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Buddhist Action Month 2015
Buddhist Action Month 2015

Taraloka environmental retreat for women, 12th-19th June

By Munisha on Sun, 26 Apr, 2015 - 20:32

Taraloka environmental retreat for women, 12th-19th June

By Munisha on Sun, 26 Apr, 2015 - 20:32

Sahajatara writes: “We’re running a retreat on the theme of the environment at Taraloka Retreat Centre for Women, UK, 12th-19th June: “Transforming self and world / Tara and the tears of Avalokiteshvara”.

The reatreat is led by Varabhadri (Buddhafield), Subhachitta (Eco Dharma), Santicitta and me and there are still plenty of spaces!

We will explore ethics for the 21st century in the context of the myth of Tara, who arises from Avalokiteshvara’s tears to go to the aid of all...

Triratna News
Triratna News

Ordinations at Taraloka, UK

By Munisha on Sat, 20 Dec, 2014 - 20:31

Ordinations at Taraloka, UK

By Munisha on Sat, 20 Dec, 2014 - 20:31The following women were publicly ordained at Taraloka Retreat Centre, UK today, Saturday 20th December 2014. The ceremony was attended by around 80 people: friends, family and local sangha.

Public preceptor Parami
Rachael North becomes Amaladhi, a Sanskrit name meaning ‘She of stainless (pure) wisdom’ (long ‘i’).
Private preceptor: Padmavajri

Erika Mansnerus becomes Dharmaprabha, a Sanskrit name meaning ‘She whose light is the Dharma’ (long final ‘a’).
Private preceptor: Muditasri

Jenny Franks becomes Saranasiri, a Pali...
Triratna News
Triratna News

Death of Vajragita

By Munisha on Sat, 29 Nov, 2014 - 21:54

Death of Vajragita

By Munisha on Sat, 29 Nov, 2014 - 21:54With sadness we report the death from cancer of Dharmacharini Vajragita, who died very peacefully at home in Amsterdam at around 18.00 local time today, in the company of her community. She was 76 years old.

Vajragita was ordained by Sangharakshita in 1981 in Seaford, Sussex, UK. Her yidam was Padmasambhava. A founder member of the sangha in the Netherlands, she lived and worked at Taraloka (UK) for several years. She recently became a Public preceptor.

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Triratna News
Triratna News

New Chair for Taraloka

By Munisha on Tue, 25 Nov, 2014 - 18:52

New Chair for Taraloka

By Munisha on Tue, 25 Nov, 2014 - 18:52On 30th September, after 14 years as Chair of Taraloka Retreat Centre for Women in Shropshire, UK, Saddhanandi handed over to Samantabhadri. Saddhanandi leaves in early December to take up her new responsibilities at Adhisthana, in nearby Herefordshire. Samantabhadri will hold the position for two years while Taraloka awaits the arrival of a new, long-term Chair.

Samantabhadri writes, “The transition took place during Community Days at Taraloka, attended by the community, trustees and Dhammadassin,...
Community Highlights
Community Highlights

The resurrection of FWBO Newsreel 4

By Munisha on Wed, 16 Jul, 2014 - 15:15

The resurrection of FWBO Newsreel 4

By Munisha on Wed, 16 Jul, 2014 - 15:15Continuing the re-release of the old FWBO Newsreels from the 1990s, here is Newsreel 4, covering news from the FWBO and TBMSG from September 1992 to February 1993. (All the Newsreels are now on YouTube.) This video (55 mins) covers:
  • Glasgow Buddhist Centre, UK: Ink Print and Design, Windhorse Publications, a new women’s community, a fire and the gift of Dhanakosa Retreat Centre
  • FWBO Valencia, Spain
  • the Guhyaloka Vihara project, Spain
  • FWBO Helsinki’s new centre, Finland
  • a girls’ hostel and school in
  • ...
Community Highlights
Community Highlights

The Resurrection of FWBO Newsreel 2

By Munisha on Wed, 4 Jun, 2014 - 10:53

The Resurrection of FWBO Newsreel 2

By Munisha on Wed, 4 Jun, 2014 - 10:53Continuing our re-release of Clear Vision’s FWBO Newsreels from the 1990s, we bring you Newsreel 2 (55 mins) released in spring 1992, with reports on
  • the FWBO in Australia (Melbourne and Sydney)
  • Order conventions
  • the launch of Facing Mount Kanchenjunga
  • major changes at the Croydon Buddhist Centre
  • Kalyanavaca’s ordination at Taraloka, and
  • a special feature on Sangharakshita’s January tour of India

​Over 20 years ago, Clear Vision was founded by Mokshapriya to produce professional video for the FWBO, later to become Triratna. As well as videoing...
Triratna News
Triratna News

Ratnasuri leaves Taraloka after 29 years

By Munisha on Mon, 21 Apr, 2014 - 18:44

Ratnasuri leaves Taraloka after 29 years

By Munisha on Mon, 21 Apr, 2014 - 18:44Ratnasuri, founder member of the community at Taraloka retreat centre for women, UK, has moved out to begin a new life, living alone for almost the first time in her 91 years.

Saddhanandi writes: In 1985, in her 60s, Ratnasuri moved to the newly-bought Taraloka, along with Sanghadevi and the two mitras who became Karunasri and Kulanandi. As other women laboured to convert the farm buildings, she worked away to support them, cooking for entire retreats...
Taraloka Retreat Centre
Taraloka Retreat Centre

Ratnasuri Departs from Taraloka after 28 years

By Saddhanandi on Wed, 16 Apr, 2014 - 14:29

Ratnasuri Departs from Taraloka after 28 years

By Saddhanandi on Wed, 16 Apr, 2014 - 14:29Saddhanandi: Here I am, back at Taraloka after a two-week absence: visiting family, attending a two-day meeting on mindfulness at Adhisthana, and attending a meditation retreat at Rivendell. All these events were enjoyable and productive, but throughout I was very conscious of the fact that whilst I was away Ratnasuri was leaving Taraloka and beginning a new life in Wrexham – living alone for almost the first time in her 91 years.

Ratnasuri first moved to Taraloka in 1985...
Taraloka Retreat Centre
Taraloka Retreat Centre

Tonglen Retreat, Day 6, Being Present

By yashobodhi on Thu, 27 Mar, 2014 - 13:27
On the last full day of the Tonglen order retreat, Saddhanandi talks about being present as a ground for deepening understanding and as an incentive to deepen our motivation.

Download the talk on Free Buddhist Audio
Taraloka Retreat Centre
Taraloka Retreat Centre

Tonglen Retreat: Thursday

By Saddhanandi on Wed, 26 Mar, 2014 - 18:30

Tonglen Retreat: Thursday

By Saddhanandi on Wed, 26 Mar, 2014 - 18:30It’s hard to believe it’s the last full day of the retreat and that we’ll be coming out of silence very soon. It’s now a process of holding the retreat steady whilst we begin to meet the transition phase of ‘leaving’. Meanwhile, I’m trying to work out what I need to say at 11am.

I’ve been reflecting on an extract from one of Sangharakshita’s seminars: ‘A common misapprehension is to think of ‘Insight’ in abstract terms, but the ‘Truth...

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