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European Buddhist gatherings 2019

By Munisha on Thu, 21 Nov, 2019 - 13:39

European Buddhist gatherings 2019

By Munisha on Thu, 21 Nov, 2019 - 13:39

The end of September saw, as usual, the annual gatherings of the European Buddhist Union, and Buddhist Teachers in Europe.

This year the venue was Sangha Activa, a Spanish group in the Sakya lineage of the Vajrayana Tibetan tradition in the countryside an hour north of Barcelona. I attended both meetings as Triratna’s Liaison officer and Vajratara (who lives and works at Tiratanaloka) joined me for the Buddhist Teachers in Europe.

Sangha Activa several years ago took...

Triratna News
Triratna News

Sakyadhita Conference: Gender Equity for Monastic and Lay Buddhist Women

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 19 Aug, 2019 - 17:33

Sakyadhita Conference: Gender Equity for Monastic and Lay Buddhist Women

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 19 Aug, 2019 - 17:33

Sakyadhita is a Buddhist women’s organisation founded in 1987. The 16th Sakyadhita conference took place near Sydney, Australia in June, with a number of women from the Triratna Buddhist Order in attendance: Kusalacitta from Sydney, as well as Tarahridaya and Karunadeepa from Pune in India. Dharmamodini was there to run a stall for Bodhi Books and Gifts.

Sakyadhita means ‘daughters of the Buddha’, and it aims to promote gender equity for monastic and lay women with a focus on education,...

Community Highlights
Community Highlights

Generation X Dharma Teachers' Conference 2019

By Sadayasihi on Fri, 14 Jun, 2019 - 10:35

Generation X Dharma Teachers' Conference 2019

By Sadayasihi on Fri, 14 Jun, 2019 - 10:35

The 2019 Generation X Dharma Teachers’ Conference is currently underway at Great Vow Zen Monastery in Oregon, USA

This year those attending this biennial conference include three members of the Triratna Buddhist Order: Candradasa from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA; Vimalasara from Vancouver, Canada and Singhasri from London, UK. A variety of other Buddhist traditions in North America will also be represented. This is the fifth gathering of this kind, which has happened every two years since 2011.

The main topic is ethical transformation - exploring...

In The Buddhist World
In The Buddhist World

Bodhimitra International Lay Buddhist Forum 2020

By Munisha on Mon, 10 Jun, 2019 - 12:33

Bodhimitra International Lay Buddhist Forum 2020

By Munisha on Mon, 10 Jun, 2019 - 12:33

I have just received this invitation. I post it here in case anyone is interested to know about it or attend.

Bodhimitra ILBF <bodhimitra.ilbf [at] gmail.com>

Dear all,
We are delighted to inform you of the upcoming Bodhimitra International Lay Buddhist Forum in Korea in October 2020.
Please follow the link below for more information and the call for participation.

https://bodhimitra.com/2019/06/08/ilbf2020cfp/

With metta,
Master Hwaling and the Bodhimitra team....

Sangharakshita Memorial Space
Sangharakshita Memorial Space

Amaravati monastery marks Bhante's death

By Munisha on Thu, 22 Nov, 2018 - 13:32

Amaravati monastery marks Bhante's death

By Munisha on Thu, 22 Nov, 2018 - 13:32

At Amaravati Buddhist Monastery in Hertfordshire, UK, the evening chanting on the day after Bhante’s funeral was dedicated to him.

Amaravati is a monastery in the Thai Forest Tradition, run by the English Sangha Trust, who owned the Hampstead Buddhist Vihara where Bhante lived in the 1960s. 

Read about Munisha’s visit to Ajahn Amaro, abbot of Amaravati, in 2016.

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Safeguarding in Triratna: an update

By Munisha on Thu, 22 Nov, 2018 - 10:18

Safeguarding in Triratna: an update

By Munisha on Thu, 22 Nov, 2018 - 10:18

Since 2015, ‘Safeguarding’ has become an integral part of the life of Triratna organisations in the UK, and indeed those in many other countries, even where Safeguarding as understood in Britain is unknown. (See below for an explanation of Safeguarding.)

All Triratna centres in the UK now have Safeguarding policies and named Safeguarding officers. Triratna centres in other countries are encouraged to do the same, or to do whatever is required locally; and many have done so.

Earlier this year Triratna’s Ethics kula...

Sangharakshita Memorial Space
Sangharakshita Memorial Space

Voices from the Buddhist world 12: Robert Harrap

By Munisha on Mon, 12 Nov, 2018 - 12:05

Voices from the Buddhist world 12: Robert Harrap

By Munisha on Mon, 12 Nov, 2018 - 12:05

A further message of condolence from beyond Triratna, from Robert Harrap, director of Soka Gakkai UK (SGI-UK) (another one of the three largest Buddhist groups in the UK along with Triratna and the New Kadampa Tradition). He had met Bhante at the European Buddhist Union meeting at Adhisthana in September, and he attended the Bhante’s funeral.

“I was very sorry to hear the sad news about Sangharakshita passing away. I am sending prayers...

Sangharakshita Memorial Space
Sangharakshita Memorial Space

Voices from the Buddhist world 11: Egil Lothe

By Munisha on Mon, 12 Nov, 2018 - 11:52

Voices from the Buddhist world 11: Egil Lothe

By Munisha on Mon, 12 Nov, 2018 - 11:52

Continuing our series of messages of condolence from Buddhists beyond Triratna, here is a message from Egil Lothe, who is President of the Buddhist Federation of Norway and one of those responsible - with Triratna’s Sraddhapa - for the new Common Buddhist Text, two copies of which he gave to Bhante and the library at Adhisthana.

“Dear Munisha,

Thank you so much for for your email about Sangharakshita’s passing away and your invitation to attend his funeral. I am also very thankful to you for...

Triratna News
Triratna News

After the funeral

By Munisha on Sat, 10 Nov, 2018 - 22:52

After the funeral

By Munisha on Sat, 10 Nov, 2018 - 22:52

Today Adhisthana welcomed 1,200-1,400 friends from many countries. They arrived throughout the morning by coach, train and car, drank 1,800 paper cups of tea and later disappeared into the darkness - after a few momentous and beautiful hours in which we said goodbye to our teacher, Bhante Sangharakshita.

I’d like to offer two impressions from today and some of Dhammarati’s photographs. (Click to see full-frame.)

The arrangements for a high quality Facebook Live online video transmission from the funeral mysteriously failed at the last minute, which...

Sangharakshita Memorial Space
Sangharakshita Memorial Space

Voices from the Buddhist world 9: Lama Shenpen Hookham

By Munisha on Fri, 9 Nov, 2018 - 13:17

Voices from the Buddhist world 9: Lama Shenpen Hookham

By Munisha on Fri, 9 Nov, 2018 - 13:17

Continuing our series of messages from Buddhists beyond Triratna, a message from Lama Shenpen of the Awakened Heart Sangha in north Wales. Lama Shenpen attended the meeting of the Buddhist Teachers in Europe recently hosted at Adhisthana, where she met Bhante again after many years. They have known each other since the 1960s when she attended classes and retreats with him.

“I’ve just returned from Adhisthana where I spent half an hour meditating beside Bhante’s body feeling the powerful and strangely joyful...

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