The organisers write: “A wonderful opportunity for Buddhists from all traditions and backgrounds to meet and get to know each other and discuss how Buddhism is progressing in the UK in all its magnificent diversity.”
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Both attended teachings by Sangharakshita in the 1960s; Rigdzin Shikpo may be better known to Triratna readers as Mike Hookham, one of the ‘Three Musketeers’ mentioned in Bhante’s memoirs, Moving Against the Stream.
The European Buddhist Union’s international conference, “Buddhist Chaplaincy in Europe”, will take place in Rome, at Sapienza University and online on 24th-25th June 2023.
Pre-conference workshops will take place on 23rd June.
The purpose of the conference is to develop, organize and support Buddhist chaplaincy in Europe in order to provide support, training opportunities and materials for those engaged in Buddhist chaplaincy, and to identify spiritual and pastoral needs within Buddhist communities to encourage broader community cohesion and social integration.
The death was announced yesterday of Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche, who co-founded Kopan Monastery, Wisdom Publications, and the international organisation known as the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT). He was 76.
A teacher of the Gelug school of Buddhism, Lama Zopa was born in the Mount Everest region of Thami in 1946 and left Tibet in 1959 for Bhutan after the Chinese occupation.
The FPMT today comprises 160 Dharma centres and projects across 37 countries.
The last weekend of September saw the annual 3-day meeting of the European Buddhist Union (EBU), followed by the meeting of Buddhist Teachers in Europe. I attended as Triratna’s Liaison officer it was a pleasure to have my old friend Vassika there for both meetings, from Triratna Paris.
Every year in May the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue sends its annual message to Buddhists worldwide, to mark the festival we know as Buddha Day in Triratna, also known as Wesak or Vesakh.
This year’s message is entitled ‘Buddhists and Christians: Standing Together in Hopeful Resilience’.