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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...

Triratna Jobs, Volunteering and Communities
Triratna Jobs, Volunteering and Communities

New Safeguarding officer sought for Triratna’s European Chairs’ Assembly

Posted by Nandavajra to Triratna Jobs, Volunteering and Communities on Wed, 25 Jan, 2017 - 14:49

Triratna’s European Chairs’ Assembly seeks new Safeguarding officer

We are looking for an Order member to carry on the development of Safeguarding policy and practice begun by Munisha in 2013.

This is an opportunity to join a happy and successful team, and to play an extremely helpful role in the life of Triratna: you will work as an extension of the European Chairs’ Assembly’s Development team, under the team leadership of Nandavajra and supported by Munisha. Ensuring co-ordination across Triratna, you will...

Triratna News
Triratna News

Winter meeting of Triratna's European Chairs' Assembly

Posted by Munisha to Triratna News on Thu, 19 Jan, 2017 - 15:04

Winter meeting of Triratna's European Chairs' Assembly

Posted by Munisha to Triratna News on Thu, 19 Jan, 2017 - 15:04

This winter’s gathering of Triratna’s European Chairs’ Assembly ended last week at Adhisthana and was unusually large, with around 60 participants. This partly reflects a changeover in Chairs in around 15 centres and enterprises, the old and new Chairs attending together.

The topic this time was leadership, explored through a series of presentations and workshops. Listen to short interviews on this topic.

The Chairs also heard about the work done by the College, Bhante and Triratna’s communications...

Triratna News
Triratna News

A letter from Triratna's College of Preceptors

Posted by Munisha to Triratna News on Thu, 19 Jan, 2017 - 13:51

A letter from Triratna's College of Preceptors

Posted by Munisha to Triratna News on Thu, 19 Jan, 2017 - 13:51

Endorsing a Personal statement from SangharakshitaTriratna’s College of preceptors have released this letter, sent to all Order members on 15th January.

“Dear brothers and sisters in the Order,

On 31st December 2016 Bhante released a personal statement to all Order members via the Order Information Service. I am speaking on behalf of all Public Preceptors when I say how glad we are that Bhante has felt able to make this statement and how much we welcome the confessional nature of the contents. I believe...

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