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Triratna International Council - Day 6: Internationality (and Visiting the Local Caves!)

By Centre Team on Sat, 23 Jun, 2018 - 16:50

Triratna International Council - Day 6: Internationality (and Visiting the Local Caves!)

By Centre Team on Sat, 23 Jun, 2018 - 16:50

Dassini welcomes Amritasiddhi and Nagaketu from India and Dharmashuri from the United States of America, with a focus on the Movement Strand (ie. Buddhist Centres) and working to make sure teaching and practice in our Buddhist community is supported and “joined up” internationally. 

We started the day early with a morning visit and meditation at the very ancient caves of Bhaja, a Buddhist practice space for well over 2,000 years. The shrine room at Bhaja retreat Centre is aligned with...

Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

5 Years Of The Buddhist Centre Online: #5 Meditation for Transformation

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 14 Jun, 2018 - 16:51

5 Years Of The Buddhist Centre Online: #5 Meditation for Transformation

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 14 Jun, 2018 - 16:51

The object of meditation is to transform oneself, not to have good meditations

Sangharakshita, Peace is a Fire

What Meditation Is and What It Isn’t
Often one of the first things one learns when one comes into contact with Buddhism - and sometimes even before that - is meditation. However, it is not always clear exactly what meditation is, or easy to articulate it! In the last 5 years of The Buddhist Centre Online there have...

Community Highlights
Community Highlights

Newsbyte: The International Council Meeting 2018

By Sadayasihi on Wed, 9 May, 2018 - 12:00

Newsbyte: The International Council Meeting 2018

By Sadayasihi on Wed, 9 May, 2018 - 12:00

In February 2018, members of the Triratna Buddhist Order from around the world gathered at Bhaja in India for the 5th Triratna International Council. What took place, in the context of an inspiring retreat, was a deeply harmonious and creative meeting of minds, bringing ideas and live issues from local situations on 5 continents and exploring them together as a united community. This short film from Clear Vision captures a sense of the spirit of the International Council...

Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

5 Years Of The Buddhist Centre Online: #4 The Triratna Buddhist Order

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 26 Apr, 2018 - 17:35

5 Years Of The Buddhist Centre Online: #4 The Triratna Buddhist Order

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 26 Apr, 2018 - 17:35

If the Order is spiritually united, if it is in harmony, then a truly wonderful thing will happen. The Order then will be the locus for the manifestation of the Bodhicitta…I need hardly say how much the world needs the Dharma, needs such an Order, such a movement as ours. I have done what I can. I have started the movement. The future of the Order, of the movement is in your hands.

Sangharakshita, Looking Ahead A...

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Buddhist Centre Features

5 Years Of The Buddhist Centre Online: #3 Buddhist Voices Around The World

By Sadayasihi on Wed, 28 Mar, 2018 - 15:48

5 Years Of The Buddhist Centre Online: #3 Buddhist Voices Around The World

By Sadayasihi on Wed, 28 Mar, 2018 - 15:48

In essence, a spiritual community is a free association of individuals. You can no more have a spiritual community without individuals than you can have an omelette without eggs.

Sangharakshita, What is the Sanghapage 55.

A Sangha, or spiritual community, needs committed individuals practicing the Dharma in the context of their own particular lives in order to exist. The central myth of the Triratna Buddhist Order is the figure of the 1,000 armed Avalokiteshvara: the idea being that each...

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Buddhist Centre Features

Lokeshvara - Around the World in 80 Days

By Candradasa on Thu, 15 Mar, 2018 - 14:14

The first in an occasional series this year of unreleased archive episodes from Buddhist Voices. Here’s Lokeshvara, one of our two International Order Conveners in Triratna, talking in 2015 at the end of his voyage around the world achieved in exactly 80 days. No hot-air balloons or steam trains or packet ships, alas, just lots of economy flights and time zone surfing! 

What we do hear coming through is why it’s worth such an effort. Lokeshvara gives a great impressionistic sense of...

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Buddhist Centre Features

5 Years of The Buddhist Centre Online: #2 Gathering Together in Large Numbers

By Sadayasihi on Wed, 28 Feb, 2018 - 16:37

5 Years of The Buddhist Centre Online: #2 Gathering Together in Large Numbers

By Sadayasihi on Wed, 28 Feb, 2018 - 16:37

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..

From the Maha-parinibbana Sutta

The Buddha elaborated on the conditions for the Sangha to prosper, one of which, as we see above, was for his disciples to gather in large numbers. Sangharakshita, the founder of the Triratna...

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Community Highlights

The International Council 2018 - Line-up!

By Centre Team on Tue, 20 Feb, 2018 - 09:22

The International Council 2018 - Line-up!

By Centre Team on Tue, 20 Feb, 2018 - 09:22

Our 2018 Council, assembled on the last day of the meeting…

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Triratna International Council

Triratna International Council 2018 - Day 1: The Flow of the Meeting and What Dharma Unites Us

By Centre Team on Thu, 15 Feb, 2018 - 03:10

Triratna International Council 2018 - Day 1: The Flow of the Meeting and What Dharma Unites Us

By Centre Team on Thu, 15 Feb, 2018 - 03:10

Day 1 of the International Council at the Saddhamma Pradeep Retreat Centre here at Bhaja in Maharashtra, India. Introducing Vajrajyoti from New Zealand, Nagapriya from Mexico (via England), and Vajrashura from Dublin, Ireland. Dassini is your host for this informal look back at people’s personal impressions of a full first day, with a sense of why the International Council really matters…

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Buddhist Centre Features

5 Years of The Buddhist Centre Online: #1 New Online Spaces and Physical Places

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 29 Jan, 2018 - 17:56

5 Years of The Buddhist Centre Online: #1 New Online Spaces and Physical Places

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 29 Jan, 2018 - 17:56

“Civic spaces are an extension of the community. When they work well, they serve as a stage for our public lives. If they function in their true civic role, they can be the settings where celebrations are held, where exchanges both social and economic take place, where friends run into each other, and where cultures mix.” [1]

Since The Buddhist Centre officially launched 5 years ago many web spaces have sprung into being which allow greater community building across Triratna as...

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