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Chair's Letter – January 2024

By ratnadharini on Wed, 31 Jan, 2024 - 20:00

Chair's Letter – January 2024

By ratnadharini on Wed, 31 Jan, 2024 - 20:00

Dear Order members and friends,

December and January were relatively quiet months for me. Zoom meetings and emails tend to ease up over the festive season and I was able to spend two weeks in Wales doing house repairs and having some time to myself as well as catching up with family; it was my mother’s 95th birthday in early January.

The women’s Area Order weekend back at the beginning of December – which is traditionally...

College of Public Preceptors
College of Public Preceptors

Chair's Letter – October 2023

By ratnadharini on Wed, 1 Nov, 2023 - 13:00

Chair's Letter – October 2023

By ratnadharini on Wed, 1 Nov, 2023 - 13:00

Dear Order Members and friends,

I’m writing from Mexico, where preparations are underway for the Day of the Dead celebrations, and on the fifth anniversary of Sangharakshita’s death. I’m here for the fourth Pan American Convention, which is taking place in a Benedictine monastery on the outskirts of Cuernavaca as Chintamani retreat centre is unfortunately too small for the nearly 100 or so attendees. There are Order members from Canada, in the north, to Argentina, in the south...

College of Public Preceptors
College of Public Preceptors

Chair's Letter – September 2023

By ratnadharini on Sun, 1 Oct, 2023 - 00:00

Chair's Letter – September 2023

By ratnadharini on Sun, 1 Oct, 2023 - 00:00

Dear Order Members and friends,

As I write, the public ordinations of five women – two from Venezuela and three from Mexico – are taking place at Adhisthana in context of pilgrimage retreat for Spanish speakers; welcome to Varamaitri, Akasadhi, Silabhadri, Parashanti and Chandrakanti. The theme of pilgrimage has been growing, as Adhisthana celebrates its tenth anniversary. Parami invited me to join the retreat one evening for an informal conversation about the search for, and early days at, Adhisthana, and...

College of Public Preceptors
College of Public Preceptors

Chair's Letter – March 2023

By ratnadharini on Fri, 31 Mar, 2023 - 12:02

Chair's Letter – March 2023

By ratnadharini on Fri, 31 Mar, 2023 - 12:02

Dear Order members and friends,

Thanks to Maitreyabandhu for the evocative account of our network of friendships last month. 

First I’ll write with an update from the March College meeting – and end with a personal request.

At that point last month, I was involved in our annual Women Preceptors’ retreat at Adhisthana, which gets better each year as the body of experience grows and the connections between us become stronger. We’d decided to make it an ‘in person’ event, while making the study...

College of Public Preceptors
College of Public Preceptors

Chairs' Letter – January 2023

By ratnadharini on Tue, 31 Jan, 2023 - 22:56

Chairs' Letter – January 2023

By ratnadharini on Tue, 31 Jan, 2023 - 22:56

These letters are published here each month, as well as on preceptorscollege.online, and in Shabda, the Order newsletter, as a means to communicate the ongoing work of the College Chair and updates on current discussions and decisions. Responses are welcomed. You can comment below or write directly to preceptorscollege [at] adhisthana.org.

Dear Order members and friends,

I made the most of the lull in emails over the festive season, and spent a quiet couple of weeks...

College of Public Preceptors
College of Public Preceptors

Chairs' Letter – November 2022

By ratnadharini on Thu, 1 Dec, 2022 - 12:28

Chairs' Letter – November 2022

By ratnadharini on Thu, 1 Dec, 2022 - 12:28

Dear Order members and friends,

When I last wrote, a month ago, we had just marked the fourth anniversary of Bhante Sangharakshita’s death at Adhisthana. A meeting of the International Council was underway, and by the end of a very harmonious and enjoyable meeting we had clarified the purpose of the IC and agreed on strategic priorities.

A couple of days later, the annual international ‘in person’ gathering of the College of Public Preceptors began....

College of Public Preceptors
College of Public Preceptors

Chairs' Letter – October 2022

By ratnadharini on Wed, 2 Nov, 2022 - 12:41

Chairs' Letter – October 2022

By ratnadharini on Wed, 2 Nov, 2022 - 12:41

Dear Order members and friends,

Yesterday at Adhisthana we marked the fourth anniversary of Bhante Sangharakshita’s death; with several events taking place it was a full shrineroom, and many more joined us online. Ratnavyuha gave a delightful talk, sharing the history of his personal experience of Bhante and the development of their connection from when they first met at Aryaloka retreat centre in the US, through further encounters in the UK and Spain. I imagine we...

College of Public Preceptors
College of Public Preceptors

Public Preceptor Appointment: Akasasuri

By ratnadharini on Mon, 17 Oct, 2022 - 14:29

Public Preceptor Appointment: Akasasuri

By ratnadharini on Mon, 17 Oct, 2022 - 14:29

Dear Order Members and friends,

The College of Public Preceptors is delighted to announce the appointment of Akasasuri as a Public Preceptor. I am especially glad to welcome another Public Preceptor from mainland Europe, into the the College.

You can read more about Akasasuri’s life and contribution over many years to the Order and Movement, in her own words below.

With metta,
Ratnadharini 

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From Akasasuri:

I was born in 1954 in a loving family in the Netherlands. Dad ran the village Post office from our house and...

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College of Public Preceptors

Chairs' Letter – May 2022

By ratnadharini on Tue, 31 May, 2022 - 18:50

Chairs' Letter – May 2022

By ratnadharini on Tue, 31 May, 2022 - 18:50

Dear Order Members and friends,

As well as being College Chair, I’ve come to hold various other responsibilities within Triratna, including currently being a Centre President and involved in the International Council. Looking back, becoming part of the women’s ordination team at Tiratanaloka was probably the most significant factor in shaping this life; but actually it goes back even further than that and has really emerged from a network of kalyanamitrata…

I first encountered the FWBO / Triratna in London, when I was...

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