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Saturday at the International Gathering

Saturday at the International Gathering

From Triratna International Gathering 2017 - What The World Needs Now on Sat, 26 Aug, 2017 - 16:46

It being Bhante Sangharakshita’s 92nd birthday, at 10.45am all were assembled in the Adhisthana courtyard. As we waited we chanted the mantra sabbe satta sukkhi hontu (May all beings be well and happy!) Paramartha helped Bhante towards a chair, we sang Happy Birthday, he blew out the candles on a very small cake presented by Zoe Lim (the only mitra in Singapore) and Dhiraprabha presented him with a giant roll of birthday greetings from us.

Today, following on from the previous day’s slot focusing on...

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Friday at the International Gathering

Friday at the International Gathering

From Triratna International Gathering 2017 - What The World Needs Now on Fri, 25 Aug, 2017 - 22:08

It’s been a lively, warm and sunny day here in Herefordshire, UK. Our numbers swelled to around 330 by the end of a well-spent day.

The shrine tent was impressively full for 7am meditation, well rewarded by the efforts of the Sheffield Porridge Team, who cooked porridge for 200. Later in the morning the Polish sangha introduced themselves, after which Prajnaketu, Young Buddhist Co-ordinator, gave the morning’s excellent talk (without notes), entitled “The Return of the Bodhisattva”. You can listen to it...

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"What the world needs now": Triratna's International Gathering kicks off!

From Triratna News on Fri, 25 Aug, 2017 - 09:16

"What the world needs now": Triratna's International Gathering kicks off!

From Triratna News on Fri, 25 Aug, 2017 - 09:16

Adhisthana plays host to Triratna’s International Gathering 2017 this weekend, with around 330 Friends, Mitras and Order members from at least 10 countries spending a long weekend together in many languages. Our theme is ‘What the world needs now”.

It’s a family-friendly event, with children running merrily around the place, enjoying a children’s tent, special activities and storytelling in the shrine tent each evening before the puja. There are workshops, a choir, beginners’ classes, talks, meditation, food… and friendship.

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Launch of new online space for Triratna Buddhist Families

From Triratna News on Tue, 8 Aug, 2017 - 13:36

Launch of new online space for Triratna Buddhist Families

From Triratna News on Tue, 8 Aug, 2017 - 13:36

We recently launched a new space for Triratna Buddhist Families. 

The Triratna Buddhist Parents Network Facebook page has been providing invaluable support for many parents practising in Triratna. In response to recent discussions on that group, our own Rijupatha on the The Buddhist Centre Online team (and dad of two), has set up a project space on our website to:

  • Provide further opportunities for children, parents (and grandparents!) to connect and network to discuss their Dharma lives within Triratna.
  • Provide helpful resources for family Dharma
  • ...
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Books for Buddhist Kids & Parents

From Triratna Parents Mandala on Thu, 3 Aug, 2017 - 21:59

Books for Buddhist Kids & Parents

From Triratna Parents Mandala on Thu, 3 Aug, 2017 - 21:59

Though sometimes you have to search a bit, there are lots of books out there on Buddhist themes for young children, teens, and parents. We’ll post here a running list of Fantastic Books and Where to Find them.

If you have a favorite of your own, please share in the comments section and we’ll add it!

Young Readers:

The Buddha at Bedtime - Nagaraja

The Buddha’s Apprentice at Bedtime - Nagaraja

The Calm Buddha at Bedtime - Nagaraja

The Lion and the...

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Children and Families at the LBC

Thu, 3 Aug, 2017 - 16:08

Children and Families at the LBC

Thu, 3 Aug, 2017 - 16:08

(Originally posted in the London Buddhist Centre newsletter, July 2017)

Beginnings

Ten years ago – my son Gowan then just three months old – I started meeting with other new mothers in the LBC library on a Wednesday morning. We would meditate and talk whilst our babies slept or rolled around on the floor together. Whether we were exploring metta, impermanence, the preciousness of human life or the simple need for more sleep it was a blessing and a relief to be...

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Interkula Parenting Questionnaire

Thu, 3 Aug, 2017 - 15:53

Interkula Parenting Questionnaire

Thu, 3 Aug, 2017 - 15:53

The Interkula group, whose goal is to assist and work closely with the Adhisthana Kula in discussion about various Triratna community topics, has recently put out an online survey for parents and children in the Triratna Community about their experiences. You can take the survey yourself by visiting this link and contributing your experiences to the discussion!

This is an opportunity for you to share what has worked and what hasn’t worked in your local situation, or...

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Suggestions on Starting Family Events at your Local Centre

From Triratna Parents Mandala on Thu, 27 Jul, 2017 - 14:43

Suggestions on Starting Family Events at your Local Centre

From Triratna Parents Mandala on Thu, 27 Jul, 2017 - 14:43

Many centres in the Triratna Community around the world have been successful in initiating family events and programs, but there are still many opportunities to expand on this - especially in those areas where these initiatives haven’t yet taken off. Here are a couple of great ways to get started:

1) Create a Local Network of Families

In your local sangha it’s helpful to first identify and connect with other parents. This can take the form of informal gatherings, play dates, swapping babysitting, or...

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Coming-of-age ritual in Essen, Germany

From Triratna News on Fri, 16 Jun, 2017 - 17:05

Coming-of-age ritual in Essen, Germany

From Triratna News on Fri, 16 Jun, 2017 - 17:05

Jnanacandra is Chair of Triratna’s Essen Buddhist Centre, in Germany. She writes about their recent Jugendfeier – a rite of passage for adolescents – held on 5th June for four teenage boys. Open the pictures fully to see the very evident love and appreciation of the boys and their parents!

“This beautifully designed ceremony ritually marked the end of the boys’ childhood and their embarking on the path toward adulthood. About 60 people were present, mostly from the boys’ families,...

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‘Breathing Space in Schools’: training for teaching mindfulness in schools

From Triratna News on Thu, 27 Oct, 2016 - 14:23

‘Breathing Space in Schools’: training for teaching mindfulness in schools

From Triratna News on Thu, 27 Oct, 2016 - 14:23

‘Secular mindfulness’ is more and more popular in British schools and the London Buddhist Centre is supporting this “mindful revolution”. After 10 years of teaching mindfulness in schools, its schools’ project recently relaunched as ‘Breathing Space in Schools’ with a brand-new, beautiful website. Srivati is its director.

“We offer a variety of mindfulness workshops, courses and training for children, teenagers and staff and we love collaborating with schools to help them embed mindfulness into...