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Dharmabyte: Forging a Chain All the Time

By Zac on Thu, 8 Sep, 2022 - 06:00

Punyamala illustrates the nature of the fetters - habit, superficiality and vagueness - and gives clear, practical guidance, in a gently encouraging way, about how to weaken the fetters and develop spiritually. 
From the talk From Enchantment to True Delight - Reflections On Stream Entry given at the Triratna (Western) Buddhist Order Convention, 2009.

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College of Public Preceptors
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Chairs' Letter – July 2022

By ratnadharini on Sun, 31 Jul, 2022 - 23:49

Chairs' Letter – July 2022

By ratnadharini on Sun, 31 Jul, 2022 - 23:49

Dear Order Members and Friends,

This month we hear from two of my deputy-chairs, Punyamala and Jnanavaca, who have recently arrived back from leading Ordination courses at Akashavana and Guhyaloka.

With metta,
Ratnadharini

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From Punyamala:

It has been my great good fortune to spend the last 11 weeks at Akashavana, the forest retreat of luminous space, leading an international ordination retreat during which 18 women entered the Order.

It feels foolhardy to attempt...

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FBA Podcast: 'Love Is Proved In the Letting Go'

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 20 Nov, 2021 - 06:00

A personal talk where Punyamala shares her reflections on impermanence, particularly in the context of family life. Weaving in poetry and real life examples, Punyamala looks at the question of how to stay open in the midst of impermanence and death, without falling into despondency. Punyamala describes how she has sought to live a meaningful life, fully open to reality.

This talk was given on an ordination training retreat at Tiratanaloka Retreat Centre, 2019.

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Chairs' Letter – July 2021

By punyamala on Sat, 31 Jul, 2021 - 14:25

Chairs' Letter – July 2021

By punyamala on Sat, 31 Jul, 2021 - 14:25

Dear Order Members and friends,

Ratnadharini has been encouraging the College deputies to write this monthly letter occasionally, so I agreed to take the plunge this month!

July started with an international, online weekend meeting of the College. Since I became a public preceptor in 2015 the College has met twice a year in March and November so it is a new development to meet in the summer. The meeting worked well and I appreciated connecting with the other public preceptors. Due to the...

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Dharmabyte: What is Truly Beautiful

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 17 Dec, 2020 - 06:00

Punyamala describes the path of beauty and how we can move from contemplating mundane beauty to the beauty of the enlightened state and in so doing she leads us into an experience of beauty.

From the talk entitled ‘In Beauty May I Walk’ - Beauty As the Fourth Laksana given during the Women’s Area Order Weekend at Adhisthana, December 2019.

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Walking to the Seat of Awakening – Countdown to #buddhaday – 4 days to go...

By akasajoti on Tue, 5 May, 2020 - 22:44

Walking to the Seat of Awakening – Countdown to #buddhaday – 4 days to go...

By akasajoti on Tue, 5 May, 2020 - 22:44

As a special treat for you all this week as we countdown to #buddhaday we will be releasing a series of dharma reflections and evocations of the Buddha over the coming days…⠀

In a conversation between friends, Punyamala speaks to Ratnavuha about her inspiration from some verses contained within the Lalitavistara Sutra which describe the Buddha as he walks to the seat of enlightenment. Together, they explore the image and significance of walking, and how this story draws out the timeless...

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FBA Podcast: Impermanence of This Body

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 25 Jan, 2020 - 14:00

Punyamala explores the Buddhist teachings of impermanence and shares reflections on how to live with the fact of death, using her recent experience of death.

This is the Second in a series of four talks given on the four reminders given at Taraloka Retreat Centre called Reflection: A Path of Wisdom.

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Ordinations at Adhisthana, UK

By Munisha on Tue, 22 Dec, 2015 - 10:34

Ordinations at Adhisthana, UK

By Munisha on Tue, 22 Dec, 2015 - 10:34

We are delighted to report the public ordinations of six more women at Adhisthana, UK, on Saturday 19th December 2015.

Public preceptor Parami
Sue Bower becomes Karunabala: a Sanskrit name meaning “One whose strength is from compassion”. (Dot under the ’n’, long second ‘a’.) Westernised spelling Karunabala.
Private preceptor Padmavajri

Sioned Wynn becomes Prabhakari: a Sanskrit name meaning “She who illumines”. (Long second ‘a’, long ‘i’). Westernised spelling Prabhakari.
Private preceptor Dhammadinna

Nicki Cowburn becomes Varasakhi: a Sanskrit name meaning “Noble friend or companion”. (Long  ‘i’)...

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College of Public Preceptors

Six Ordinations at Adhisthana December 2015

By Saccanama on Mon, 21 Dec, 2015 - 10:12

Six Ordinations at Adhisthana December 2015

By Saccanama on Mon, 21 Dec, 2015 - 10:12

On Saturday 19th December 2015, six women were publicly ordained at Adhisthana.

In the photo, left to right back row - Karunabala, Dharmasetu, Prabhakari, Dayakarini. Front row - Varasakhi, Parami, Punyamala, Mokshadipa.

Public Preceptor Parami:

Sue Bower becomes Karunabala: a Sanskrit name meaning “One whose Strength is from Compassion”. (dot under the ’n’, long second ‘a’.)...

College of Public Preceptors
College of Public Preceptors

Punyamala shares her reflections on conducting her first public ordination

By Saccanama on Sun, 15 Nov, 2015 - 10:51

In conversation with Saccanama, Punyamala shares her reflections on conducting her first public ordination at Akashavana in September this year, particularly high-lighting its significance for the Sangha jewel.

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