College of Public Preceptors
College of Public Preceptors

Eight Guidelines | Understanding the Principles of Triratna

By akasajoti on Thu, 23 Jun, 2022 - 11:29

Eight Guidelines | Understanding the Principles of Triratna

By akasajoti on Thu, 23 Jun, 2022 - 11:29

Karunadevi and Viradhamma, from California USA, share some of their reflections on the principles of the Triratna Order and Community, in a series of informal, personal, conversations between Public Preceptors about the Eight Guidelines for Ordination Training.

The Eight Guidelines offer a framework through which Order Members and Mitras can reflect on and communicate about their going for refuge and process of training for Ordination into the Triratna Buddhist Order. In this series, members of the Preceptors’ College from around the...

College of Public Preceptors
College of Public Preceptors

Public Preceptor Appointment: Amala

By ratnadharini on Thu, 31 Mar, 2022 - 19:46

Public Preceptor Appointment: Amala

By ratnadharini on Thu, 31 Mar, 2022 - 19:46

Dear Order Members

The College of Public Preceptors is delighted to announce the appointment of Amala, from Maine, USA, as a Public Preceptor.

Amala was ordained by Sanghadevi in 2000 and became a private preceptor in 2015.

She has been involved with the Aryaloka Retreat Center since the early 90’s, where she has been chair of the Spiritual Vitality council for the last 7 years and has been on the council since 2010. Currently she is handing on some of her responsibilities as chair. 

From 2012-2020 she was one of the regional...

College of Public Preceptors
College of Public Preceptors

Chairs' Letter – January 2022

By ratnadharini on Mon, 31 Jan, 2022 - 17:31

Chairs' Letter – January 2022

By ratnadharini on Mon, 31 Jan, 2022 - 17:31

Dear Order members and friends,

A week or so ago we received news of the death, at the age of 95, of Thich Nhat Hanh, founder of the Order of Interbeing and the Plum Village tradition of Engaged Buddhism, and well known for his teachings on mindfulness, peace and ecology. I still have my copy of ‘The Miracle of Mindfulness’ from 1988, when there were far fewer Dharma publications generally available in the west, and remember how...

Triratna in the Buddhist World
Triratna in the Buddhist World

Survey: calling Buddhist chaplains in north America!

By Munisha on Thu, 10 Dec, 2020 - 12:58

Survey: calling Buddhist chaplains in north America!

By Munisha on Thu, 10 Dec, 2020 - 12:58

The Mapping Buddhist Chaplains in North America Research Survey attempts to answer fundamental questions about Buddhist chaplaincy as a professional field. While several universities have been training and graduating Buddhist chaplains—some for more than a decade—there are no clear data on how many and where Buddhist chaplains are currently working.

If you work, volunteer, or are training for any chaplaincy setting (health care, higher ed, corrections, military—or any other sector) and you self-identify as Buddhist, please complete this survey about your work...

Vajra Bell
Vajra Bell

Vajra Bell Fall/Winter 2020 Issue

Vajra Bell Fall/Winter 2020 Issue

By Saddhavasini on Tue, 1 Dec, 2020 - 18:24

The Vajra Bell Fall/Winter 2020 issue is available now!

You can view the issue online by clicking image to the left. You also can view and download here as a pdf. 

The focus of this issue is: ‘Climate Crisis: It’s really happening’

In this issue: 

  • Anālayo: Grounding Our Activism in Ethics and Compassion 
  • Vessantara: 20 Suggestions for ‘Dealing with Overwhelm’
  • Gunopeta: Eco-Anxiety
  • Aryadrishti: The Earth is My Witness

Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

Parami’s Personal Wishlist for the Next 20 Years (con traducción al espanol) - Pan-American Convention 2019

By parami on Thu, 12 Dec, 2019 - 20:33

At the 2019 Triratna Pan-American Convention in Mexico, Parami gives a strong, beautifully challenging talk about the future of the Buddhist community she has taken a leading part in since the 1970s. Taking as her framework Sangharakshita’s 1999 talk ‘Looking Ahead A Little Way’, as well as the four traditional Verses of Acceptance for Buddhist ordination within Triratna, she gives us her Top 10 Wishes for the wellbeing and flourishing of the Order and Movement around it in...

Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

Radical Dharma in Triratna - Looking Back and Ahead in Principle and Practice / Dharma radical en Triratna: mirando hacia atrás y hacia adelante en principio y práctica (con traducción al espanol)

By Free Buddhist Audio on Sun, 27 Oct, 2019 - 04:21

From the 2019 Triratna Buddhist Order Pan-American Convention in Mexico, an excellent triad of short talks looking at what it means to be radical in the context of our history as a community - and what it might mean in future.

Upekshamati, founder of much of the Triratna community’s presence in Mexico, starts us off with a précis and his personal response to Sangharakshita’s talk from 1999 - ‘Looking Ahead A Little Way’

Aryajaya picks up the theme by giving her...

Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

Las Sietas Magníficas (en español) - Podcast de la Convención Panamericana

By Candradasa on Sun, 27 Oct, 2019 - 03:26

Ya transcurrieron un par de días desde que inició la Convención Panamericana. En el comedor se pueden oír conversaciones en inglés y en español, incluso hay quien sirve de traductor para aquel que lo necesita. En este espacio, donde flores y el canto de los pájaros enmarcan las actividades de la convención, tuvieron la oportunidad de reunirse una vez mas. 

Hace poco mas de dos años tomaba lugar su retiro de ordenación en este mismo sitio; alguien tuvo...

Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

Sugar Skull Shrines and Sugar Cane Fields: Transformation in Mexico at the Pan-American Convention

By Candradasa on Fri, 25 Oct, 2019 - 05:20

Sugar Skull Shrines and Sugar Cane Fields: Transformation in Mexico at the Pan-American Convention

By Candradasa on Fri, 25 Oct, 2019 - 05:20

Chintamani Retreat Centre is a strikingly beautiful venue for Dharma practice in any season. And as we move towards November celebrations around the Day of the Dead here in México, the 2019 Pan-American Order Convention is underway, calling us to dwell on the impermanence of things, the impermanence of us.

Fittingly for a place built from scratch 15 years ago on old sugar cane fields and surrounded by sugar cane hills, our beautiful shrine is adorned...

Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

Pan-American Convention 2019 - Online Dharma Coverage!

By Candradasa on Thu, 24 Oct, 2019 - 13:44

Pan-American Convention 2019 - Online Dharma Coverage!

By Candradasa on Thu, 24 Oct, 2019 - 13:44

It’s a busy time in Triratna around the world, and here on The Buddhist Centre. Last week the livestream of ordinations from Mexico City and the corresponding great ordination of 31 Dharma farers from India.

This weekend we’ll have coverage of The Big One, Young Buddhists gathering from Adhisthana. And tomorrow we’ll also be beginning a week’s worth of online Dharma coverage from the Triratna Pan-American Convention 2019, live from the beautiful Chintamani Retreat Centre in...

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