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European Chairs' Assembly
European Chairs' Assembly

European Triratna Chairs Assembly Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection Policies

Posted by Nandavajra to European Chairs' Assembly on Wed, 26 Jul, 2017 - 14:44

European Triratna Chairs Assembly Child Protection and Vulnerable Adult Protection Policies and Guideline

These are  the European Triratna Chairs Assembly (registered charity no. 1117287):

  • Child protection code of conduct
  • Child protection policy
  • Vulnerable adult protection policy and guidelines
European Chairs' Assembly
European Chairs' Assembly

Day 8 report from the ECA summer meeting

Posted by Munisha to European Chairs' Assembly on Tue, 25 Jul, 2017 - 15:32

Day 8 report from the ECA summer meeting

Posted by Munisha to European Chairs' Assembly on Tue, 25 Jul, 2017 - 15:32

Here in Suffolk, UK, days come and go, the rain pours down, the duck family continues to parade around (see previous report), and the Chairs are still meditating, doing puja, chatting, walking and listening to presentations and small groups.

They’ve looked at the work of Triratna’s Translations Board; members of the College and Adhisthana Kula have visited to explain the work they’re doing to address painful aspects of Triratna’s past; and the ECA’s Safeguarding officer, Munisha, has...

Triratna News
Triratna News

Triratna's European Chairs assemble for summer meeting

Posted by Munisha to Triratna News on Thu, 20 Jul, 2017 - 17:23

Triratna's European Chairs assemble for summer meeting

Posted by Munisha to Triratna News on Thu, 20 Jul, 2017 - 17:23

For the next week, the extraordinary, redeveloped Vajrasana Retreat Centre in Suffolk plays host to Triratna’s European Chairs’ Assembly. Sixty leaders of European Buddhist centres and enterprises, including retreat centres, are gathered here, with guests from further afield (and a family of ducks), for meditation, ritual, discussion and business, all in the context of spiritual friendship.

See more pictures and follow the meeting over on the ECA’s own space.

The ECA is a very long established and well run...

Adhisthana Kula
Adhisthana Kula

Triratna: Safeguarding with sincerity and integrity

Posted by ratnadharini to Adhisthana Kula on Mon, 19 Jun, 2017 - 20:06

Triratna: Safeguarding with sincerity and integrity

Posted by ratnadharini to Adhisthana Kula on Mon, 19 Jun, 2017 - 20:06

Triratna: Safeguarding with sincerity and integrity

from Munisha, European Safeguarding officer, Triratna

Dear Friends, 

I’m sure, like me, you want to be absolutely sure Triratna is doing its Safeguarding properly, with sincerity and integrity. Over the last nine months I’ve read online much doubt and criticism in this area so I’d like to tell you about this work, so that you can decide for yourself.

I have been developing central Safeguarding policy for Triratna since 2013 and I’d like to reassure you that I am absolutely serious about this work: my family suffered for many years...

Triratna News
Triratna News

The Observer interview: what I really said, by Munisha (Triratna Safeguarding officer)

Posted by Munisha to Triratna News on Thu, 2 Mar, 2017 - 17:34

The Observer interview: what I really said, by Munisha (Triratna Safeguarding officer)

Posted by Munisha to Triratna News on Thu, 2 Mar, 2017 - 17:34

As you may know, Triratna featured in the British newspaper The Observer on Sunday 19th February 2017, in an article referring to allegations of sexual misconduct in the FWBO in the 1970s and 80s.

As the person interviewed for the article, I thought I’d explain how this came about and what I actually said; in several places the article was misleading or quoted me inaccurately.

On 8th February a journalist emailed Adhisthana:

“Hi. I’m a journalist writing about what is going on within...

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...

Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

New Podcast: Safeguarding In The Triratna Buddhist Community

Posted by candradasa to Buddhist Centre Features on Sat, 18 Feb, 2017 - 14:52

Welcome to a new year of podcasts from The Buddhist Centre Online!

We’re delighted to welcome our first guest via Skype, Munisha, Triratna’s European Safeguarding Officer, to discuss some strong work in an ever-changing field of care. A fascinating look at what’s involved in contemporary safeguarding, how it relates to controversies of the past, and the challenges posed by the need to have an international approach in an online age. 

What comes across most clearly is Munisha’s deep sense of integrity and compassion. We...

Community Highlights
Community Highlights

Resources Around Historical Controversy In Triratna

Posted by Centre Team to Community Highlights on Thu, 16 Feb, 2017 - 20:01

Download archive updated 2nd May 2017 to include a German version of the Triratna Controversy FAQ.
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A number of friends have gotten in touch to ask where they can get easy access to resources around controversy arising from Triratna’s past, including responses to allegations of historical sexual misconduct and other issues that are still discussed at Buddhist Centres and online.

Here’s a survey of all relevant public information and spaces on this site. We also encourage everyone to ...

Mitra Support
Mitra Support

Resources Around Controversy In Triratna

Posted by candradasa to Mitra Support on Wed, 15 Feb, 2017 - 16:15

Updated 2nd May 2017 to include a German version of the Triratna Controversy FAQ.

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A number of Mitras have gotten in touch to ask where they can get easy access to resources around controversy arising from Triratna’s past, including responses to allegations of sexual misconduct and other issues that are still being discussed at Centres and online. Here’s a survey of all relevant public information and spaces on this site. We also encourage everyone to use the search facility too -...

Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

An Account of Croydon Buddhist Centre in the 1980s by Vishvapani

Posted by Vishvapani to Buddhist Centre Features on Thu, 9 Feb, 2017 - 17:48

An Account of Croydon Buddhist Centre in the 1980s by Vishvapani

Posted by Vishvapani to Buddhist Centre Features on Thu, 9 Feb, 2017 - 17:48

In the wake of recent testimony, I am re-posting here an article I wrote for Dharma Life magazine in 1998, which describes my experience at the Croydon Buddhist centre in the 1980s

In September 1997 The Guardian published a critical article about the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order (now called the Triratna Buddhist Community) – that included a long description of an FWBO centre that went wrong. It was ‘a cult’, I read, characterised by ‘collective...

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