Western Buddhist Review
Western Buddhist Review

What was it like for early Buddhist women?

By Dhivan Thomas Jones on Sat, 1 Oct, 2016 - 13:30

What was it like for early Buddhist women?

By Dhivan Thomas Jones on Sat, 1 Oct, 2016 - 13:30

Here, Dharmacārinī Vajratārā reviews a collection of scholarly essays exploring how it was for women in early Buddhism – at a time before feminism when nevertheless women were taken seriously as dharma practitioners.

Women in Early Indian Buddhism: Comparative Textual Studies

essays by various scholars, edited and introduced by Alice Collett

Oxford University Press, USA, 2014, 274pp., hback and ebook

Reviewed by Vajratārā

What were the attitudes towards women in early Indian Buddhism? Does textual analysis of early Buddhist texts corroborate the idea that early Buddhists saw women...

Triratna News
Triratna News

Ordinations in New Zealand

By Munisha on Sun, 18 Sep, 2016 - 21:16

Ordinations in New Zealand

By Munisha on Sun, 18 Sep, 2016 - 21:16

We are delighted to announce the names of three new Dharmacharinis ordained on 17th September at Golden Bay, New Zealand.

Public Preceptor Varadevi

Andrea Gill becomes Ujjalamati
(Pali - all short vowels)
Private Preceptor: Dharmanandi
Meaning of name: She whose mind is radiant

Public preceptor Dharmanandi

Kate Drury becomes Saccattha
(Pali - long second and last a)
Meaning of name: She whose goal is the Truth
Private Preceptor Varadevi

Natalie Grace becomes Karunajoti
(Pali -  long second a and long i)
Meaning of...

Triratna News
Triratna News

Ordinations at Akashavana

By Munisha on Sat, 17 Sep, 2016 - 16:19

Ordinations at Akashavana

By Munisha on Sat, 17 Sep, 2016 - 16:19

We are delighted to announce that the following women were publicly ordained at Akashavana, Spain, on Friday 16th September:

Public preceptor: Padmasuri

Claire Brown becomes Amrtavani (the third ‘a’ is long as is the final ‘i’).
Sanskrit name meaning: ‘She who plays the music of the deathless’, or ‘She whose song is limitless’
Westernised spelling: Amritavani
Private preceptor: Dhatvisvari

Anneke Dekker becomes Maitridaya (second ‘i’ is long as are second and third ‘a’).
Sanskrit name meaning: ‘Giver of maitri’
...

Triratna International Council
Triratna International Council

Buddhist Voices - Ratnashri and Vijaya From India

By Dassini on Mon, 8 Aug, 2016 - 08:41

Ratnashri from Mumbai and Vijaya from Nagpur talk to Dassini about their perspectives on the IC; being outside of India for the first time, and being inspired by the example of Dr Ambedkar to see learning and developing skills as having no age limit.

Vijaya shares her top 3 highlights from the meeting, the first being an approach to conflict resolution that builds confidence and supports individuals to see their own shortcomings in the light of the Buddha’s kindness.

Ratnashri ends the conversation...

Triratna News
Triratna News

Ordinations at Akasavana, Spain

By Munisha on Tue, 7 Jun, 2016 - 09:54

Ordinations at Akasavana, Spain

By Munisha on Tue, 7 Jun, 2016 - 09:54

We are delighted to announce the ordinations of the following women at Akashavana, Spain on Saturday 4th June:

Public preceptor: Parami
Kate Arrowsmith
becomes Dharmamayi (long ‘i’)
Sanskrit name meaning ’She who is filled with Dharma’.
Westernised spelling: Dharmamayi
Private preceptor: Punyamala

Hattie Johnson becomes Akasajoti (long first and second ‘a’s, long ‘i’) 
Pali name meaning: ’She whose radiance is like the sky’.
Westernised spelling: Akasajoti
Private preceptor: Vajratara

Minh Truing George becomes Amaradipa (long ‘i’ and long final ‘a’)
...

Triratna News
Triratna News

Birth of a book: Choosing childlessness

By Munisha on Tue, 3 May, 2016 - 23:51

Birth of a book: Choosing childlessness

By Munisha on Tue, 3 May, 2016 - 23:51

Kamalamani writes from Bristol, UK about her new book: Other than mother: choosing childlessness with life in mind.

In my late teens and early 20s I used to say that I would have children by the time I was 30. It was only on a Going for Refuge retreat at Tiratanaloka (in Wales) when I was 27 that I realised child-bearing wasn’t - and isn’t - compulsory. This realisation encouraged me to think and reflect carefully about the pro-natal nature...

Triratna in the Buddhist World
Triratna in the Buddhist World

Women of Faith: International Women's Day at BMAG - 2

By Munisha on Tue, 26 Apr, 2016 - 11:23

Women of Faith: International Women's Day at BMAG - 2

By Munisha on Tue, 26 Apr, 2016 - 11:23

Samachitta and other women of faith at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery’s International Women’s Day event, 10th March 2016.

Triratna in the Buddhist World
Triratna in the Buddhist World

Women of Faith: International Women's Day at BMAG -1

By Munisha on Tue, 26 Apr, 2016 - 11:19

Samachitta, until recently Chair of Triratna’s Birmingham Buddhist Centre, spoke at an International Women’s Day interfaith event at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (BMAG) on 10th March 2016.

Here’s the text of her talk, ‘Women who have inspired me’ in which she talks about the Buddha’s aunt Mahaprajapati, Dipa Ma and Triratna’s own Maitrisara, Birmingham’s mitra convenor for women - whose picture currently appears next to a Triratna kesa in BMAG’s exhibition ‘Faith in Birmingham’.

See the next...

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Triratna News
Triratna News

Women's ordinations in India

By Munisha on Tue, 29 Mar, 2016 - 09:19

Women's ordinations in India

By Munisha on Tue, 29 Mar, 2016 - 09:19

We’re delighted to announce the ordinations of following women at Saddhamma Pradeep Retreat Centre, Bhaja, Maharashtra, India on 12th March 2016.

Private Preceptor: Jnanasuri
Public Preceptor: Karunamaya

Sangeeta Kamale becomes Sriarya
“She who is pure, excellent, noble”

Pratibha Katare becomes Amoghamani
“She who has the jewel of success”

Ashwini Gaiakawad becomes Yashokirti
“She who is famous through success”
(The three women above are from Chunabhatti centre, Mumbai)

Nanubai Salawe becomes Kshantipriya
“She who loves patience, forgiveness”
(Kshantipriya is from Upanagar centre, Mumbai)

Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!

Triratna in the Buddhist World
Triratna in the Buddhist World

Is Triratna's equal ordination really unique in the Buddhist world?

By Munisha on Tue, 22 Mar, 2016 - 18:19

Is Triratna's equal ordination really unique in the Buddhist world?

By Munisha on Tue, 22 Mar, 2016 - 18:19

Recently someone asked me whether it is true that Triratna is unique in the Buddhist world in ordaining women and men equally, as we often say. Here is my reply, which does not claim to be definitive.

“In bhikkhuni (female) ordination (Theravada and Mahayana) women have to be ordained by women and then also by men, whereas bhikkhus (men) are ordained only by men. ie there is a double ordination for women but not for men.

Its lineage having died out, the ‘double’ Theravada bhikkhuni ordination has...

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