College of Public Preceptors
College of Public Preceptors

Chairs' Letter – May 2021

By ratnadharini on Mon, 31 May, 2021 - 21:54

Chairs' Letter – May 2021

By ratnadharini on Mon, 31 May, 2021 - 21:54

Dear Order Members and friends,

Last month one of my deputies, Amrutdeep, wrote from his perspective about the effect of the Coronavirus pandemic in India. 16 Order members and over 35 Dhammamitras died in India in the last couple of months and it’s still pretty grim; if you’d like to help, you can read more about some of the ways in which you can give here.

Its poignant that over the past...

Triratna News
Triratna News

The Amsterdam Buddhist Centre turns 25!

By Sadayasihi on Wed, 11 Nov, 2020 - 17:17

The Amsterdam Buddhist Centre turns 25!

By Sadayasihi on Wed, 11 Nov, 2020 - 17:17

25 years ago, on Sangha Day, November 1995, the Amsterdam Buddhist Centre officially opened its doors - the first long-term Triratna centre in the Lowlands.

Dariusz from Amsterdam writes:
“To commemorate this, this small video was produced and distributed, together with the history timeline, as below, to the Triratna centres around the world.

At the moment, due to the Covid-19 combat policy of the Centre’s council, Amsterdam Buddhist Centre is not open for the
...

Triratna News
Triratna News

Ordination at Metta Vihara, Holland

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 2 Nov, 2020 - 17:58

Ordination at Metta Vihara, Holland

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 2 Nov, 2020 - 17:58

We are very happy to announce the Public Ordination of ex-Sandra Lanckman from the Ghent Sangha, Belgium, at Metta Vihara, Holland, today November 2nd, 2020.

Sandra becomes Maitrivirya (long second and third ‘i’, long final ‘a’) a Sanskrit name meaning ‘she who has the energy of love’

Tarini was the Private Preceptor and Kulanandi the Public Preceptor.

Sadhu!

Watch the public ordination of Maitrivirya on YouTube

European Chairs' Assembly
European Chairs' Assembly

Photos from the 2020 Winter ECA Meeting at Adhisthana

By Sadayasihi on Tue, 14 Jan, 2020 - 14:35

Photos from the 2020 Winter ECA Meeting at Adhisthana

By Sadayasihi on Tue, 14 Jan, 2020 - 14:35

Here are some photos from the 2020 Winter European Chairs Assembly meeting which took place at Adhisthana. The ECA meeting is a chance for those chairing Triratna Buddhist Centres across Europe to come together, practice the Dharma, develop friendships and discuss issues of relevance to their sanghas and the Triratna movement, as a whole.

Triratna News
Triratna News

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...

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).

See all posts from the ECA 2016

Get the podcast (iTunes) | Get the podcast (other services)

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.

...

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 ...

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