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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

Day 4 - History of the Preceptors' College

By Saccanama on Fri, 5 Aug, 2016 - 17:51

Day 4 - History of the Preceptors' College

By Saccanama on Fri, 5 Aug, 2016 - 17:51

The general history of the Preceptors’ College - the body responsible for ordinations into the Triratna Buddhist Order, produced by Saccanama for the 2016 Triratna International Council. 

See all posts from the International Council 2016

Triratna International Council
Triratna International Council

A Walk Around Adhisthana - Day 3 Summary

By Candradasa on Fri, 5 Aug, 2016 - 01:09

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…

We hear about meditating on Manjusri, the Bodhisattva of Wisdom in the Sangharakshita Library; and about the Sikkha Project, an ambitious and exciting look at renewing and re-envisioning the system of...

Triratna International Council
Triratna International Council

Meeting the Needs of the World - A Summary (Con algunas partes en español)

By Candradasa on Thu, 4 Aug, 2016 - 23:43

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....

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

Ritual - The Bodhisattva's Reply

By Candradasa on Thu, 4 Aug, 2016 - 00:18

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.” 

THE BODHISATTVA’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

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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...

Triratna International Council
Triratna International Council

Day Two at the International Council 2016

By Munisha on Wed, 3 Aug, 2016 - 22:44

Day Two at the International Council 2016

By Munisha on Wed, 3 Aug, 2016 - 22:44

Today was devoted to looking at our relationship with a suffering world and how we might meet its needs as a community.

The morning saw short but heartfelt talks from 
•    Akuppa (UK), on climate change and the effect it is already having, including its relationship to refugee crises;
•    Viveka (North America), on moving towards greater ethnic diversity in Triratna;
•    Yashosagar (India), on combatting poverty and discrimination, looking at the teachings of Dr Ambedkar.

All three...

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