European Chairs' Assembly
European Chairs' Assembly

Triratna Model Safeguarding Policies and Ethical Guidelines 2021

By ECA Safeguarding on Wed, 10 Mar, 2021 - 13:57

Triratna Model Safeguarding Policies and Ethical Guidelines 2021

By ECA Safeguarding on Wed, 10 Mar, 2021 - 13:57

The ECA’s Safeguarding team is happy to present the latest versions of Triratna’s Model Safeguarding Policies and Ethical Guidelines, updated for 2021.

See the policies and guidelines and read all about Safeguarding in Triratna on the dedicated Triratna Safeguarding page.

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...

Triratna News
Triratna News

Pride 2018 in the Dublin Buddhist Centre

By Sadayasihi on Fri, 21 Sep, 2018 - 17:14

Pride 2018 in the Dublin Buddhist Centre

By Sadayasihi on Fri, 21 Sep, 2018 - 17:14

To celebrate Dublin Pride 2018, and Buddhist Action Month (BAM), the Dublin Buddhist Centre hosted a special Pride celebration on the 25th June. Kasey Tobin, a GFR Mitra involved in the event gives us a flavour of the event.

“This event was facilitated by a number of us in the Dublin Sangha with LGBT+ experiences.  As LGBT+ people we have seen a lot of progress in securing our human rights in the last few...

Triratna News
Triratna News

First gender diverse retreat for Adhisthana and Triratna

By Munisha on Tue, 18 Oct, 2016 - 13:33

First gender diverse retreat for Adhisthana and Triratna

By Munisha on Tue, 18 Oct, 2016 - 13:33

13th-15th May this year saw Adhisthana host the first ever weekend retreat for Triratna’s gender diverse sangha. Kamalanandi was there. (Apologies for an email mixup which has delayed publication of his report.)

“The retreat was led by a team of four Order members, some of whom had been instrumental in establishing the Triratna Gender Diverse Buddhists’ Facebook group, from which this retreat emerged.

Our theme was “Mind body bardo” and we had a few short...

Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

European Chairs’ Assembly talks money and many languages

By Munisha on Tue, 6 Sep, 2016 - 19:04

European Chairs’ Assembly talks money and many languages

By Munisha on Tue, 6 Sep, 2016 - 19:04

Moving towards the end of their weeklong meeting at Adhisthana, the European Chairs offered puja books in many European languages in an international puja in which we recited the positive precepts in nine languages. You’ll find the international puja book collection on a new shelf at the back of the shrine room.

They also reviewed their finances (see below) and enjoyed a series of very short, spontaneous ‘pop-up’ talks on topics including:

Triratna International Council
Triratna International Council

Day Two at the International Council 2016

By Munisha on Wed, 3 Aug, 2016 - 22:44

Day Two at the International Council 2016

By Munisha on Wed, 3 Aug, 2016 - 22:44

Today was devoted to looking at our relationship with a suffering world and how we might meet its needs as a community.

The morning saw short but heartfelt talks from 
•    Akuppa (UK), on climate change and the effect it is already having, including its relationship to refugee crises;
•    Viveka (North America), on moving towards greater ethnic diversity in Triratna;
•    Yashosagar (India), on combatting poverty and discrimination, looking at the teachings of Dr Ambedkar.

All three...

Triratna News
Triratna News

Confessions of a Transvestite Buddhist

By Munisha on Sun, 3 Apr, 2016 - 23:40

Confessions of a Transvestite Buddhist

By Munisha on Sun, 3 Apr, 2016 - 23:40

Devamitra’s new book, Confessions of a Transvestite Buddhist: A Quest for Manhood was launched at the London Buddhist Centre (UK) on 18th March.

The book’s blurb asks, ”What drives a man to dress as a woman? What kind of man is a cross-dresser? Is he even a man at all, or is he something else? What exactly is a man, anyway? None of the explanations offered by psychologists, sociologists and others satisfied Devamitra… And they certainly provided no answers to the questions that troubled...

Community Highlights
Community Highlights

Rainbow highlights from The Buddhist Centre Online

By Munisha on Mon, 29 Jun, 2015 - 16:20

Rainbow highlights from The Buddhist Centre Online

By Munisha on Mon, 29 Jun, 2015 - 16:20

To mark Pride week(end) around the world, and Friday’s landmark announcement that the US Supreme Court has declared conservative states’ opposition to same-sex marriage unconstitutional, you may have noticed that The Buddhist Centre Online’s logo has spontaneously developed a joyful rainbow background!

America’s historic news came just before the weekend on which many cities traditionally celebrate LGBTQ Pride, around the anniversary of New York’s Stonewall Riots of 28th June 1969; often seen as the birth of the modern gay...

Triratna News
Triratna News

The “Triratna gender-diverse Buddhist group” on Facebook

By Munisha on Sun, 14 Jun, 2015 - 00:38

The “Triratna gender-diverse Buddhist group” on Facebook

By Munisha on Sun, 14 Jun, 2015 - 00:38

Triratna has many Facebook pages, personal and collective. Padmavyuha (UK) writes with news about one of the newest, with already nearly 90 members.

The Triratna gender-diverse Buddhist Facebook group  is “open to anyone who experiences or identifies themselves as (for example) trans, intersex, genderqueer, gender-questioning or genderless. It’s open to our allies too; anyone who wants to support us better.”

Padmavyuha continues, “The Triratna community is a very nourishing environment for many women and men practising the Dharma, but not everybody experiences themselves simply...

Triratna News
Triratna News

Form and emptiness: Triratna Stockholm holds first LGBTQ retreat

By Munisha on Sat, 13 Jun, 2015 - 19:02

Form and emptiness: Triratna Stockholm holds first LGBTQ retreat

By Munisha on Sat, 13 Jun, 2015 - 19:02

Vajradarshini is the new Chair of Triratna’s Stockholm Buddhist Centre. 

She writes: “Last month the Stockholm sangha held its first LGBTQ (Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer/questioning; known in Swedish as HBTQ) retreat, hoisting a rainbow flag at Dharmagiri, our retreat centre north of Stockholm. (Domestic flagpoles are standard in Sweden, flying a penant in the national colours of blue and yellow.) Fifteen Order members, mitras and friends gathered from Sweden, Finland and Norway to explore the way gender...