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Three International Order Conventions: Practising in a Suffering World

During August three International Order conventions were held in England: a men’s convention (over 200 attended) at Adhisthana, a combined convention (just under 600 attended) at Wymondham College in East Anglia and a women’s convention (about 180 attended) again at Adhisthana. One of the highlights of all 3 conventions was the number of Indian Order members who were able to attend – over 60.

 

The Combined Convention is so large it cannot be held at Adhisthana, but Triratna has held conventions at Wymondham College over many years now. Converting the school’s gym into a...

Buddha at the International Triratna Order Convention 2016

Bodhipaksa Coming to Sydney in 2017

It is with great pleasure that we announce Bodhipaksa’s first visit to Sydney. Many of you will know of Bodhipaksa and Wildmind; the online Dharma Community he has founded. Bodhipaksa is the author of several books and other online resources that support both meditation and Buddhist practice generally.

Bodhipaksa (name means wings of enlightenment) is originally from Scotland and was director of the Dhanakosa Retreat Centre there for three years before moving to the United States and settling in New Hampshire.

Bodhipaksa has been an inspiring teacher of meditation to many...

Dhammachari Deeksha

On the 27th December 2015 four men from Sydney (Brocky, Eric, Julian and Stephen) and one from Auckland accompanied by their private preceptors (Viraja, Khemadhamma and Dharmananda) travelled to Bhaja in India to attend a four week ordination course. Initially joined by Sona from the UK who be the course leader and our public preceptor. We had a week together on our own (apart from the excellent retreat center team) before our Indian brothers joined us.

Bhaja is a couple of hours drive east of Mumbai, and a quiet agricultural area. The retreat center is over looked by the Bhaja...

Coogee Triratna

So what is it that’s going on in Coogee? Are we a Buddhist centre? Are we an outreach group from the Sydney Centre? Or are we something else? What I can tell you is that there is a wonderful sangha emerging after more than three years of running weekly meditation and Dharma study at the picturesque Coogee Croquet Club. And I can also tell you that Jayakula, the six person community just up the road is thriving.

Padmadakini and I started things off by offering Thursday night meditation and over time we added a Sunday morning sit and a bi-weekly Dharma study. I’m going to be bold and...

Dana as an expansion of consciousness

On Buddha Day we are going to launch “Dana Week”, 21-28 May. A number of us got together a few weeks ago, and decided that we would like to evoke and practise this primary Buddhist quality more.

I have been feeling rather unqualified to be writing about “Dana” or generosity (which is a translation from the pali). The truth is that when it comes to generosity with money I have been a beneficiary of other people’s generosity more than I have been a donor myself.

I have been bowled over by other people’s generosity again and again: As an example, I remember that when I needed to...

Sponsoring a Child for Dhardo 2016

The ITBCI school (Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Cultural Institute), located in the Himalayan foothills in Kalimpong within clear sight of the magnificent Mount Kanchenjunga, is an institution lying close to the heart of our Triratna Community.

The school was founded in 1954 by Dhardo Rinpoche, revered teacher and friend of our teacher Sangharakshita. Since 2011 a group of sangha members at the SBC has been sponsoring students at this school.

We began sponsoring 6 infants and primary age children and depending upon numbers of sponsors and the fluctuations of the currency exchange...

Celebrating Poets, Poetry and Poems

In December the Sydney Buddhist Centre held the Season of Creative Conversations. This included local and visiting Order members celebrating mindfulness, ideas, art and more, all in the context of presenting the many facets of the spiritual life.

Maitreyabandhu visited us from London. He has been the Chair of the London Buddhist Centre and a long-time resident of the men’s Buddhist community located above the centre. He is also an artist, a published and award-winning poet and runs Poetry East which showcases the work of well-known contemporary poets, exploring the relationship...

Wanted: Teams that Clean

Have you recently done a course at the Sydney Buddhist Centre and are looking for a way to give? Are you in a regular study group, GFR group or chapter? If so, we need your help!

We’re looking for volunteers who can form 8 small teams of 4-5 people each to help regularly clean the Sydney Buddhist Centre. If we can form 8 teams from among the Sangha, then each team would only need to work one week (or weekend) every 2 months. We’d be asking each team to spend 3-4 hours every 2 months on jobs like tidying the shrine room, vacuuming the floors and cleaning the bathrooms. A lot of...

Ambedkar, on the occasion of his 125th Anniversary

I would like to thank my ancestors and the Earth from which we come. I extend my respects from my people the Nguhi of Moreton and Stradbroke Islands to the Gadigal and Eora peoples.

Recently I was ordained in India with four other Dharmacharis from Australia and New Zealand, Dharmaraja, Chittamuni (NZ), Maitribandha and Manichitta.

Every evening as we emerged from afternoon mediation we would look across to the caves on the opposite side of the valley. The sun’s rays filled a grotto opposite us and illuminated a 3 ½ meter, 2,200 year old solid granite stupa. The natural...

Vijayaloka Newsletter

Dear Sangha Friends

On the last Friday in July several of us had a day out at Vijayaloka. Some of us attended a Vijayaloka team meeting and others spent the day working outside. Whether meeting or working we all enjoyed our time in the beautiful winter sunshine. A shared campfire lunch topped it off in Sydney sangha style!

In the Vijayaloka team, a high priority for discussion was developing a list of work options for the upcoming Working With Nature Retreat which is to be held this weekend on 14/15/16 August. This retreat looks set to be a wonderful opportunity to come...