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
I was born in 1954 in a loving family in the Netherlands. Dad ran the village Post office from our house and...
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...
The College of Public Preceptors is delighted to announce the appointment of Nagaketu, from Nagpur, India, as a Public Preceptor.
Nagaketu came in contact with the Sangha in 1988 in Nagpur, and was ordained by Subhuti in 1992. After ordination he established Right Livelihood projects, including a publishing house and bookshop. He became a mitra convenor, and the main coordinator of Mitra convening in India in 2010; in which role he participated in the International Council from it’s conception.
Thanks to Jnanavaca for writing last month’s letter, which came as the war in Ukraine was just beginning. It’s been sobering to watch the devastation of so many lives. I was on a women preceptors’ retreat at Adhisthana as the invasion became a shocking reality to those of us following the news; however others were making the most of being offline, and so it remained in the background until the final day of the retreat.
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.
As one of her deputies, Ratnadharini asked me to write this month’s letter from the College.
My month began with ‘landing back’ from a three week solitary retreat at the LBC’s retreat centre, Vajrasana. It was the first proper solitary I’d had since the start of the pandemic and it felt like balm. I emerged refreshed and energised in a way that I haven’t felt for a long time. The...
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...
This month the annual international College meeting was a complex hybrid affair, taking place partly in person at Adhisthana, and partly online. Akasajoti came up with a schedule that not only took into account the different time zones, but also maximised crossover by shuffling us into different configurations; she even set up interactive zoom screen in the shrine room that meant we could all see and hear each other.