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Myth and Magic: Day 1 of the 2019 Triratna International Gathering

It’s the first full day of the Triratna International Gathering and Adhisthana is basking in summer sunshine! 

In this short podcast we get a flavour of the ‘Alchemy of the Dharma’. A couple of people share their highlights from the International Gathering so far - from the first talk by Ratnaguna on ‘Transforming Self’, a classic music concert after lunch, workshops on tai chi, yoga, the activities for children as well as authentic conversations and the possibility of...

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The story of Padmasambhava (Story telling evening) International Gathering 2019

The story of Padmasambhava (Story telling evening) International Gathering 2019

From Triratna International Gathering 2019: Alchemy of the Dharma on Thu, 29 Aug, 2019 - 11:33

The second evening of story-telling at the 2019 Triratna International Gathering was hosted by Jayaraja and friends. Featuring a king, courtiers, demons, galloping horses and the great Guru Padmasambhava himself, prepare yourself for an entertaining precis of how Padmasambhava came to Tibet.

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The story of Yasa (story telling evening)

The story of Yasa (story telling evening)

From Triratna International Gathering 2019: Alchemy of the Dharma on Thu, 29 Aug, 2019 - 11:36

Lokabandhu hosts this special evening of story-telling from the Pali Canon - the story of Yasa and the golden slippers - brought to life by a young cast, songs and colourful costumes!

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Me and Babies by Dhammadinna

From Community Highlights on Sun, 21 Jan, 2018 - 10:00

Me and Babies by Dhammadinna

From Community Highlights on Sun, 21 Jan, 2018 - 10:00

This is my personal story of my decision, as a Dharmacharini, as to whether or not to have a baby. It is explored within the mores (conventions) of the time in Triratna.

I was 20 years old, and in my last year at University, when I became accidentally pregnant. I knew that I did not want a child at that point in my life. I had thought, however, since I was a child playing with my dollies, that I would have children...

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Thanks Dhammadinna…..the courage and resilience of women like yourself, responding to these situations and issues, constantly amazes me!!!

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Thank you very much Dhammadinna for sharing your journey so movingly. We can’t deeply ‘know’ what it was like for those of you who were around at the birth and toddler stage of the Order. But we can imagine it more fully when hear stories with personal details. 

And I do love hearing stories from people like you and Malini about those early days, the experimental communities and the retreat on the Isle of Muck.

From inspiring women elders I heard that life in the early days of the Order was not always easy. But they stayed ……and helped make it possible for a woman in Emerald,Australia to hear the dharma for the first time, to taste freedom and to live a transformed life in the forest with her 3 lovely children. 

What a grand experiment the growing of the Order was and still is. And, with experiments, the failures are as much a part of effective learning as the successes.

That same process unfolds endlessly.  Sangha members of the future will look back to any decisions we make now and hopefully be happy with some but I am sure will have criticism of others. But they won’t ‘know’ the nuances of why we made our decisions in this era. And that’s why it’s important to hear the elders stories and not just throw out one line statements that limit our understanding of the complexities of the tapestry being woven at the time.  

I really appreciate you taking the time to share this part of your story Dhammadinna. 

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Thank you Dhammadinna forr sharing your own story of life in the early days of the movement and the lessons you have learned

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Saddhaloka and Moksananda in Conversation about Families

From Adhisthana Kula on Mon, 22 Jan, 2018 - 10:00

Saddhaloka and Moksananda in Conversation about Families

From Adhisthana Kula on Mon, 22 Jan, 2018 - 10:00

Another lovely conversation between old friends and Public Preceptors, Moksananda and Saddhaloka, reflecting on a life being both a parent and a practicing Buddhist within the FWBO and Triratna. 

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Some Thoughts on Motherhood: the Path of Loving and Letting Go by Punyamala

From Adhisthana Kula on Tue, 23 Jan, 2018 - 10:00

Some Thoughts on Motherhood: the Path of Loving and Letting Go by Punyamala

From Adhisthana Kula on Tue, 23 Jan, 2018 - 10:00

In this article, I want to explore my experience of being a Dharmacharini and a mother. The lifestyle that we live is significant as it creates the conditions in which we shall be practicing the Dharma and not all life styles are equally supportive of spiritual practice. The conditions in which we live will unquestionably have an effect on our Dharma life. Being a Buddhist in a secular, material society is hard. Being a mother is demanding so anyone who...

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Maitreyi Interviews Punyamala About Families

From Adhisthana Kula on Sat, 20 Jan, 2018 - 15:00

Maitreyi Interviews Punyamala About Families

From Adhisthana Kula on Sat, 20 Jan, 2018 - 15:00

A great conversation between two friends who are also members of the College of Public Preceptors, exploring Punyamala’s experiences around having children in the context of her Buddhist life within the FWBO and Triratna.

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Dharma Life - Family Life

From Community Highlights on Fri, 19 Jan, 2018 - 17:31

Dharma Life - Family Life

From Community Highlights on Fri, 19 Jan, 2018 - 17:31

One of the tasks the Adhisthana Kula set itself was to encourage people within Triratna to take a fresh look at some of those areas of practice and lifestyle that have been of real value and importance, and which sometimes have been put forward in an unhelpful way.

We look to build an Order and movement in which anyone who sincerely wishes to commit themselves to the Three Jewels can find a place and have something to give, whatever their...

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Triratna Parents (2012)

From Triratna Resources on Sat, 16 Jul, 2016 - 00:27

This post contains resources for Triratna Parents, especially those seeking to form ‘parent sanghas’ to support one another in the work and practice of parenting.

Best place to start is probably the new Facebook ‘Triratna Buddhist Parents Network‘ page, created by Kamalanandi from Sheffield. There’s a printable A4 poster attached to this post (you can share a link to it here - it comes in two versions spread over two pages – choose your favourite!)

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Children's Activities at the Triratna International Gathering 2019

Wed, 26 Jun, 2019 - 12:28

Children's Activities at the Triratna International Gathering 2019

Wed, 26 Jun, 2019 - 12:28

The 2019 Triratna International Gathering - 22 to 26 August at Adhisthana - is a feast of inspiration, stimulation and fun. All are welcome, including children!

Here’s a short film from the last International Gathering in 2017, focusing on the children’s activities, to give you a sense of the play, music and laughter involved. 

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