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An Obituary of Dharmacharini Anagarika Ratnasuri, 1923-2019

From Community Highlights on Thu, 19 Sep, 2019 - 14:28

Kamalagita has written this lovely obituary of Ratnasuri, which you can also download below as a PDF. Please feel free to add any memories and eulogies you may wish to share as a comment below.

This post appeared originally on the private Order spaces here on The Buddhist Centre Online. Ratnasuri was such an important pioneer and exemplar – for women and men – in our community that we wanted to share it as widely as possible. R.I.P....

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I had the joy of being on retreat with her at Taraloka many years ago. I felt her kind and gentle presence, great stillness in meditation and such a depth of practice….a truly inspirational woman. Diane 🙏

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So good to read this fascinating obituary of my private preceptor. There’s a few things here I didn’t know about Ratnasuri! Thanks Kamalagita, much appreciated. Akasati
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30th Anniversary of the First Triratna Ordinations of Women by Women in the West

From Triratna News on Thu, 12 Sep, 2019 - 10:14

30th Anniversary of the First Triratna Ordinations of Women by Women in the West

From Triratna News on Thu, 12 Sep, 2019 - 10:14

2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the first ordinations of women by women in the West.

Ratnasuri previously had been the Public Preceptor for two dharmacharinis in India, January 1987, which she conducted ‘on behalf of’ Sangharakshita, the founder of the Triratna Buddhist Order. 

In 1989 Sangharakshita asked Ratnasuri to perform ordinations ‘on her own responsibility’ - a very significant development for the Order. On 17th August 1989, on a retreat at Taraloka Retreat Centre, Wales, she received into the...

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Full reports from the Shakyadhita conference 2019

From Triratna In The Buddhist World on Tue, 3 Sep, 2019 - 11:24

Triratna News recently reported from the 16th Shakyadhita conference, held in the Blue Mountains, Australia in June. This conference was attended by Kusalacitta (Australia) and Karunadeepa and Tarahridaya (India) and here we publish their full reports.

Shakyadhita (‘Daughters of the Buddha’) is the international association of Buddhist women. Over the years a number of Dharmacharinis have attended its conferences.

Dharmamodini was also present, running the stall for Bodhi Books and Gifts, Triratna’s shop in Sydney.

See the Triratna News...

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Sakyadhita Conference: Gender Equity for Monastic and Lay Buddhist Women

From Triratna News on Mon, 19 Aug, 2019 - 17:33

Sakyadhita Conference: Gender Equity for Monastic and Lay Buddhist Women

From Triratna News on Mon, 19 Aug, 2019 - 17:33

Sakyadhita is a Buddhist women’s organisation founded in 1987. The 16th Sakyadhita conference took place near Sydney, Australia in June, with a number of women from the Triratna Buddhist Order in attendance: Kusalacitta from Sydney, as well as Tarahridaya and Karunadeepa from Pune in India. Dharmamodini was there to run a stall for Bodhi Books and Gifts.

Sakyadhita means ‘daughters of the Buddha’, and it aims to promote gender equity for monastic and lay women with a focus on education,...

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How to keep the inspiration alive

Thu, 18 Jul, 2019 - 16:31

How to keep the inspiration alive

Thu, 18 Jul, 2019 - 16:31

https://www.freebuddhistaudio.com/audio/details?num=LOC967

In this first blog on the inspirational personal talks in the Women Elders of the Triratna Buddhist Community series on Free Buddhist Audio, Gabi Thesing, a GFR Mitra from Cambridge, describes her response to Dhammadinna’s very moving account of the early days of Triaratna and how the Dharma and the friends she has made have kept her inspired for almost 50 years.

Dhammadinna has been ordained for almost as long as I have been alive. When she was...

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The transformative power of acceptance and love

Wed, 26 Jun, 2019 - 13:57

The transformative power of acceptance and love

Wed, 26 Jun, 2019 - 13:57

https://www.freebuddhistaudio.com/audio/details?num=LOC3894

In this deeply inspiring conversation Shakyapada discusses her realisation that she is transgender with Vijayasri. They lead us through her life, focussing on her journey towards the Dharma. This has not been an easy path and Shakyapada shares both the difficulties and the good times as they explore the way that acceptance and love have helped her to grow.

This conversation took place at Croydon Buddhist Centre in April 2019 as part of our Saturday Sangha morning series....

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Launch of the Triratna Women project

From Triratna News on Thu, 7 Mar, 2019 - 17:30

Launch of the Triratna Women project

From Triratna News on Thu, 7 Mar, 2019 - 17:30

To celebrate International Women’s Day, the Triratna Women project are launching their own space on The Buddhist Centre Online! This project has been a number of years in the planning so it is very exciting that it is finally out there.

It started as a direct response to the deaths of Vajragita in 2014 and Anjali in 2015. Danasamudra, one of the project coordinators, had been aware for some time of the need to record the experience of women in Triratna, especially those...

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Great work Danasamudra and team

Could you also include a link to the series of Women Elders talks which include a talk by Mallika and Vajragita who have both died but their memory and amazing contributions to Triratna live on.

https://www.freebuddhistaudio.com/series/details?ser=X60

Thanks 

Shubha x

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Introduction to Triratna Women

Thu, 7 Mar, 2019 - 12:30

Danasamudra and Dharmaprabha introduce the Triratna Women’s project at the
North London Buddhist Centre, Women’s class in 2017.

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Interviewing Samata

Thu, 7 Mar, 2019 - 12:30

Interviewing Samata

Thu, 7 Mar, 2019 - 12:30

Danasamudra writes about her interview with Samata:

“In December last year I drove down to Tiratanaloka to interview Samata. She was staying there for several months before going on the three month retreat with Vijayamala and Vessantara. It was appropriate that I talked to her there because she was one of the women who brought Tiratanaloka, and all that it offers, into being.

Those of us who have joined the Movement and Order more recently have very little idea of how different things were...

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