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Fifty Years, Fifty Voices
Fifty Years, Fifty Voices

50 Years, 50 Voices: Karunadevi

By Candradasa on Thu, 24 May, 2018 - 15:00

…these issues that were very controversial, they didn’t make me want to run away. But they did make me wonder whether I could be a part of the Order.

Karunadevi’s Annals
In 1968 I had recently moved to the San Francisco Bay Area from Iowa with my husband. I was 24 years old, had graduated from Iowa State University in ’66 and was teaching 4th grade. California was a very different culture, especially around San Francisco, and I felt both overwhelmed and enthralled...

Buddhist Action
Buddhist Action

Social change in San Francisco

By Munisha on Mon, 19 Jun, 2017 - 09:01

Social change in San Francisco

By Munisha on Mon, 19 Jun, 2017 - 09:01

Over on Triratna News, there’s an nice video story of an American Buddhist working for social change: Vimalamoksha makes Tiny Homes for those living on the street in San Francisco. Video by Prasadachitta.

Triratna News
Triratna News

'Tiny homes' for San Francisco's homeless

By Munisha on Sun, 18 Jun, 2017 - 23:49

'Tiny homes' for San Francisco's homeless

By Munisha on Sun, 18 Jun, 2017 - 23:49

It’s 50 years since San Francisco’s ‘Summer of Love’, and with Buddhist Action Month in full swing across many countries, it’s a great moment to celebrate American Order member Vimalamoksha and his Tiny Homes Project, making innovative small wooden mobile homes for those living on the streets of San Francisco. Video by Prasadachitta.

Read more about the Tiny Homes Project.
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Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

Buddhist Voices - Danadasa & Prasadachitta on San Francisco, Consciousness, and Friendship

By Candradasa on Wed, 28 Oct, 2015 - 22:53

We continue to celebrate the diversity of those attending the 2015 Triratna Buddhist Order Pan-American Convention in Mexico with two close friends from San Francisco. The theme of the Convention is friendship itself as a whole path of practice, and this is a pleasing ramble with two Californians taking in topics as diverse as the tech boom in San Francisco, the nature of interpretative understanding, and how beautiful it is to sit in a garden as part of a Buddhist...

Triratna News
Triratna News

Dharmacharini Anagarika Suvarnaprabha 1963-2013

By Munisha on Wed, 9 Oct, 2013 - 13:24

Dharmacharini Anagarika Suvarnaprabha 1963-2013

By Munisha on Wed, 9 Oct, 2013 - 13:24It was with great sadness that we learned of the death from cancer of Dharmacharini Suvarnaprabha in San Francisco, on Tuesday 24th September.

Suvarnaprabha died at home at 4.40pm, in the company of her three sisters and her friends Julie and Padmatara. She was buried on the afternoon of Friday, 27th September in a green cemetery on a hill in Marin County.

Suvarnaprabha was ordained in October 2001, with Sanghadevi as both private and public preceptor. The practice...
San Francisco Buddhist Center
San Francisco Buddhist Center

Suvarnaprabha's Burial At Fernwood

By Dayamudra on Sat, 28 Sep, 2013 - 13:55

Suvarnaprabha's Burial At Fernwood

By Dayamudra on Sat, 28 Sep, 2013 - 13:55
It was a golden radiant day on that hillside. The children’s voices from the playground rang up from the valley and the canopy of eucalyptus shimmered in the breeze. After we shoveled the dirt and laid down our flowers 5 hawks circled above in the dazzling blue sky, then each flew off in a different direction. Driving home the bay sparkled. Golden. Radiant.
Triratna News
Triratna News

Three Ordinations in San Francisco

By lokabandhu on Fri, 26 Jul, 2013 - 05:54

Three Ordinations in San Francisco

By lokabandhu on Fri, 26 Jul, 2013 - 05:54Karunadevi writes with news of three ordinations in San Francisco, saying - “I am very happy to inform you that on Sunday July 21 2013, in a ceremony at the San Francisco Buddhist Center, Nancy Anding, Vicki Oyadamari, and Elaine Ward were publicly ordained.

Nancy is now Shunyamala (Sanskrit) meaning “Garlanded with Shunyata”.
Vicki is now Manidha (Sanskrit, first a is short, short i, and last a is long) meaning “Holder of the Jewel”.
Elaine is now...
Community Highlights
Community Highlights

Triratna America - Total Immersion in California

By Viveka on Mon, 17 Jun, 2013 - 16:02

Triratna America - Total Immersion in California

By Viveka on Mon, 17 Jun, 2013 - 16:02One week from today, I’ll be packing my car and driving with Tejananda 1.5 hours south to the Santa Cruz Mountains to lead a one-month Total Immersion silent meditation retreat. 35 Order members and Mitras are ‘going forth’ from their daily lives in the US, Mexico, UK, Spain, Japan. For one month we will live as a close-knit community of the Buddha’s disciples. Our abode will be among redwood trees, mountain ridges with glimpses...
Community Highlights
Community Highlights

Suvarnaprabha: The Book of Rejoicings - A Call for Contributions

By Candradasa on Fri, 29 Mar, 2013 - 14:42

Suvarnaprabha: The Book of Rejoicings - A Call for Contributions

By Candradasa on Fri, 29 Mar, 2013 - 14:42Our friend Suvarnaprabha from San Francisco has been writing the most amazing blog about living with cancer. We’re hoping to feature more from it – and from her – here on The Buddhist Centre Online this year - and we’ll keep you posted about the book she’s working on around her experiences since the diagnosis. Now Varada writes from Missoula, Montana, in the US to ask for submissions for a ‘Book of Rejoicings’ she and...
Triratna News
Triratna News

New Triratna Retreat Center in Northern California

By lokabandhu on Mon, 26 Nov, 2012 - 07:05

New Triratna Retreat Center in Northern California

By lokabandhu on Mon, 26 Nov, 2012 - 07:05Triratna’s San Francisco Buddhist Center Sangha have been in touch with news of their progress towards a new Triratna Retreat Centre, currently emerging in the mountains of Northern California. They write -

Dear Friends: Our vision is to create a simple place for people to continue to go forth into the forest, and to go for refuge to Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. As the Buddha says in the Anapanasati Sutta - “The meditator, having gone to the...

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