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Launch of Global Pioneers' Fund

From Triratna News on Tue, 4 Sep, 2018 - 14:59

Launch of Global Pioneers' Fund

From Triratna News on Tue, 4 Sep, 2018 - 14:59

A new fund - the Global Pioneers’ Fund - was launched by FutureDharma at the recent Combined Area Order Weekend in Adhisthana.  Sanghadeva, a ‘serial pioneer’, painted a vision of 3,200 Triratna Centres around the world in another 50 years’ time. The call to support pioneering work inspired about 150 gifts from Order Members totalling £54,000. 

Sanghadeva was speaking on Sunday to 350 Order Members from around the UK and Ireland who had gathered at Adhisthana to...

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50 Years, 50 Voices: Amitamati and Ratnadeva

From Fifty Years, Fifty Voices on Wed, 29 Aug, 2018 - 16:21

It’s like the laboratory of our minds.
Ratnadeva

It excites me too, the science… very strong links, science and Dharma.
Amitamati

NB. Amitamati has been in touch to say that in track 3 when she refers to having studied “Social Sciences” for 25 years she actually meant “Life Sciences”.

Amitamati’s Annals

In 1968: I wasn’t born! May be My consciousness was waiting for the right womb!

I was born in 1970 into a Buddhist family – my grandparents on both sides had converted with Dr...

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50 Years, 50 Voices: Purna

From Fifty Years, Fifty Voices on Tue, 14 Aug, 2018 - 16:02

I couldn’t have done it any other way, as hard as it was…

Purna’s Annals 

In 1968 I turned 20 and was in the second year of a Maths and Physics degree. Joined my brother for a yacht trip around the South Pacific for two months, sailing to Samoa, Tonga and Fiji. Hove to for three days surviving a tropical cyclone. Finished my degree and started travelling in South-East Asia and India to find a Buddhist meditation teacher.

In 1978, having been ordained by Bhante on...

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50 Years, 50 Voices: Aryadhi

From Fifty Years, Fifty Voices on Tue, 7 Aug, 2018 - 15:30

 I think it was the missing piece of the jigsaw, as it were.

Aryadhi’s Annals

In 1968 I was 6 years old, final year at infant school and struggling with the outside world as I experienced it through school.

In 1978 I was 16 and studying for ‘A’ levels, on the brink of adulthood but feeling an outsider, never really fitting in and very afraid.

In 1988 I was working in a classical music publishers in London and leading a life immersed in the arts – in and...

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50 Years, 50 Voices: Vessantara

From Fifty Years, Fifty Voices on Thu, 31 May, 2018 - 15:00

…there was something which came through Bhante which really was full of Dharma qualities, and that’s what started Triratna…

 Vessantara’s Annals
In 1968 I’m 18, and spend eight months working in clerical jobs, earning money before going to Cambridge University to study English. I’ve adopted a hippie view of the world and spend hours in my friend Les Doyle’s attic bedroom, which is painted black and decorated with silver foil, listening to early Pink Floyd and Jimi Hendrix. I’m reading about eastern religions,...

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50 Years, 50 Voices: Karunadevi

From Fifty Years, Fifty Voices on Thu, 24 May, 2018 - 15:00

…these issues that were very controversial, they didn’t make me want to run away. But they did make me wonder whether I could be a part of the Order.

Karunadevi’s Annals
In 1968 I had recently moved to the San Francisco Bay Area from Iowa with my husband. I was 24 years old, had graduated from Iowa State University in ’66 and was teaching 4th grade. California was a very different culture, especially around San Francisco, and I felt both overwhelmed and enthralled...

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50 Years, 50 Voices: Ratnakumar

From Fifty Years, Fifty Voices on Thu, 17 May, 2018 - 15:00

I asked him, “If I would go there, will I get food?” And he said “Yes, obviously there will be a feast and you can have enough to eat.” And I thought then, “I’ll go.”

Ratnakumar’s Annals
In 1968 I wasn’t born.

In 1978 I wasn’t born.

In 1988 I was four years old, having been born into a low caste Hindu family in Orissa.

In 1998 I was about 14. I went to the birthday celebration of Dr Ambedkar with my cousin and decided that day to learn...

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50 Years, 50 Voices: Amarapushpa and Chandrasiddhi

From Fifty Years, Fifty Voices on Thu, 10 May, 2018 - 15:00

I had been looking for so long.  And then I saw my first woman Order Member. And that was like the ‘fourth sight’… that inspired me to go for refuge.
Amarapushpa

It’s not something that has to do with ideas and concepts… It’s about more practical wholeness, with your heart.
Chandrasiddhi

N.B. Grabación en inglés y español / Recording in English and Spanish

Listen to the whole conversation with Amarapushpa and Chandrasiddhi—and subscribe to the Buddhist Voices podcast for more...

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50 Years, 50 Voices: Manjusvara

From Fifty Years, Fifty Voices on Thu, 3 May, 2018 - 15:00

Who needs perfection?  

Perfection is useless in the human life…

Listen to two component conversations with Manjusvara—and subscribe to the Buddhist Voices podcast for more full-length recordings from Fifty Years, Fifty Voices.

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A few months ago I remembered that I’d heard a talk Manjusvara gave in 2007 called ‘20 years in the WBO’ on the 20th anniversary of his ordination. I thought it might contain some useful material for this project, so I looked it up on Free Buddhist Audio, only to discover that it...

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Sangharakshita's diary

From Triratna News on Wed, 2 May, 2018 - 15:09

Sangharakshita's diary

From Triratna News on Wed, 2 May, 2018 - 15:09

Sthanashraddha is Bhante’s secretary. He writes from AdhisthanaUK:

“Spring only really fully arrived towards the end of April, and it was less than a month ago that the gardens were covered in our last batch of snowfall. But, yes, eventually after what felt like weeks of watching tulip flowers develop buds and slowly watching them rise up on their stems, and slowly see buds swelling, we had a few days of warm weather and sunshine, and...