2019 was both a year of looking back - at our collective history, our shared values and vision - and looking forward at the kind of society we want to live in, the kind of world we want to co-create.
The year saw Triratna in that crucial space - following the death of our community’s founder, Urgyen Sangharakshita, on 30th October 2018. There was time to rejoice in our legacy, but also reflect on the more difficult aspects of our...
Urgyen Sangharakshita - simply “Bhante” to his friends and to many who practice in the Triratna community world-wide - was a complex, even sometimes complicated, man. Much has been written and said about his contribution to the flourishing of Buddhism in India and the West since the 1960s - and about some of his more controversial sides as a teacher and leader. But we know a lot less about him as a friend.
Here’s Dhammarati with another beautifully made presentation giving the history and Dharma context for the formation of the Triratna International Council.
This includes an audio recording (towards the end of the presentation) of Urgyen Sangharakshita, Triratna’s founder, giving his thoughts on the essential work of the Council as part of a healthy succession plan for our community, in line with his intentions to pass on well his own duties, responsibilities and inspiration.
A conversation with two of the most experienced members of the Order in India, the pioneering Amoghasiddhi And Amritasiddhi from Nagpur. Mahamati explores with them the history of Triratna in India - and how a new generation of Indian Buddhists adopted a radical Dharma life in the name of freedom from oppression and liberation for all.
The second evening of story-telling at the 2019 Triratna International Gathering was hosted by Jayaraja and friends. Featuring a king, courtiers, demons, galloping horses and the great Guru Padmasambhava himself, prepare yourself for an entertaining precis of how Padmasambhava came to Tibet.
A wonderful first talk of the 2019 International Gathering, whose theme is ‘Alchemy of the Dharma’. The utterly delightful Ratnaguna takes us through the true miracle of transforming ourselves via the magic of a practice in which we also learn to let ourselves change.
This is a beautiful, reflective, funny take on the challenges of the Dharma life. Ratnaguna’s breadth of reference is itself a joy: taking in Greek philosophy, Hans Christian Andersen, and writings on the nearness of death to life...
Sanghamani with a great second talk from the 2019 Triratna International Gathering. Her theme on this Alchemy of the Dharma weekend is how we can transform ourselves in order to transform our communities. And she leads with fearlessness in discussing her own work and practice in this regard.
As a fundraiser at the cutting edge of the practice of connection – trying to forge a sense of mutually vital relationship with strangers (who are not necessarily pleased to find you at their...
In the third and final talk from the 2019 Triratna International Gathering, Prasadacarin explores the theme of ‘transforming world’. Taking ‘everything is burning with the three fires of greed, hatred and delusion’ as his starting point, he poses the question: what are the alternatives to these fires?
The three jewels of the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha are a framework that could transform the world and Prasadacarin draws out what each jewel or refuge can offer.