On 26th August 2016 Bhante turns 91. His mind is bright and active and he takes a lively interest in what goes on in the Order and Movement. He continues to give of himself and in recent months, despite dips in his energy, he has met a lot of people. It was very moving to see the joy of the Indian Order members at the Men’s Convention when having their photograph taken with him. Clearly though, his body is frail, and we...
In the last of our audio interviews from the March 2016 Preceptors’ College meeting, Satyaraja and Kamalashila share some reflections about their personal practice of meditation. It’s a lovely discussion between two people who are dedicated to meditation as a key way to work with the mind and discover more deeply the nature of it. We hear particularly about the devotional aspects of meditation, which is another way into the idea of insight itself. And about meditation retreats - solitary and...
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.
One of the major areas of work for the public preceptors is the training of private preceptors, of whom there are now well over 200 worldwide. Separate retreats for men and women private preceptors happen every year at Adhisthana and Padmavajra and Dhammadinna, who have been involved in them for 10 years or more, share their reflections about these retreats.
Parami is delighted to introduce her friend of 40 years - Ashokashri - who is attending her first meeting as a new member of the Triratna College of Public Preceptors, with particular responsibility for the USA.
Satyaraja and Maitreyabandhu led the 4-month ordination course for men at Guhyaloka last year and began a 3-year process of implementing changes to the course. Here they explain some of their reasons for these developments.
Subhuti, a leading member of the Preceptors’ College, spends much of his time in India. His winter 2014/15 visit lasted 85 days, including 12 retreats, and covered over 3000 miles. It began at Bhaja, Maharashtra and concluded at the place of the Buddha’s Enlightenment.
21 men were ordained recently at Bhaja retreat centre in India on a retreat led by Sona. It was a coming together of men from Australia, New Zealand and India for an unusual event cutting across cultural boundaries.
With these ordinations, there are now over 2000 Order members worldwide.
Eric Barrett (Sydney) becomes: Maitribandha
Meaning of name: He who is bound by Maitri...
Sangharakshita’s secretary, Sthanashraddha, reports from Adhisthana in Herefordshire, UK:
“Some 10 weeks have passed since the last report and in that time Adhisthana has passed through the longest night of the winter months and the seasonal nadir of the year. Yet so far one would hardly have noticed, with barely a handful of frosty nights and only one real freezing spell when the ponds froze over leaving the duck population mostly high and dry, if a little cold of foot.
Ashokashri found the movement in 1977, having discovered she was a Buddhist and starting to meditate a few months before. She was ordained by Bhante Urgyen Sangharakshita at Padmaloka in 1980. For the next 7 years she lived in a women’s community, worked in the team-based livelihood (a café and shop) and taught at the Croydon Buddhist Centre. During those years, she was also involved in leading activities for...