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Thich Nhat Hanh: a letter of gratitude from Plum Village

Thu, 27 Jan, 2022 - 18:54

Thich Nhat Hanh: a letter of gratitude from Plum Village

Thu, 27 Jan, 2022 - 18:54

We reported on Sunday the death of Thich Nhat Hanh, founder of the worldwide Plum Village Tradition, at the age of 95.

As Triratna’s Liaison officer, responsible for our co-operation with other Buddhist traditions I wrote to offer our condolences. I received the following letter of gratitude, including a invitation to us all to join the funeral and cremation ceremony online on Saturday 29 January (not just teachers).

“Most Respected Teacher(s),

It is an honor for us to receive your
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Thich Nhat Hanh 1926-2022

Sun, 23 Jan, 2022 - 11:47

Thich Nhat Hanh 1926-2022

Sun, 23 Jan, 2022 - 11:47

We offer sincere condolences to our fellow Dharmafarers in the worldwide Plum Village Tradition on the death of their founder, Thich Nhat Hanh, yesterday, 22nd January 2022. He was 95.

See Plum Village’s announcement of his passing and their memorial activities.

A Vietnamese Zen monk and teacher, Nhat Hanh founded the Order and Community of Interbeing (part of the Plum Village Tradition), and combined teachings from early Buddhism, Mahayana traditions and western psychology. He was prominent in the teaching...

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Rainbodhi resource on LGBTQIA+ inclusivity for Buddhists

Thu, 20 Jan, 2022 - 12:38

Rainbodhi resource on LGBTQIA+ inclusivity for Buddhists

Thu, 20 Jan, 2022 - 12:38

Rainbodhi is a spiritual friendship group for LGBTQIA+ Buddhists in Australia and advocates for more inclusion and diversity in the broader Buddhist community.

They have just published a brand new resource on LGBTQIA+ inclusivity for Buddhists and Buddhist organisations: ‘Welcoming the Rainbow -  A guide to LGBTQIA+ inclusivity for Buddhists’ to help Buddhists and Buddhist organisations to create safe and inclusive spaces.

You can download the booklet in pdf format or order a hard copy...

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Safeguarding for UK Buddhist charities: a Charity Commission webinar

Tue, 16 Nov, 2021 - 14:23

Safeguarding for UK Buddhist charities: a Charity Commission webinar

Tue, 16 Nov, 2021 - 14:23

Saturday 29th January 2022
10-11am (UK time)

A free webinar for trustees, Safeguarding officers, teachers, leaders and volunteers in Buddhist charities – and any Order member, Mitra or Friend who wants to know more about duties of Triratna charities in relation to Safeguarding adults and children from harm.

As Triratna’s Liaison Officer I’m a longtime committee member of the Network of Buddhist Organisations UK (NBO). In that capacity (and as the ECA Safeguarding officer) I’ve asked speakers from the Charity Commission to explain...

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Sowing seeds of hope: online Buddhist events during COP26

Thu, 28 Oct, 2021 - 12:08

Sowing seeds of hope: online Buddhist events during COP26

Thu, 28 Oct, 2021 - 12:08

Sowing Seeds of Hope is a series of online faith meetings during COP26.

Monday 1st November sees a dialogue between Buddhists of several traditions on the theme ‘Can personal transformation lead to climate justice?’

Speakers include Triratna’s Shantigarbha and Parami.

Monday 1st November, 18.00-19.15 UK time

More information and registration here.

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Sunday 31st October: a BIPOC/BAME-centred evening online to mark the start of COP26

Thu, 28 Oct, 2021 - 10:08

Sunday 31st October: a BIPOC/BAME-centred evening online to mark the start of COP26

Thu, 28 Oct, 2021 - 10:08

Buddhists Across Traditions is a UK BIPOC/BAME-centred initiative. They’re offering an online meeting to mark the start of the COP26 climate change talks in Glasgow, which falls on the last day of the UK’s Black History Month.

Sunday 31st October

17.30-19.00 UK time/19:30:-21:00 SA/13:30-15:00 EDT/ 12:30-14:00 CDT/10:30-12:00 PDT

Information and registration here.

They write: “We come together with Baba Mandaza & Nobantu Mpotulo (Africa), Valerie Brown (USA) & Alan Lechusza Aquallo (Turtle Island/USA...

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Buddhist tips for mental wellbeing in London

Thu, 28 Oct, 2021 - 09:51

Buddhist tips for mental wellbeing in London

Thu, 28 Oct, 2021 - 09:51

During the pandemic the UK’s much-loved National Health Service (NHS) has been developing online resources to support mental wellbeing in London, with the help of the major religions present in London.

The project ’Good thinking: digital wellbeing for London’ offers a wide range of free online help including problems with sleep, low mood, stress; also for parents, young people, employers and employees.

In the ‘Faith and belief communities’ section you’ll find ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing and Buddhism’, the ‘Good Thinking’ project’s resources developed...

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European Buddhist Union annual gathering 2021

Sat, 23 Oct, 2021 - 12:23

European Buddhist Union annual gathering 2021

Sat, 23 Oct, 2021 - 12:23

Triratna is a longstanding member of the European Buddhist Union (EBU) and as Triratna’s Liaison officer I have attended its annual meetings since 2012. Held on the last weekend of September every year, they’re hosted by one or other of the member organisations, often in retreat centres. 2018 saw them at Adhisthana.

This year we met at Istituto Lama Tsong Khapa in Tuscany, Italy, a centre run by the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana (FPMT), with...

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International Western Dharma Teacher Gathering 20-24 October

Fri, 15 Oct, 2021 - 12:18

International Western Dharma Teacher Gathering 20-24 October

Fri, 15 Oct, 2021 - 12:18

Still places available for the online International Western Dharma Teacher Gathering starting next week, Thursday-Sunday 20-24 October; also bursary places available.

On the Thursday Munisha (Triratna Liaison officer and ECA Safeguarding officer) will be giving a presentation on ‘Preventing harm in Buddhist communities and addressing it when it happens’, with a panel comprising Jan Chozen Bays, Lama Willa Miller and Scott Edelstein, author of Sex and the Spiritual Teacher: Why it Happens, When it’s a Problem and What We Can All Do.

Other...

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Vesakh Greetings from the Vatican

Tue, 1 Jun, 2021 - 13:14

Vesakh Greetings from the Vatican

Tue, 1 Jun, 2021 - 13:14

The Catholic Church’s Pontifical Council For Interreligious Dialogue recently published its annual message for the feast of Vesakh, headed
‘Buddhists and Christians: Promoting a Culture of Care and Solidarity’.