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metta for merida
metta for merida

monthly metta for mérida meditation

By Vajranatha on Wed, 16 Aug, 2017 - 17:42

monthly metta for mérida meditation

By Vajranatha on Wed, 16 Aug, 2017 - 17:42

We are changing the monthly meditations to the last Saturday of every month at 3pm Venezuela time. That is currently 7pm UK time.

Each month we will give updates about how things are going in Venezuela.

Triratna News
Triratna News

FutureDharma Fund supports ongoing appeal for Venezeula crisis

By Charlotte Lawes on Mon, 7 Aug, 2017 - 17:23

FutureDharma Fund supports ongoing appeal for Venezeula crisis

By Charlotte Lawes on Mon, 7 Aug, 2017 - 17:23

Thanks to the generosity of the European Chairs Assembly, in just a few minutes FutureDharma Fund raised £5000 in pledges to help sangha members in Venezuela, whose country is in crisis. 

Chairs from Triratna Buddhist Centres across Europe and representatives from major Triratna projects had gathered together at Vajrasana for a 10-day meeting. They were joined by several other Chairs from around the world, including Vajranatha. He is the only Order Member in Venezuela and Chair of Merida Buddhist Centre, supporting a sangha including 22 mitras,...

Buddhist Action
Buddhist Action

Metta for Merida

By mokshini on Sun, 6 Aug, 2017 - 10:18

Metta for Merida

By mokshini on Sun, 6 Aug, 2017 - 10:18

Dear friends, Vajranatha, and the Triratna Sangha in Venezuela, needs our help! 

At the recent European chairs meeting Vajrnatha, the only order member in Venezuela, spoke movingly about the situation in Venezuela, and Merida, where he lives. 

In the video he says  ”I really need help…. what’s happening in Venezuela is a humanitarian crisis. I would like Triratna to be able to respond to this crisis.”

Please watch this video and share it with your sangha friends. What can we do to help the situation? Can...

metta for merida
metta for merida

Other things you could do to help people in Venezuela

By Vajranatha on Sat, 5 Aug, 2017 - 13:47

Other things you could do to help people in Venezuela

By Vajranatha on Sat, 5 Aug, 2017 - 13:47

As well as helping to organise groups to send metta to everyone in Venezuela, which I believe can make a real difference, you may feel like helping out in other, more practical ways. Sometimes people ask me if they can send food parcels or medicines, but unfortunately that is not possible, parcels would never make it through customs.

However, there are some things which you might be able to do to help…

  • Offer friendship online to people in the Sangha
  • Do you have an old smart
  • ...
metta for merida
metta for merida

First international metta for merida meditation

By Vajranatha on Thu, 3 Aug, 2017 - 10:10

First international metta for merida meditation

By Vajranatha on Thu, 3 Aug, 2017 - 10:10

On Wed 16th of August at 7:30pm Uk time (2.30pm in Venezuela itself) will are going to launch the metta for mérida project with simultaneous meditations in the Mérida Buddhist Centre in Venezuela and the Nottingham Buddhist Centre. Immediately after this meditation there will be twining ceremony for the Nottingham & Mérida centres.

We hope as many other Triratna Buddhist Centres as possible will be able to join us.

Present in Nottingham will be Vajranatha (the current Chairman of the Mérida centre), Aryavachin...

metta for merida
metta for merida

Video about the current situation in Venezuela July 2017

By Vajranatha on Wed, 2 Aug, 2017 - 15:42

Video about the current situation in Venezuela July 2017

By Vajranatha on Wed, 2 Aug, 2017 - 15:42

Made to launch this project Metta for Mérida explaining the difficulties for people in the Sangha in Venezuela.

Filmed at Vajrasana in Uk by Sanghadhara of Clear Vision.

metta for merida
metta for merida

News from Bristol

By Vajranatha on Wed, 2 Aug, 2017 - 14:24

News from Bristol

By Vajranatha on Wed, 2 Aug, 2017 - 14:24

On the recent ECA meeting several centres pledged to raise a total of £5000 to help the Venezuelan Sangha with travel expenses so they can take part in retreats outside Venezuela and Order Members can travel to support them.

Bristol is the first centre to respond. I was invited to give a ten minute talk at their regulars’ class about the situation in Venezuela. After the talk we did mettabhavana including Venezuela in the last stage. At the end...

European Chairs' Assembly
European Chairs' Assembly

Day 8 report from the ECA summer meeting

By Munisha on Tue, 25 Jul, 2017 - 15:32

Day 8 report from the ECA summer meeting

By Munisha on Tue, 25 Jul, 2017 - 15:32

Here in Suffolk, UK, days come and go, the rain pours down, the duck family continues to parade around (see previous report), and the Chairs are still meditating, doing puja, chatting, walking and listening to presentations and small groups.

They’ve looked at the work of Triratna’s Translations Board; members of the College and Adhisthana Kula have visited to explain the work they’re doing to address painful aspects of Triratna’s past; and the ECA’s Safeguarding officer, Munisha, has...

Triratna News
Triratna News

South America's first Going for Refuge retreat

By Munisha on Wed, 3 May, 2017 - 11:23

South America's first Going for Refuge retreat

By Munisha on Wed, 3 May, 2017 - 11:23

This Easter, South America saw its first ever Going for Refuge retreat (for those training to be ordained in Triratna), in the Venezuelan Andes, outside the city of Mérida.

Triratna activities in Venezuela began in the early 1990s although the Centre has received very limited support and input from the wider sangha until quite recently.  The Centre currently boasts more than 20 mitras, 13 of whom have asked for ordination.

While six men Mitras were on their first Going for Refuge retreat on home...

Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

Jnanadakini - Bringing The Dharma To Latin America

By Candradasa on Tue, 2 May, 2017 - 17:14

Jnanadakini was the first Mexican woman to be ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order and joins us to talk about her work bringing the Dharma to other Latin American women.

We hear about the recent ordination, broadcast live on The Buddhist Centre Online, and about Jnanadakini’s mythic connection to building sangha at home in Mexico, in Venezuela, and across the continent. Her quiet joy in this is apparent as she evokes the strength of practical faith in the face of...

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