna.
Today we heard about the forthcoming publication of the first volume of Sangharakshita’s Complete Works – in English. Considering that just 5% of the world’s 70 million people are native English-speakers, we also heard of the work of the new,...
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.
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.
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...