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Addressing Ethical Issues in Triratna

By Centre Team on Thu, 24 Sep, 2020 - 11:38

Addressing Ethical Issues in Triratna

By Centre Team on Thu, 24 Sep, 2020 - 11:38

For many years, ethical issues from Triratna’s past have affected the individuals who were involved and the Triratna Buddhist Order and Community as a whole, and a number of people have come forward with accounts of the suffering they experienced within Triratna. Some of these issues involved the sexual behaviour of Sangharakshita, Triratna’s founder.

The Adhisthana Kula arose from a wish to acknowledge openly and respond effectively to these issues. The members of the Kula worked together over the...

Triratna Safeguarding
Triratna Safeguarding

Webinar: Safeguarding training for trustees (England and Wales)

By ECA Safeguarding on Fri, 18 Sep, 2020 - 12:54

Webinar: Safeguarding training for trustees (England and Wales)

By ECA Safeguarding on Fri, 18 Sep, 2020 - 12:54

Trustees of charities in the UK are held legally and morally responsible for Safeguarding their charities’ beneficiaries from harm in the course of their charities’ activities.

Triratna trustees may be interested in these dates (September 2020-February 2021) for online trustee training from Thirtyone:eight, who specialise in Safeguarding for faith organisations. This training will refer to the law and Charity Commission regulations in England and Wales.

Webinar: Safeguarding for Trustees

The Safeguarding team will be happy to have feedback from anyone attending these webinars.

Munisha
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Triratna Safeguarding
Triratna Safeguarding

The Adhisthana Kula Report: Addressing Ethical Issues in Triratna

By ECA Safeguarding on Wed, 16 Sep, 2020 - 08:33

The Adhisthana Kula Report: Addressing Ethical Issues in Triratna

By ECA Safeguarding on Wed, 16 Sep, 2020 - 08:33

Triratna’s Adhisthana Kula published yesterday a public report on its work 2017-2019 to address ethical (and other) concerns in Triratna’s past.

Read the report.

The Adhisthana Kula, so named simply because it met at Triratna’s main centre, Adhisthana, was a group of seven women and men, senior Order members who volunteered to meet over many months and years to identify and address the matters of concern. As they say in their report:

“It is not our job to...

Adhisthana Kula
Adhisthana Kula

Notice of the Adhisthana Kula Report: Addressing Ethical Issues in Triratna

By ratnadharini on Tue, 15 Sep, 2020 - 21:57

Notice of the Adhisthana Kula Report: Addressing Ethical Issues in Triratna

By ratnadharini on Tue, 15 Sep, 2020 - 21:57

The Adhisthana Kula arose from a wish to acknowledge openly and respond effectively to issues from Triratna’s past. The members of the Kula worked together over the course of nearly four years to review historical difficulties in our community and find ways to address their lasting consequences. Towards the end of 2019, we published an update on the Adhisthana Kula webspace, stating an intention to summarise the work, making it clear what had been done so far and outlining next steps. It was a complex...

Triratna Safeguarding
Triratna Safeguarding

Triratna Model Safeguarding policies and Ethical Guidelines 2020

By ECA Safeguarding on Wed, 24 Jun, 2020 - 17:16

Here are Triratna’s model Ethical guidelines and policies for Safeguarding children and adults, updated for 2020 by Triratna’s ECA Safeguarding team.

(See below for more information on Safeguarding, the Safeguarding team, the Ethics Kula and the difference between Safeguarding matters and Matters of Order conduct.)

Safeguarding and ethical policies and procedures are a practical expression of ahimsa, non-harming, the value underlying Buddhist precepts and the Bodhisattva activity of protecting living beings from harm.

The model Ethical guidelines (first published in 2015 on the initiative of Triratna’s International...

Triratna Safeguarding
Triratna Safeguarding

Why is Triratna's Safeguarding internal?

By ECA Safeguarding on Thu, 18 Jun, 2020 - 12:07

Why is Triratna's Safeguarding internal?

By ECA Safeguarding on Thu, 18 Jun, 2020 - 12:07

Safeguarding for Triratna charities is internally managed but externally accountable. The Charity Commission (England and Wales) and Scottish Charity Regulator require charity trustees to take internal measures to prevent and address harm in the course of their own activities. Where they are found to have failed in their duties they will be held externally accountable to those regulators, the police and the law.

Since responsibility and authority always go together, only trustees have the authority to implement Safeguarding policies...

Triratna Safeguarding
Triratna Safeguarding

The Safeguarding team's enquiries into concerns about Sangharakshita and sex

By ECA Safeguarding on Thu, 18 Jun, 2020 - 11:31

The Safeguarding team's enquiries into concerns about Sangharakshita and sex

By ECA Safeguarding on Thu, 18 Jun, 2020 - 11:31

In early 2018 (in collaboration with members of the Adhisthana Kula) the ECA’s Safeguarding team looked in detail into concerns that a number of men had been told to share Sangharakshita’s bed with him in the 1980s. The following is the text we wrote which forms part of the Triratna Controversy FAQ

In 2003 a then Order member published an account of how, in the early 1980s, he attended an Order weekend at Padmaloka and found himself allocated

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Triratna Safeguarding
Triratna Safeguarding

Triratna contributes to UK public inquiry into child sexual abuse in public institutions

By ECA Safeguarding on Wed, 17 Jun, 2020 - 16:21

Triratna contributes to UK public inquiry into child sexual abuse in public institutions

By ECA Safeguarding on Wed, 17 Jun, 2020 - 16:21

On Thursday 21st May 2020 Munisha appeared as a witness at a public inquiry relating to child sexual abuse in England and Wales, speaking about child protection, and Safeguarding more generally in Triratna, from her experience as the Safeguarding officer employed by the European Chairs’ Assembly to support Triratna centres’ Safeguarding officers with policies and advice.

Please note: this was not an investigation and Munisha was not called because of concerns about a risk of harm to children in Triratna.

The interview took place in two parts,...

Triratna Resources
Triratna Resources

Safeguarding and Coronavirus: teaching online with adults and with children

By Munisha on Wed, 22 Apr, 2020 - 13:49

Triratna Buddhist Order and Community
Covid-19: Safeguarding adults and children

Updated advice 21st April 2020

Formal Safeguarding requirements

1. Safeguarding in online teaching with adults
where most of the participants are unknown to each other and the team

  • Avoid pairs
    In classes and activities where most of the participants are unknown to each other and the team, avoid dividing people up into pairs. Put people in groups of at least three instead. If a teenager happens to take part in a class intended for adults
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European Chairs' Assembly
European Chairs' Assembly

Triratna Model Safeguarding policies and Ethical Guidelines 2020

By Munisha on Tue, 7 Apr, 2020 - 15:51

Triratna Model Safeguarding policies and Ethical Guidelines 2020

By Munisha on Tue, 7 Apr, 2020 - 15:51

Members of Triratna’s European Chairs’ Assembly (ECA: the Chairs of Triratna centres, retreat centres and other initiatives in Europe) take seriously their responsibility to protect children and adults from harm in the course of Triratna activities.

The ECA employs an overall Safeguarding officer, Munisha, who works with the Safeguarding Adviser, Amaladipa, who is very senior in the criminal justice system in the UK.

Triratna has model Safeguarding policies and ethical guidelines, updated every year. 
Read about the 2020 documents and find...

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