2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the first ordinations of women by women in the West.
Ratnasuri previously had been the Public Preceptor for two dharmacharinis in India, January 1987, which she conducted ‘on behalf of’ Sangharakshita, the founder of the Triratna Buddhist Order.
In 1989 Sangharakshita asked Ratnasuri to perform ordinations ‘on her own responsibility’ - a very significant development for the Order. On 17th August 1989, on a retreat at Taraloka Retreat Centre, Wales, she received into the...
On 4 May 2015 at Guhyaloka, the Triratna Retreat Centre in the Spanish mountains, 12 men from around the world were ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order. Here are photos of the men with their Public Preceptors - Maitreyabandhu, Satyaraja and Moksananda.
By Vidyatara on Thu, 29 Jan, 2015 - 09:47Addressing the December 2014 UK and Ireland Women’s Area Order Weekend at Adhisthana UK Public Preceptor Dhammadinna explores Bhante’s definition of the Order as ‘the community of my disciples and the disciples of my disciples and the disciples of my disciples’ disciples and so on.’ (What is the Western Buddhist Order?, 2009).
By Munisha on Sat, 29 Nov, 2014 - 21:54With sadness we report the death from cancer of Dharmacharini Vajragita, who died very peacefully at home in Amsterdam at around 18.00 local time today, in the company of her community. She was 76 years old.
Vajragita was ordained by Sangharakshita in 1981 in Seaford, Sussex, UK. Her yidam was Padmasambhava. A founder member of the sangha in the Netherlands, she lived and worked at Taraloka (UK) for several years. She recently became a Public preceptor.
On 20 September 2014 at the Dharmagiri Retreat Centre in Sweden, Viriyavasin was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order by Public Preceptor Satyaraja. This public Ordination followed the first Ordination Retreat held in Sweden.
On 25 August 2014 on the first day of the Women’s European Convention at Adhisthana Mokshapushpa was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order by Public Preceptor Parami. This was the first Public Ordination to be held at Adhisthana.
The Chair of the Preceptors’ College is elected by the College every five years. Dhammarati will come to the end of his second term in August 2015 and Saddhaloka is expected to take up the position in the first half of next year. Saddhaloka is currently based in Padmaloka as part of the men’s ordination...