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Fifty Years, Fifty Voices
Fifty Years, Fifty Voices

50 Years, 50 Voices: Megha

Posted by Satyalila to Fifty Years, Fifty Voices on Thu, 20 Sep, 2018 - 03:17

I knew I needed to have people who could reflect back, if I neglected what it was that I might need, as well as what the situation needed.

Megha’s Annals

In 1968 I was 15 years old, at secondary school, sitting the first major exams at the end of that year. Living with my younger sister, parents and two pets in a valley-suburb 10 miles from Wellington, New Zealand.

In 1978 I was in the middle year of Occupational Therapy training in the Wellington area. I’d...

Fifty Years, Fifty Voices
Fifty Years, Fifty Voices

50 Years, 50 Voices: Purna

Posted by Satyalila to Fifty Years, Fifty Voices on Tue, 14 Aug, 2018 - 16:02

I couldn’t have done it any other way, as hard as it was…

Purna’s Annals 

In 1968 I turned 20 and was in the second year of a Maths and Physics degree. Joined my brother for a yacht trip around the South Pacific for two months, sailing to Samoa, Tonga and Fiji. Hove to for three days surviving a tropical cyclone. Finished my degree and started travelling in South-East Asia and India to find a Buddhist meditation teacher.

In 1978, having been ordained by Bhante on...

The College of Public Preceptors
The College of Public Preceptors

Focus on Australia and New Zealand

Posted by Saccanama to The College of Public Preceptors on Wed, 11 Jul, 2018 - 08:00

Focus on Australia and New Zealand

Posted by Saccanama to The College of Public Preceptors on Wed, 11 Jul, 2018 - 08:00

Over the last few years, there have been significant developments in the College in Australia and New Zealand with new public preceptors being appointed and the development of ordination training within those areas. So we asked Dharmanandi, Purna and Maitripala to write about their work - 

Dharmanandi writes about the early years of women’s ordination training in New Zealand and ...

The College of Public Preceptors
The College of Public Preceptors

Ratnavyuha from New Zealand becomes a public preceptor

Posted by Saccanama to The College of Public Preceptors on Wed, 27 Dec, 2017 - 11:00

Ratnavyuha from New Zealand becomes a public preceptor

Posted by Saccanama to The College of Public Preceptors on Wed, 27 Dec, 2017 - 11:00

Ratnavyuha introduces himself -

I currently live in Auckland, New Zealand where I’m involved with the Auckland Buddhist Centre, Sudarshanaloka Trust (which includes both Sudarshanaloka retreat centre and Lotus Realm Trading), and the Men’s ordination training process in New Zealand and Australia. My first contact with Triratna was in 1992 through Aryaloka retreat centre while a student at the...

Triratna News
Triratna News

Ordination in New Zealand

Posted by Munisha to Triratna News on Sun, 17 Dec, 2017 - 19:24

Ordination in New Zealand

Posted by Munisha to Triratna News on Sun, 17 Dec, 2017 - 19:24

We are delighted to announce the public ordination of Geoff Walker at the Auckland Buddhist Centre on 16th December 2017.

Geoff’s new name is Dhīramuni. (The first ‘i’ is long.)
This is a Sanskrit name meaning ‘resolute sage’.
Westernised spelling: Dhiramuni
Private preceptor: Ratnavyuha
Public preceptor: Purna

Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!

Triratna News
Triratna News

Ordination in New Zealand

Posted by Munisha to Triratna News on Sun, 17 Dec, 2017 - 19:22

Ordination in New Zealand

Posted by Munisha to Triratna News on Sun, 17 Dec, 2017 - 19:22

We are delighted to announce the public ordination of Geoff Walker at the Auckland Buddhist Centre on 16th December 2017.

Geoff’s new name is Dhīramuni. (The first ‘i’ is long.)
This is a Sanskrit name meaning ‘resolute sage’.
Westernised spelling: Dhiramuni
Private preceptor: Ratnavyuha
Public preceptor: Purna

Community Highlights
Community Highlights

NEW website for Sudarshanaloka Retreat Centre

Posted by Ratnavyuha to Community Highlights on Thu, 16 Mar, 2017 - 01:52

NEW website for Sudarshanaloka Retreat Centre

Posted by Ratnavyuha to Community Highlights on Thu, 16 Mar, 2017 - 01:52

Hi everyone.

Wanted to let you know we have a NEW website!

Not only does it show you all the upcoming events at Sudarshanaloka, it also allows you to see when our solitary cabins are available. And you can now book online, right now.

If you are travelling to New Zealand and fancy a group retreat, a solitary, or perhaps just want to stay in our community house when there are no retreats on … please book online or email us. We’d love...

The College of Public Preceptors
The College of Public Preceptors

3 ordinations in New Zealand September 2016

Posted by Saccanama to The College of Public Preceptors on Mon, 26 Sep, 2016 - 15:17

3 ordinations in New Zealand September 2016

Posted by Saccanama to The College of Public Preceptors on Mon, 26 Sep, 2016 - 15:17

Three Ordinations in New Zealand

Varadevi and Dharmanandi are delighted to announce the names of three new Dharmacharinis.

Public Preceptor Varadevi

Andrea Gill becomes Ujjalamati
(Pali -  all short vowels)
Private Preceptor:  Dharmanandi
Meaning of name:  She whose mind is radiant

Public Preceptor Dharmanandi

Kate  Drury becomes ...

Triratna News
Triratna News

Ordinations in New Zealand

Posted by Munisha to Triratna News on Sun, 18 Sep, 2016 - 21:16

Ordinations in New Zealand

Posted by Munisha to Triratna News on Sun, 18 Sep, 2016 - 21:16

We are delighted to announce the names of three new Dharmacharinis ordained on 17th September at Golden Bay, New Zealand.

Public Preceptor Varadevi

Andrea Gill becomes Ujjalamati
(Pali - all short vowels)
Private Preceptor: Dharmanandi
Meaning of name: She whose mind is radiant

Public preceptor Dharmanandi

Kate Drury becomes Saccattha
(Pali - long second and last a)
Meaning of name: She whose goal is the Truth
Private Preceptor Varadevi

Natalie Grace becomes Karunajoti
(Pali -  long second a and long i)
Meaning of...

The College of Public Preceptors
The College of Public Preceptors

Introducing Purna

Posted by Saccanama to The College of Public Preceptors on Tue, 15 Mar, 2016 - 14:09

A great interview with Purna by Nagabodhi, who has been a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order since the late 1970s and is attending his first meeting of the Preceptors College. We hear the history of the Triratna community in New Zealand and Australia, and the continuing process of ordination training in the southern hemisphere.

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