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Dharma Talk: What’s Race, Gender, Sexuality and Skin Color Got to Do with Non-Self

By Sadayasihi on Tue, 5 Mar, 2019 - 12:29

A timely and thought-provoking talk by Vimalasara around what race, gender, sexuality and skin colour have got to do with the idea and experience of non-self? Vimalasara draws inspiration from the life and example of Dr Ambedkar as she explores how to approach these issues from a Dharmic perspective.

This talk was given at a People of Colour (POC) day-long retreat at San Francisco’s East Bay Meditation Centre 2019.

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Wellington Buddhist Centre
Wellington Buddhist Centre

On Retreat with Vimalasara

By akashagarbha on Mon, 18 Feb, 2019 - 05:01

On Retreat with Vimalasara

By akashagarbha on Mon, 18 Feb, 2019 - 05:01

Last November while she visited Wellington Vimalasara lead a weekend retreat at Strathean Retreat Centre north of Wellington. Strathean was full to capacity and we had a great mix of Sangha, young and older, those who’d been around for ages and those quite new.

The retreat coincided with Bhante’s funeral. Strathean kindly provided a wifi password and a number of retreatants were up in the...

Triratna News
Triratna News

Triratna voices in Buddhist Canada

By Munisha on Wed, 9 Dec, 2015 - 23:17

Triratna voices in Buddhist Canada

By Munisha on Wed, 9 Dec, 2015 - 23:17

Two Triratna Order members are among to the contributors to Lotus Petals in the Snow, the first anthology of writings by Canadian Buddhist women: scholars, practitioners, Dharma students, teachers, nuns and laywomen, launched last week.

Aryadhrishti is Canadian and runs the Triratna centre in Portland, USA. She writes about Karma as a spiritual practice of evolution and escape. 

Vimalasara, born Black British, recently became an African Canadian and is Chair of Vancouver’s thriving Triratna centre.  She writes about...

Triratna News
Triratna News

Triratna book wins USA Best Book Award

By Munisha on Tue, 9 Dec, 2014 - 17:08

Triratna book wins USA Best Book Award

By Munisha on Tue, 9 Dec, 2014 - 17:08Congratulations to Triratna authors Paramabandhu and Vimalasara, whose book Eight Step Recovery: Using the Buddha’s Teachings to Overcome Addiction, was recently named in the 2014 USA Best Book Awards, in the self-help category.

Publishers Windhorse Publications are, not surprisingly, delighted at the book’s success. “In terms of sales, Eight Step Recovery is the most successful book that we have published in many, many years, with 2,121 print copies sold and 528 eBooks. Coming up...
Triratna Young Buddhists
Triratna Young Buddhists

Triratna Newsbyte 1 is here!

By Munisha on Mon, 2 Jun, 2014 - 12:44

Triratna Newsbyte 1 is here!

By Munisha on Mon, 2 Jun, 2014 - 12:44Clear Vision recently released Triratna Newsbyte 1, the first of their new twice-yearly video news bulletins from around the Triratna world, commissioned by Triratna’s European Chairs’ Assembly. And the Young Buddhists are in it!

In this 47-minute video:
  • The opening weekend of Adhisthana, UK
  • Vimalasara’s book launch at the Manchester Buddhist Centre, UK
  • Danabhadri at Dhanakosa, Scotland: Cooking as practice
  • Nagaloka Buddhist Centre, Portland, Maine, USA
  • Amoghalila and the Street Angels, Lancashire, UK
  • Young Buddhists’ gathering 2013, Adhisthana,
  • ...
Triratna News
Triratna News

One hundred awakening women

By Munisha on Mon, 3 Feb, 2014 - 17:08

One hundred awakening women

By Munisha on Mon, 3 Feb, 2014 - 17:08Viveka and Vimalasara, members of the Triratna Buddhist Order in San Francisco and Vancouver respectively, are among 100 contemporary female Buddhist teachers asked to contribute to The Hidden Lamp: Stories from Twenty-Five Centuries of Awakened Women; a book of 100 stories and koans about women achieving awakening, each accompanied by a reflection by a contemporary woman teacher.

Viveka writes: “The invitation to contribute to The Hidden Lamp brought to mind memories of female hermit meditators, living in...
Community Highlights
Community Highlights

Into New Year With The Buddhist Centre Online

By Rijupatha on Mon, 30 Dec, 2013 - 15:15

Into New Year With The Buddhist Centre Online

By Rijupatha on Mon, 30 Dec, 2013 - 15:15

The latest issue of the Triratna Highlights newsletter, taking us into the new year, is fresh off the digital presses! If you’re signed up to receive it via email, it should be in your inbox now. If you’re not signed up, you can find the web version here, or go to ‘my profile’ (top right of any page when you are logged in), choose ‘edit’ and check the ‘Newsletter sign up’ box.

The newsletter gathers together some of the best...

Triratna News
Triratna News

Vimalasara talks to TEDx about her "stinking thinking"

By Munisha on Thu, 12 Dec, 2013 - 07:18

Vimalasara talks to TEDx about her "stinking thinking"

By Munisha on Thu, 12 Dec, 2013 - 07:18Triratna’s Vimalasara (Dr Valerie Mason-John) talks about her recent talk to a local TEDx conference in Vancouver, Canada. (TED stands for Technology, Education and Design and is dedicated to the promotion of “ideas worth spreading” via its now world-renowned conferences featuring short talks by gifted, expert speakers.)

“I was between retreats and out of the blue an email came inviting me to give a local, TEDx, talk. I was curious; my partner eats, breathes and sleeps...