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Urgyen Tulip Revival

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 15 Jul, 2019 - 15:18

Urgyen Tulip Revival

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 15 Jul, 2019 - 15:18

Metta Vihara, the retreat centre for Belgium and the Netherlands, opened in 2012. To help fund that project they asked a bulb grower to create a tulip, which was named Urgyen, after Sangharakshita, the founder of the Triratna Buddhist Order and community.

Now the grower has stopped producing it but a Triratna friend, Kees van den Berg, son of a Dutch bulb grower himself, has collected some 18 remaining bulbs and over the coming years is going to restart...

FutureDharma
FutureDharma

The New Dharma Revolution in Hungary

By Jai Teather on Wed, 18 Jul, 2018 - 12:46

The New Dharma Revolution in Hungary

By Jai Teather on Wed, 18 Jul, 2018 - 12:46

FutureDharma supporters have brought Roma Buddhists from Hungary together with those from Belgium, India and Holland. Metta Vihara Retreat Centre recently hosted a unique Bodhisattva Ideal retreat, connecting Sangha members from across the world.

Hungarian gypsies, known as the Roma community, have a deep connection with the Dalits of India. Both communities are segregated, unable to get access to education or employment, and are treated like lesser humans. Buddhist Romas are few and far between, isolated, and lacking a Sangha which makes...

Triratna News
Triratna News

Expressing the Bodhisattva Ideal in the World: Ambedkar and the Gypsies in Hungary

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 23 Apr, 2018 - 11:53

Expressing the Bodhisattva Ideal in the World: Ambedkar and the Gypsies in Hungary

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 23 Apr, 2018 - 11:53

From the 10th to the 13th May 2018 the Dutch and the Belgian Sanghas are holding an Order-Mitra Convention at the Dutch retreat centre Metta Vihara, to which they have invited some Mitras from the Hungarian gypsy community. The Convention will be held in English and any Mitra or Order Member are welcome to attendFuture Dharma have provided funding to enable these Mitras, as well as Maitriveer Nagarjuna - who will be giving a key talk on Dr Ambedkar - to attend...

Triratna Young Buddhists
Triratna Young Buddhists

Small Actions: Growing Minds

By Prajnaketu on Thu, 4 May, 2017 - 11:13

Small Actions: Growing Minds

By Prajnaketu on Thu, 4 May, 2017 - 11:13

Low Countries young Buddhists retreat April 2017

Gerda writes:

On a sunny, cloudy and windy Easter weekend in April, 27 young buddhists from five different countries came together in retreat centre Metta Vihara in the Netherlands to explore the idea of ‘total action, free mind’.

If we long to free our minds, it may be most obvious to turn to practices working directly with the mind, such as meditation and reflection, which will help us to become wiser, more aware and, as a result, more skilful...

Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

2016 Summer European Chairs Assembly

By mokshini on Wed, 31 Aug, 2016 - 09:44

At the start of the summer meeting of the European chairs of Triratna Buddhist Centres, Mokshini talks to Parina about what happens at these meetings, and why and whether Parina values coming to them. Parina is the chair of Metta Vihara, the Triratna Retreat Centre in the Lowlands (that’s the Netherlands and Belgium).

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Triratna News
Triratna News

First mainland European Going For Refuge retreat for women

By Munisha on Mon, 6 Jul, 2015 - 16:48

First mainland European Going For Refuge retreat for women

By Munisha on Mon, 6 Jul, 2015 - 16:48

This September, the Tiratanaloka team from Wales, UK, will join Order members from continental Europe to run an international ‘Going For Refuge’ retreat for women on mainland Europe for the first time.

office [at] tiratanaloka.org.uk (Contact Tiratanaloka) for more details or to book.

The ‘What Is The Order?’ retreat is for women training for ordination and will take place at Triratna’s purpose-built Metta Vihara retreat centre in the Netherlands, 11-25th September.

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Triratna News
Triratna News

Vajragita's death ritual

By Munisha on Sun, 30 Nov, 2014 - 15:01

Vajragita's death ritual

By Munisha on Sun, 30 Nov, 2014 - 15:01Akasasuri, Dayapadma, Jayavajri and Mokshagandhi write with funeral details, from Vajragita’s community, Subhavana, in Amsterdam:

“This notice is about Vajragita but our hearts are also with the friends and family of Navachitta; two deaths so close to one another of two precious people.

Vajragita is ‘laid out’ at home with us in her own bed, in her own room.

On Thursday 4th December we would like to be with as many people as possible at ...
Triratna News
Triratna News

Ordination at Metta Vihara, The Netherlands

By Munisha on Wed, 1 Oct, 2014 - 00:56

Ordination at Metta Vihara, The Netherlands

By Munisha on Wed, 1 Oct, 2014 - 00:56Jan Deckers from Ghent, Belgium, was publicly ordained at Metta Vihara retreat centre in The Netherlands on Sunday 28th September.

Jan becomes Dhammavedin - “He who is inspired by the Dhamma”.

His private preceptor was Dhammaketu; his public preceptor Mahamati.

Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!




Triratna News
Triratna News

Metta Vihara celebrates family retreat

By lokabandhu on Fri, 9 Aug, 2013 - 05:23

Metta Vihara celebrates family retreat

By lokabandhu on Fri, 9 Aug, 2013 - 05:23

Jan Deckers writes from Metta Vihara, Triratna’s new and beautiful retreat centre in the Dutch countryside. He says - “We had a wonderful working retreat at Metta Vihara, one where we learned again that Buddhism teaches us that everything is subject to change - including our retreats…! What had initially been announced as a youth retreat eventually turned into a working family retreat, and as many as 30 people (aged between one and seventy!) came over to Metta...