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Twelve Days of FBA - Day 11

By Rijupatha on Sun, 3 Jan, 2016 - 22:40

The Triratna Buddhist Order, from its inception, has held as one of its core principles an identical ordination for both men and women - something unique among Buddhist traditions. On day 11 of our 12 Days of FBA event we celebrate the women of our community with two talks from the series “Women Elders of the Triratna Buddhist Community”.

Dhammadinna and Mallika - ordained in 1973 and 1974 respectively - talk about the journey their spiritual lives have taken from...

Triratna News
Triratna News

Ordinations at Adhisthana, UK

By Munisha on Tue, 22 Dec, 2015 - 10:34

Ordinations at Adhisthana, UK

By Munisha on Tue, 22 Dec, 2015 - 10:34

We are delighted to report the public ordinations of six more women at Adhisthana, UK, on Saturday 19th December 2015.

Public preceptor Parami
Sue Bower becomes Karunabala: a Sanskrit name meaning “One whose strength is from compassion”. (Dot under the ’n’, long second ‘a’.) Westernised spelling Karunabala.
Private preceptor Padmavajri

Sioned Wynn becomes Prabhakari: a Sanskrit name meaning “She who illumines”. (Long second ‘a’, long ‘i’). Westernised spelling Prabhakari.
Private preceptor Dhammadinna

Nicki Cowburn becomes Varasakhi: a Sanskrit name meaning “Noble friend or companion”. (Long  ‘i’)...

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...

Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

Parami's Perspectives No. 6 - Maitripala on Women's Ordination and Her Australian Pilgrimage

By parami on Fri, 23 Oct, 2015 - 15:53

Parami again from “Oceania”! She’s in conversation here with her friend Maitripala who has been living in Europe for a year but is now back home and engaging with women seeking ordination into the Triratna Buddhist Order. Great to hear the inspiration - old and new - come through as a new generation of women grapples with the challenges and joys of Buddhist practice and of community.

And as a bonus we hear a preview of her ‘Buddhas in My Pocket Pilgrimage’,...

Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

Parami's Perspectives No. 3 - South Pacific Retreat

By parami on Mon, 5 Oct, 2015 - 23:19

Parami chats with Kate and Cynthia at the end of the ordination training retreat at Vijayaloka Retreat Centre in Australia. Great to hear inspiring tales from the outback as women deepen their friendships and Buddhist practice together… 

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Triratna News
Triratna News

Ordinations at Akashavana

By Munisha on Mon, 14 Sep, 2015 - 15:43

Ordinations at Akashavana

By Munisha on Mon, 14 Sep, 2015 - 15:43

We are delighted to announce that the following women were publicly ordained at Akashavana, in Spain, on 11th September 2015:

Public preceptor: Parami
Suzie Tisch becomes Maitrihrdaya, a Sanskrit name meaning ‘She who has a heart of loving kindness’. (Long second ‘i’, dot under the second ‘r’ and long final ‘a’)
Westernised spelling: Maitrihridaya
Private preceptor: Satyapada

Claudia Bock becomes Karunaseva, a Sanskrit name meaning ‘In the service of compassion’. (Dot under ‘n’ long final ‘a’)
Westernised spelling: Karunaseva
Private preceptor: Kulanandi
...

Triratna News
Triratna News

Women's ordinations in India

By Munisha on Thu, 3 Sep, 2015 - 17:34

Women's ordinations in India

By Munisha on Thu, 3 Sep, 2015 - 17:34

We’re delighted to announce that the following women were publicly ordained on 30th August at Ven. Hsuan Tsang Retreat Centre, Bor Dharan, Maharashtra, India:

Private Preceptor Vijaya
Public Preceptor Jnanasuri 

Anita Thool (South West Nagpur) becomes Amritanandi
Asha Nakhale (North Nagpur) becomes Shwetchitta
Shila Walke (North Nagpur) becomes Shubhrachitta 
Kusum Tembhurne (Pimpri Centre Pune) becomes Amritdharini 
Yamu Dhone (Amravati) becomes Amritamaya 
Prabha Shende (Amravati) becomes Ojoratna
Chanda Gedam (Amravati) becomes Aryasri
Anusaya Bhagat (Wardha) becomes Vinayasri
Sindhu...

Community Highlights
Community Highlights

International Women's Day talks from the Manchester Buddhist Centre: 2/2

By Munisha on Mon, 17 Aug, 2015 - 17:56

International Women's Day talks from the Manchester Buddhist Centre: 2/2

By Munisha on Mon, 17 Aug, 2015 - 17:56

From Clear Vision, Taravandana’s workshop ‘Bringing Out the Best in Us - Friendship in the Spiritual Life’, given to mark International Women’s Day in March 2015; the second of three public presentations given at the Manchester Buddhist Centre for IWD.

This 16-minute video represents a longer workshop consisting of a talk with breaks for discussion.

See the full series, and +Follow Clear Vision here on The Buddhist Centre Online.
Visit Clear Vision’s website to find out more about what they do.
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Community Highlights
Community Highlights

International Women's Day talks from the Manchester Buddhist Centre: 1/2

By Munisha on Tue, 4 Aug, 2015 - 10:54

International Women's Day talks from the Manchester Buddhist Centre: 1/2

By Munisha on Tue, 4 Aug, 2015 - 10:54

From Clear Vision, Munisha’s 28-minute talk for International Women’s Day in March 2015; the first of three public talks given at the Manchester Buddhist Centre for IWD.

The first part is an introduction to women in Buddhism today generally, and UK Buddhism. The main talk, “What is a Woman?”, begins at 8’ 39”.

See the full series, and +Follow Clear Vision here on The Buddhist Centre Online.
Visit Clear Vision’s website to find out more about what they do.
See even...

Clear Vision Trust
Clear Vision Trust

Singhashri - Misogyny and the Potential of Women in Buddhism

By Amaradaya on Mon, 3 Aug, 2015 - 12:13

Singhashri - Misogyny and the Potential of Women in Buddhism

By Amaradaya on Mon, 3 Aug, 2015 - 12:13

Singhashri gives a talk on the potential of women in Buddhism, and how our practice can help us move from anger to clarity in response to misogyny and sexism. Talk given for International Women’s Day, Manchester Buddhist Centre, 7th March 2015.

Please watch also the introductory talk Munisha gave first in the same series of talks, What is a Woman?

Although Singhashri says that Sangharakshita has suggested that women “are less likely to develop spiritually than men”, she acknowledges that he has never said precisely...

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