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College of Public Preceptors
College of Public Preceptors

Eight Guidelines | Spiritual Friendship

By akasajoti on Mon, 13 Sep, 2021 - 11:21

Eight Guidelines | Spiritual Friendship

By akasajoti on Mon, 13 Sep, 2021 - 11:21

Subhadramati and Vajrashura, from London (UK) and Dublin (Ireland), reflect on the practice of spiritual friendship and the value of community, in the fifth in a series of informal, personal, conversations between Public Preceptors about the Eight Guidelines for Ordination Training.

The Eight Guidelines offer a framework through which Order Members and Mitras can reflect on and communicate about their going for refuge and process of training for Ordination into the Triratna Buddhist Order. In this series, members of the Preceptors’...

College of Public Preceptors
College of Public Preceptors

Chairs' Letter – July 2021

By punyamala on Sat, 31 Jul, 2021 - 14:25

Chairs' Letter – July 2021

By punyamala on Sat, 31 Jul, 2021 - 14:25

Dear Order Members and friends,

Ratnadharini has been encouraging the College deputies to write this monthly letter occasionally, so I agreed to take the plunge this month!

July started with an international, online weekend meeting of the College. Since I became a public preceptor in 2015 the College has met twice a year in March and November so it is a new development to meet in the summer. The meeting worked well and I appreciated connecting with the other public preceptors. Due to the...

College of Public Preceptors
College of Public Preceptors

Public Preceptor Appointment: Vajratara

By akasajoti on Mon, 26 Jul, 2021 - 17:23

Public Preceptor Appointment: Vajratara

By akasajoti on Mon, 26 Jul, 2021 - 17:23

Dear friends,

The College of Public Preceptors is delighted to announce the appointment of Vajratara as a Public Preceptor.

Vajratara is 43 years old. She encountered the Dharma while still at school, was ordained in 2004, and became a private preceptor in 2016. She was in Sheffield for many years where she lived in a community, worked in the Evolution shop, and then taught at the Centre. She is currently a member of the women’s ordination team at Tiratanaloka, where she’s been for about...

College of Public Preceptors
College of Public Preceptors

Eight Guidelines | The Mythic Context

By akasajoti on Tue, 20 Jul, 2021 - 10:56

Eight Guidelines | The Mythic Context

By akasajoti on Tue, 20 Jul, 2021 - 10:56

Maitreyi and Padmasuri, both from the UK, discuss their personal stories about connecting with the mythic context of dharma practice in the fourth in a series of informal, personal, conversations between Public Preceptors about the Eight Guidelines for Ordination Training.

The Eight Guidelines offer a framework through which Order Members and Mitras can reflect on and communicate about their going for refuge and process of training for Ordination into the Triratna Buddhist Order. In this series, members of the Preceptors’ College...

College of Public Preceptors
College of Public Preceptors

Eight Guidelines | Understanding the Dharma

By akasajoti on Thu, 15 Jul, 2021 - 12:27

Eight Guidelines | Understanding the Dharma

By akasajoti on Thu, 15 Jul, 2021 - 12:27

Jnanavaca and Maitreyabandhu, from London, UK, discuss the process of studying and understanding Sangharakshita’s distinctive presentation of the Dharma, in the third in a series of informal, personal, conversations between Public Preceptors about the Eight Guidelines for Ordination Training in Triratna.

The Eight Guidelines offer a framework through which Order Members and Mitras can reflect on and communicate about their going for refuge and process of training for Ordination into the Triratna Buddhist Order. In this series, members of the Preceptors’...

College of Public Preceptors
College of Public Preceptors

Chairs' Letter – June 2021

By ratnadharini on Wed, 30 Jun, 2021 - 23:07

Chairs' Letter – June 2021

By ratnadharini on Wed, 30 Jun, 2021 - 23:07

Dear Order Members and friends,

Yesterday the public ordinations of another eight women took place at Adhisthana, while the church bells rang out across the fields from Coddington steeple. Sadly I was not able to be in the shrine room at the time, as I was in a zoom meeting, but it’s been delightful seeing the new Dharmacharini’s emerge into the beautiful Adhisthana context.

In fact meetings of various kinds seem to have been the flavour...

College of Public Preceptors
College of Public Preceptors

Chairs' Letter - April 2021

By Amrutdeep on Fri, 30 Apr, 2021 - 18:40

Chairs' Letter - April 2021

By Amrutdeep on Fri, 30 Apr, 2021 - 18:40

Dear Order Members and Friends,

I have asked each of my deputies to contribute to these letters, and it seemed appropriate that Amrutdeep would write this month, from India. Amrutdeep was ordained in 1992 and has been a Public Preceptor for eight years, and I’ve very much enjoyed and appreciated getting to know him as we work alongside each other in the College. He is thoughtful and wise, kindly and ethical, and tireless in his practice of the...

College of Public Preceptors
College of Public Preceptors

Chairs' Letter – March 2021

By ratnadharini on Wed, 31 Mar, 2021 - 15:23

Chairs' Letter – March 2021

By ratnadharini on Wed, 31 Mar, 2021 - 15:23

Dear Order members and friends,

The main international College meeting is in November and this year we are also meeting for a weekend in March and July, as well as parallel gatherings in our individual College Kulas. (The Kula system is intentionally flexible, to allow for the different number of people training for ordination in different parts of the world, as well as the geographic spread of Public Preceptors in each Kula.) 

Apart from the option...

College of Public Preceptors
College of Public Preceptors

Sangharakshita + the Gestalt

By akasajoti on Wed, 31 Mar, 2021 - 14:44

Sangharakshita + the Gestalt

By akasajoti on Wed, 31 Mar, 2021 - 14:44

You asked, ‘What is this transient pattern?’
If we tell the truth of it, it will be a long story;
It is a pattern that came out of the ocean
And in a moment returned to the ocean depth.


– Omar Khayyam
the epigraph in The Rainbow Road

A series of personal reminiscences from some Public Preceptors, on the theme of Sangharakshita + the Gestalt. These were shared during a couple of sessions of the...

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