It’s January and time for the winter European Chairs Assembly meeting, held at Adhistana, UK. A bumper gathering of over 60 chairs of chairs of Triratna Buddhist Centres as well as representatives of some of Triratna’s main projects are meeting for an inspiring, enjoyable, at times challenging mix of practice, talks, discussion, and ritual, for the benefit of all beings!
At the end of the first day of the Women’s International Order Convention at Adhisthana, Parami sits on the sofa of the women’s community with Kuladharini and Akasajoti and talks about some of the highlights of the day. Kuladharini talks about her relationship with Shakyamuni, and her practice as an anagarika. She describes a beautiful moment of her heart breaking open and hearing the words, “all griefs faithfully observed turn towards love”. And we hear a little from Akasajoti about...
Hoy Parami entrevista a Moksananda, el preceptor público con responsabilidad para el entrenamiento de los hombres preparándose para entrar en la orden. Moksananda habla de su experiencia en el colegio, de sus amistades y de su práctica personal y colectiva.
I gave this talk at the European Chair’s Assembly in January 2012 about the trial we did during the Urban Retreat (October 2011) for Groups and Projects on thebuddhistcentre.com. We learned a lot and this is a report on the experience - and the potential - of a Triratna social network, with some considerations of the bigger questions about how online contexts can help foster a sense of community and support people in their personal practice.