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Triratna and the Mindfulness Initiative in the UK

By Sadayasihi on Fri, 20 Apr, 2018 - 14:44

Triratna and the Mindfulness Initiative in the UK

By Sadayasihi on Fri, 20 Apr, 2018 - 14:44

As mindfulness has entered the mainstream of Western societies, one of the most striking developments is the popularity of mindfulness practice among British Members of Parliament and the connections they have made to public policy. Triratna has had a significant presence in this process.  Vishvapani, one of those involved, updates us on this work and writes:  “A few years ago, when these discussions started, I don’t think any of us imagined that their potential ramifications could be so far-reaching.” 

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Triratna International Gathering 2017 - What The World Needs Now
Triratna International Gathering 2017 - What The World Needs Now

Breathworks – a modern take on old truths. With Vidyamala and Sona

By Vidyamala on Mon, 26 Jun, 2017 - 11:15

Breathworks – a modern take on old truths. With Vidyamala and Sona

By Vidyamala on Mon, 26 Jun, 2017 - 11:15

What the world needs, and has always needed, are people dedicated to helping both themselves and others to overcome suffering. This is the essence of the Bodhisattva Ideal. With the ever-increasing population in the world there is more and more suffering, so there is an urgent need for us to extend an even larger hand of friendship to all beings.

We have our wonderful urban Buddhist and Retreat centres that help people find ways to deal with the fundamental problem of dukkha...

Triratna News
Triratna News

An online video retreat with Vidyamala

By Munisha on Wed, 1 Feb, 2017 - 09:54

An online video retreat with Vidyamala

By Munisha on Wed, 1 Feb, 2017 - 09:54

Vidyamala, founder of Breathworks, spent December running an online video retreat on the American Buddhist site, Tricycle.com. This set of four 20-minute talks isentitled ’Freeing the Mind When the Body Hurts”. She writes:

“I started developing mindfulness courses for people with pain and illness way back in 2001, drawing on my own experience of coming to meditation with a spinal injury and wanting to offer advice for others in similar circumstances. Joined by Sona and Ratnaguna, we developed this to become the Community Interest (not-for-profit) Company...

Windhorse Publications
Windhorse Publications

Vidyamala Burch on Opening to Pain with Mindfulness (Part II)

By Helen - Windhor... on Thu, 10 Mar, 2016 - 10:51

Vidyamala Burch on Opening to Pain with Mindfulness (Part II)

By Helen - Windhor... on Thu, 10 Mar, 2016 - 10:51

We return with the second half of an interview with Vidyamala Burch, the founder and co-director of Breathworks, an ordained member of the Triratna Buddhist Order, and author of three books. Windhorse Publications features her newest title this month (Mindfulness for Women). You can listen to the full interview in a 40-minute audio file on Soundcloud.

Your new book Mindfulness for Women was just released. Can you talk a little bit about how women and men might need...

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Triratna News

“Mindful Nation” report is launched in UK Parliament

By Munisha on Wed, 28 Oct, 2015 - 11:50

“Mindful Nation” report is launched in UK Parliament

By Munisha on Wed, 28 Oct, 2015 - 11:50

Several Triratna Order members and mitras were at the UK parliament on Tuesday 20th October for the launch of the “Mindful Nation UK” report, along with members of parliament, government ministers and experts on mindfulness. Triratna has been well represented throughout the process, as Vishapani reports. Having been part of the team editing the report, he writes:

“The report is the work of the Mindfulness All Party Parliamentary Group (MAPPG) and the ...

European Chairs' Assembly
European Chairs' Assembly

Day 6 at the ECA

By Munisha on Tue, 18 Aug, 2015 - 20:54

Day 6 at the ECA

By Munisha on Tue, 18 Aug, 2015 - 20:54

To the sound of lorries delivering food and folding chairs for this weekend’s Order gathering to celebrate Bhante’s 90th birthday, Vidyamala presented the history and evolution of Breathworks, the mindfulness project she founded in 2001 to help people live better with pain and illness. She also talked about “mainstream” mindfulness teaching as Bodhisattva activity in an intensely suffering world.

Hear a short, inspiring interview with Vidyamala.

In Q & A and small groups, the Chairs continued their exploration of the...

Triratna News
Triratna News

Triratana and Mindfulness in the UK parliament

By Munisha on Thu, 27 Nov, 2014 - 00:57

Triratana and Mindfulness in the UK parliament

By Munisha on Thu, 27 Nov, 2014 - 00:57Over the last two years around 120 members of the UK Parliament - in the House of Commons and House of Lords - have taken mindfulness courses. Some are also exploring how mindfulness can affect British society as a whole. They’ve formed an All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) devoted to mindfulness, which has been holding meetings throughout this autumn. Several people from Triratna are involved.

Vishvapani writes: “It’s moving to see how deeply the parliamentarians have been...