European Chairs' Assembly
European Chairs' Assembly

European Triratna's Safeguarding rollout well under way

By Munisha on Sun, 15 Jan, 2017 - 15:35

European Triratna's Safeguarding rollout well under way

By Munisha on Sun, 15 Jan, 2017 - 15:35

At the end of this month’s gathering of Triratna’s European Chairs, there was a show of hands to establish how many centres now had Safeguarding officers and policies for the protection of children and “vulnerable adults”.

Of Triratna’s 35 urban centres and retreat centres in Britain, Ireland and the rest of Europe, 30 had Safeguarding officers and had adopted safeguarding policies, or were in process of doing so.

This is an extremely good rate of progress. We began talking...

Triratna International Council
Triratna International Council

Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults 2016

By Munisha on Tue, 13 Sep, 2016 - 07:34

Ensuring the sexual, physical and psychological safety of young people and vulnerable adults is an expression of the First Precept: avoiding causing harm; cultivating loving kindness.

Mindful of their responsibilities in this area, over the last four years Triratna’s European Chairs’ Assembly has been developing its model policies for the protection of children and ‘vulnerable adults’, sent to every Triratna Centre and enterprise in Europe, and also shared with Triratna Centres around the world.

The 2016 versions were presented to the meeting of the International Council in August and...

Triratna International Council
Triratna International Council

Triratna model ethical guidelines

By Munisha on Mon, 12 Sep, 2016 - 21:13

Updated March 8th 2017 to add a translation into French.

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Here are the model ethical guidelines for Triratna centres and enterprises worldwide, which were presented at the International Council and European Chairs’ Assembly in August and September.

As ‘model’ documents, they are a suggested form of words which may be adopted just as they are, adapted or translated into other languages.

They have been published along with the latest version of Triratna’s model documents for safeguarding children and vulnerable adults.

Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

A rich, full week at the European Chairs' Assembly

By Munisha on Sun, 4 Sep, 2016 - 17:42

A rich, full week at the European Chairs' Assembly

By Munisha on Sun, 4 Sep, 2016 - 17:42

Triratna’s European Chairs’ Assembly (ECA) and their guests have been meeting at Adhisthana since last Monday. They have spent the week creatively and very harmoniously, considering a number of matters to do with the future flourishing of Triratna.

Today we heard about the forthcoming publication of the first volume of Sangharakshita’s Complete Works – in English. Considering that just 5% of the world’s 70 million people are native English-speakers, we also heard of the work of the new,...

European Chairs' Assembly
European Chairs' Assembly

Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults 2016

By Munisha on Sat, 3 Sep, 2016 - 22:22

Ensuring the sexual, physical and psychological safety of young people and vulnerable adults is an expression of the First Precept: avoiding causing harm; cultivating loving kindness.

Mindful of their responsibilities in this area, over the last four years the European Chairs’ Assembly (ECA) has been developing its model policies for the protection of children and ‘vulnerable adults’, sent to every Triratna Centre and enterprise in Europe, and also shared with Triratna Centres around the world.

The 2016 versions were presented to the meeting of Triratna’s International Council in August and the...

Triratna International Council
Triratna International Council

Harmony and Conflict Resolution - Day 5 Summary

By Jnanadhara on Sun, 7 Aug, 2016 - 12:25

Jnanadhara and Dassini interviewing Munisha about a day framed by the idea of a community founded on the ideal of harmony between living beings. The nuts and bolts of that is moving towards finding a flexible commonality of approach to community and can often involve conflict resolution. We hear about initiatives and success stories in both these areas, as well as important safeguarding work going on at Triratna Centres around the world. 

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Triratna International Council
Triratna International Council

Day five at the International Council 2016

By Munisha on Sat, 6 Aug, 2016 - 23:10

Day five at the International Council 2016

By Munisha on Sat, 6 Aug, 2016 - 23:10

International Council members woke today to the best kind of lush, golden Herefordshire summer morning: pigeons cooing; deep green oak trees in full leaf.

The day was devoted to the theme of conflict resolution and related matters. Dhammarati presented the document “What is a Triratna Buddhist Centre?” As the result of the Council’s first-ever worldwide consultation, this is a landmark.

Saddhaloka introduced new draft model ethical guidelines for the Order and Munisha introduced the latest version of the model ‘Safeguarding’ documents regarding the protection...

Triratna News
Triratna News

Triratna: safeguarding children and vulnerable adults

By Munisha on Fri, 15 Apr, 2016 - 23:26

Triratna: safeguarding children and vulnerable adults

By Munisha on Fri, 15 Apr, 2016 - 23:26

“Ensuring the sexual, physical and psychological safety of young people and vulnerable adults involved in the activities of Triratna Buddhist Centres and other enterprises is an expression of the First Precept: the principle of non-harming, or love.”

So opens Triratna’s ‘Child protection general advice’ document for centres and enterprises in Europe, the introduction to a set of model policies developed over the last three years to help Triratna’s European Chairs meet their ethical and legal responsibilities to safeguard children and ‘vulnerable adults’.
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European Chairs' Assembly
European Chairs' Assembly

Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults 2015

By Munisha on Thu, 15 Oct, 2015 - 09:26

*Post updated 14th April 2016*

Ensuring the sexual, physical and psychological safety of young people and vulnerable adults is an expression of the first of the Five Precepts: avoiding causing harm; cultivating loving kindness.

Mindful of their responsibilities in this area, Triratna’s European Chairs’ Assembly recently issued a set of model child protection policies, sent to every Triratna Centre and enterprise in Europe, and also shared with Triratna Centres around the world.

Every Triratna Centre is legally independent, responsible for its own policies. Therefore, these model policies may be adapted...

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