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Adhisthana Kula
Adhisthana Kula

Reviewing the Past - meeting notes

Posted by vajrapriya to Adhisthana Kula on Wed, 26 Jul, 2017 - 17:18

Lokeshvara recently announced a meeting to begin talking about the process of “Reviewing the Past” (as announced in this post).

15 people attended this meeting at Adhisthana on 16th July 2017. Some rough notes have been attached here.

With metta

Vajrapriya, International Order Office Team.

Adhisthana Kula
Adhisthana Kula

A Reconciliation Process

Posted by lokeshvara to Adhisthana Kula on Thu, 13 Apr, 2017 - 14:37

A Reconciliation Process

Posted by lokeshvara to Adhisthana Kula on Thu, 13 Apr, 2017 - 14:37

From the outside Triratna can look like a homogenous organisation, but from within for much of our history it’s looked more anarchic and un-systematic, relying on personal connections with each project or centre financially and legally independent.  This has had many advantages but one significant disadvantage is that when relations have broken down there haven’t always been sufficient formal or consistent ways of acknowledging and repairing harm or restoring connection.

We place a high value on friendship in our community.  One of...

The College of Public Preceptors
The College of Public Preceptors

Parami, Lokeshvara and Saddhaloka In Conversation

Posted by parami to The College of Public Preceptors on Sat, 18 Mar, 2017 - 15:08

A new podcast from some members of the Adhisthana Kula as they come to the end of a 10-day meeting of the College. 

A great little summary of some of the more general issues discussed, including those arising from historical controversies in Triratna (formerly the FWBO). We get a little taster of other conversations to come - with news of new media, and of prospective reconciliation possibilities within the wider community.

What emerges is a picture of the College at a...

Adhisthana Kula
Adhisthana Kula

Parami, Lokeshvara and Saddhaloka In Conversation

Posted by parami to Adhisthana Kula on Sat, 18 Mar, 2017 - 15:01

A new podcast from some members of the Adhisthana Kula as they come to the end of a 10-day meeting of the College of Public Preceptors - the body responsible for maintaining the integrity and spirit of the Triratna Buddhist Order. 

A great little summary of some of the more general issues discussed, including those arising from historical controversies. We get a little taster of other conversations to come - with news of new media, and of prospective reconciliation possibilities within...

Adhisthana Kula
Adhisthana Kula

'Opening Up The Thatch' - Parami In Conversation with Tejananda

Posted by parami to Adhisthana Kula on Thu, 9 Mar, 2017 - 18:14

'Opening Up The Thatch' - Parami In Conversation with Tejananda

Posted by parami to Adhisthana Kula on Thu, 9 Mar, 2017 - 18:14

Some time ago, Tejananda wrote a piece entitled ‘Opening up the Thatch’. In this, he thoughtfully suggests that we need “an open and compassionate discussion” on the issues raised by allegations around historical controversy in Triratna, re-made in a recent short regional TV programme in the UK.

Amongst other points, Tejananda wondered if it would be helpful to engage in some form of ‘truth and reconciliation’ process. Recently, he visited Adhisthana and met with...

Adhisthana Kula
Adhisthana Kula

A Conversation With The Adhisthana Kula

Posted by Centre Team to Adhisthana Kula on Tue, 28 Feb, 2017 - 21:49

The Adhisthana Kula is a new group made up of some of the most experienced members of the Triratna Buddhist Order, meeting together to help the community find lasting reconciliation in the face of renewed interest in historical controversies and some of the issues arising from them.

We hear Dhammarati, Lokeshvara, Mahamati, Parami, Ratnadharini and Saddhaloka share thoughtful perspectives on the work ahead, considering what is required to meet any suffering involved, to promote good communication around difficulties, and to encourage confidence...

Triratna News
Triratna News

Responding To Triratna Controversy

Posted by Centre Team to Triratna News on Sat, 18 Feb, 2017 - 22:31

Responding To Triratna Controversy

Posted by Centre Team to Triratna News on Sat, 18 Feb, 2017 - 22:31

Many of our readers and friends will be aware that over the years Triratna has periodically needed to revisit troubling issues relating to events in our past. These derive in part from allegations of sexual misconduct by our founder, Sangharakshita, in his relations with a number of adults in the 1970s and ’80s. You can read about the general background here: Our Development & Values

At present there is a renewal of interest in these matters at Triratna Centres...