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Western Buddhist Review

Finding Out More About Early Buddhist Women

Posted by dhivan thomas jones to Western Buddhist Review on Wed, 28 Dec, 2016 - 12:52

Finding Out More About Early Buddhist Women

Posted by dhivan thomas jones to Western Buddhist Review on Wed, 28 Dec, 2016 - 12:52

With this post we present another fine review by Sarah Clelland of a recent work of scholarship on women monastics in early Buddhism.

Alice Collett, Lives of Early Buddhist Nuns: Biographies as History, Oxford University Press, India, 2016

Review by Sarah Clelland

In Lives of Early Buddhist Nuns Alice Collett, now lecturer at Nālanda University in India, explores changing attitudes to women in Buddhism through the stories of six early nuns: Dhammadinnā, Khemā, Kisāgotamī, Paṭācārā, Bhaddā Kuṇḍalakesā and Uppalavaṇṇā. In the first half...

Triratna News
Triratna News

Triratna’s first Pali symposium

Posted by Munisha to Triratna News on Fri, 10 Jun, 2016 - 18:09

Triratna’s first Pali symposium

Posted by Munisha to Triratna News on Fri, 10 Jun, 2016 - 18:09

Saturday 15th May saw Triratna’s first Pāli Symposium, in Cambridge, UK. Mitra Dr Sarah Clelland reports.

“Jayarava, Dhivan, Śraddhāpa, Jan Osborne and I met in the library of the Cambridge Buddhist Centre to read, translate and discuss two texts - some verses by the bhikkhunī Patācārā from the Therīgāthā, and the Kaccānagotta discourse by the Buddha – as well as investigating the meaning of the Pāli word sutta, which may not after all be the same as the Sanskrit word sūtra. 
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Community Highlights
Community Highlights

The Greek Buddha?

Posted by Candradasa to Community Highlights on Tue, 22 Sep, 2015 - 18:44

The Greek Buddha?

Posted by Candradasa to Community Highlights on Tue, 22 Sep, 2015 - 18:44

Did the Buddha’s teaching really travel to ancient Greece and enter western philosophy by that route?

Over on The Western Buddhist Review, Dhivan looks at the evidence and teases out the questions that have to be asked, even of such an intriguing proposition…

Read ‘Pyrrho and the Buddha: Reasons to be Sceptical’

Online Meditators
Online Meditators

Meditations from the Anuruddha Sutta - Week 4, Deeper Into The Breath

Posted by Candradasa to Online Meditators on Mon, 27 Jul, 2015 - 14:49

Meditations from the Anuruddha Sutta - Week 4, Deeper Into The Breath

Posted by Candradasa to Online Meditators on Mon, 27 Jul, 2015 - 14:49

This Tuesday we continue our six week series of meditations based on the Anuruddha Sutta and the Buddha’s description of how the qualities of a Dharma farer relate to the practices they engage in - especially in meditation itself.

Tuesday 28th July, 2.30pm EST / 7.30pm UK

Add us to your circles on Google + and join the Hangout. We’ll be online 10 minutes before and we’ll sit for about 40 minutes, with an introduction and space for optional...

Pali
Pali

Triratna ceremonies in Pali

Posted by lokabandhu to Pali on Mon, 28 Oct, 2013 - 20:57
Here’s an unusual peice of translation work: three well-known Triratna ceremonies ‘back-translated’ from English into Pali - translations usually being FROM the Pali! We’re delighted to present the Dedication Ceremony, the Refuges and Precepts, and the Threefold Pūja. Many thanks to Dhivan and others for preparing them; we’re hoping for the Sanskrit versions soon!

They are part of the Triratna Translations project, hosted on The Buddhist Centre Online...
The 2012 Triratna International Retreat
The 2012 Triratna International Retreat

Buddha Puja words, translation and chant

Posted by lokabandhu to The 2012 Triratna International Retreat on Tue, 5 Jun, 2012 - 16:51

Buddha Puja words, translation and chant

Posted by lokabandhu to The 2012 Triratna International Retreat on Tue, 5 Jun, 2012 - 16:51Here’s a link to the Pali Buddha Puja sung by Joe on the last day of the Retreat, with a transcript of the words and their translation below…

Vanna gandha gunopetam,
Etam kusum santati,
Pujayami Munindassa
Siripada saroruhe.
Pujemi Buddham
Kusumen nena
Punnena metena labhami mokham
Puppham milayati
Yatha Idam me
Kayo tathayati vinasa bhavam
Ghanasarappa ditena
Dipena tamadhansina
Tiloka dipam sambuddham
Pujayami tamonudam.
Sugandhi kaya vadanam
Ananta guna gandhina
Sugandhi naham gandhena
Pujayami Tathagatam
Buddham Dhammam...