Community Highlights
Community Highlights

Subhuti - For the Welfare of the World (Audio)

By Free Buddhist Audio on Sat, 8 Apr, 2017 - 23:01

A great talk by Subhuti, live streamed around the world from London at the time, to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Triratna Buddhist Community. 

The fire of peace has been ignited in the world by the Buddha. It burns brightly today in the Triratna Order and movement, and inspired by Sangharakshita’s vision will burn well into the future – but how do we fan the flames so that the heat of practice transforms the world?

Chaired by Subhadramati....

Triratna@50
Triratna@50

Triratna@50 This Weekend...

By Centre Team on Thu, 6 Apr, 2017 - 14:15

Triratna@50 This Weekend...

By Centre Team on Thu, 6 Apr, 2017 - 14:15

Today, the 6th April 2017, marks the 50th birthday of Triratna! This weekend we kick off our year of celebration and gratitude for all that’s been achieved around the world since Sangharakshita and a small group of women and men first gathered to meditate together in a small room in London all those years ago…

+follow above for regular updates this weekend and throughout the year from Triratna@50 

We’ll be bringing you a flavour of just some of the international gatherings this weekend as our anniversary year...

Adhisthana Kula
Adhisthana Kula

Letter from the Chair of the College of Public Preceptors to all Order Members

By saddhaloka on Fri, 31 Mar, 2017 - 23:56

Letter from the Chair of the College of Public Preceptors to all Order Members

By saddhaloka on Fri, 31 Mar, 2017 - 23:56

Following the March meeting of the College of Public Preceptors, Saddhaloka, as Chair of the College, sent a message to all Order members. The ten-day meeting had been concerned with issues currently being raised regarding the Triratna Buddhist Order and Community, and Saddhaloka wanted to communicate the position of the College on these issues. We are now posting the letter, slightly adapted for a wider readership, on the Adhisthana Kula blog, to make it available to all who are interested. The Kula will be continuing...

College of Public Preceptors
College of Public Preceptors

Parami, Lokeshvara and Saddhaloka In Conversation

By parami on Sat, 18 Mar, 2017 - 15:08

A new podcast from some members of the Adhisthana Kula as they come to the end of a 10-day meeting of the College. 

A great little summary of some of the more general issues discussed, including those arising from historical controversies in Triratna (formerly the FWBO). We get a little taster of other conversations to come - with news of new media, and of prospective reconciliation possibilities within the wider community.

What emerges is a picture of the College at a...

Adhisthana Kula
Adhisthana Kula

Parami, Lokeshvara and Saddhaloka In Conversation

By parami on Sat, 18 Mar, 2017 - 15:01

A new podcast from some members of the Adhisthana Kula as they come to the end of a 10-day meeting of the College of Public Preceptors - the body responsible for maintaining the integrity and spirit of the Triratna Buddhist Order. 

A great little summary of some of the more general issues discussed, including those arising from historical controversies. We get a little taster of other conversations to come - with news of new media, and of prospective reconciliation possibilities within...

Adhisthana Kula
Adhisthana Kula

'Opening Up The Thatch' - Parami In Conversation with Tejananda

By parami on Thu, 9 Mar, 2017 - 18:14

'Opening Up The Thatch' - Parami In Conversation with Tejananda

By parami on Thu, 9 Mar, 2017 - 18:14

Some time ago, Tejananda wrote a piece entitled ‘Opening up the Thatch’. In this, he thoughtfully suggests that we need “an open and compassionate discussion” on the issues raised by allegations around historical controversy in Triratna, re-made in a recent short regional TV programme in the UK.

Amongst other points, Tejananda wondered if it would be helpful to engage in some form of ‘truth and reconciliation’ process. Recently, he visited Adhisthana and met with...

Triratna News
Triratna News

Women, Men and Angels: an apology

By Munisha on Mon, 6 Mar, 2017 - 13:38

Women, Men and Angels: an apology

By Munisha on Mon, 6 Mar, 2017 - 13:38

Updated March 28th: Watch a fuller video conversation here with Subhuti exploring the details of his regret and his apology in the company of his good friend Maitreyi.

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Parami is one of the Triratna Buddhist Order’s two Order convenors. She writes:

“In 1994, a book called Women, Men and Angels was published, with the subtitle: ‘An inquiry into the relative spiritual aptitudes of men and women’. It was written by Subhuti, a senior Triratna Order Member,...

Adhisthana Kula
Adhisthana Kula

Women, Men and Angels: A Personal Statement by Subhuti

By Subhuti on Fri, 3 Mar, 2017 - 14:07

Women, Men and Angels: A Personal Statement by Subhuti

By Subhuti on Fri, 3 Mar, 2017 - 14:07

Introduction by Parami
In 1994, a book called ‘Women, Men and Angels’ was published, with the subtitle: ‘An Inquiry into the Relative Spiritual Aptitudes of Men and Women’. It was written by Subhuti, a senior Triratna Order Member, with the intention of elaborating on an impression or ‘idea’ that had originally come from Sangharakshita. While I am sure this was not Subhuti’s intention, the book had a painful effect on many people – especially women – even causing some to...

Adhisthana Kula
Adhisthana Kula

Sangharakshita and the Shadow of the Past

By saddhaloka on Thu, 2 Mar, 2017 - 15:19

Sangharakshita and the Shadow of the Past

By saddhaloka on Thu, 2 Mar, 2017 - 15:19

An honest, thoughtful and heartfelt talk by Vishvapani exploring current issues. We recommend that you listen to it, and encourage others to listen to it.

Download from Free Buddhist Audio

Adhisthana Kula
Adhisthana Kula

Introducing the Adhisthana Kula

By ratnadharini on Tue, 28 Feb, 2017 - 23:02

Introducing the Adhisthana Kula

By ratnadharini on Tue, 28 Feb, 2017 - 23:02

The Triratna Buddhist Order now numbers over 2,000 members in around 30 countries, and the associated Community is many times bigger. This presents quite a challenge when a situation arises requiring the sharing of complex information and wide-ranging discussion among all involved – as has recently happened following the broadcast of a BBC local TV programme in the UK.

‘Inside Out’, on 26th September 2016, included a 12-minute report referring to accounts of sexual misconduct in the early...

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