18 Dec. 2018 – Three Poets at City Gallery
1 Nov. 2018 – Death of Urgyen Sangharakshita
3 Sep. 2018 – Vimalasara visiting Wellington
14 Feb. 2018 – Australia and New Zealand Young Buddhist Coordinator
14 Sep. 2017 – Violence under the name of ‘Buddhism’ is not Buddhism
28 Jun. 2017 – Vulnerable Adult Protection Policy and Guidelines
28 Jun. 2017 – Child Protection Policy and Guidelines
17 December 2018
Three Poets at City Gallery
In December there was an enjoyable evening at Wellington City Gallery with Maitreyabandhu from the London Buddhist Centre. He was talking with two Wellington poets, Bill Manhire and Jenny Bornholdt, who were reading and talking about their poetry.
If you missed this event you can listen to it here:
1 November 2018
Death of Urgyen Sangharakshita
With great sadness we inform you of the passing away of Urgyen Sangharakshita, the founder of the Triratna Buddhist Community. He died yesterday, 30 October 2018, at approximately 10.00 p.m. NZST in Hereford Hospital UK. Sangharakshita had been diagnosed with pneumonia and yesterday the Consultant said that he had sepsis from which recovery is not possible. He was 93.
This week the Sub35 Group, the Men’s Study Group and the Friends Study Group classes have all been cancelled. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday early morning meditations are continuing.
There are events planned at the Centre for Wednesday (Order only, last night), Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Tonight at 7pm there will be a special puja to Bhante that Suryagita will lead and it is open to all the Sangha.
There will also be special pujas on Friday and Saturday evening starting at 7pm. Everyone is invited to these events.
The funeral and burial will take place at Adhisthana in Herefordshire, UK on Saturday 10 November (about 1am Sunday 11 November NZST). Details about practical arrangements for the UK funeral will be posted on The Buddhist Centre online soon.
3 September 2018
Vimalasara visiting Wellington
Vimalasara (Dr Valerie Mason-John) will be visiting Wellington from 4 – 16 November 2018.
Vimalasara is the chairperson of Triratna’s Vancouver Buddhist Centre. She is the author of eight books, including her dharma books: Detox Your Heart (working with anger, fear and hatred) and the award-winning book, Eight Step Recovery: Using The Buddha’s Teachings to Overcome Addiction. She was ordained in India 2005, and her name means ‘she whose essence is stainless and pure’.
Vimalasara works as a public speaker, and a trainer in leadership, anti-bullying, restorative justice and Mindfulness Based Addiction Recovery (MBAR). She has also been leading retreats for over 15 years on the themes of: Working with Emotional Trauma, Mindfulness and Loving Kindness, Four Basic Needs of the Heart – Attention, Affection, Appreciation, Acceptance, Working with Addiction, Eight Step Recovery, Mindfulness-Based Addiction Recovery, Conflict Resolution and Leadership.
During her time here, she will be involved in a number of activities including:
* Tuesday 6 November – Giving a presentation at the Wellington Buddhist Centre entitled “Why Meditate?”
* Friday 9 – Sunday 11 November – Leading a weekend retreat at Strathean for members of the WBC Sangha and 8-step recovery group with the theme “Compassionate Dharma – Freedom from our past”
* Monday 12 November – Leading an evening workshop for people in the recovery community looking at “The Vicious Cycle of Addiction”.
* Tuesday 13 November – Giving a public talk at 7 pm on at the St Andrew’s Centre entitled “Mindfulness: an Antidote to Stinking Thinking and Addiction”
14 May 2018
Young Buddhist Coordinator for Australia and New Zealand appointed
Dhammakumara has been appointed to the position of Young Buddhist Coordinator for Australia and New Zealand. He comes to us from the UK and was ordained in 2017 at the age of 25 years and he is currently the youngest Order Member in the Triratna Buddhist Order. Dhammakumara is a Pali name which translates as Prince of the Dhamma. We look forward to Dhammakumara starting this position in the second half of the year after he has had some time to organise his affairs in the UK and we wish him every success in this exciting job.
Many thanks to the Future Dharma Fund for funding this 12-month (2 days a week) position to support and coordinate young peoples’ activities in Aotearoa / New Zealand and Australia.
A message from Dhammakumara
I’m really excited to be taking on a this role for New Zealand and Australia. I feel incredibly lucky to have found Triratna at such a young age – I first came along when I was 13 years old, asked for ordination at 20, and was ordained at 25, so to have the opportunity to not only give back to a movement which has given my life meaning, but be taking on a role which might benefit others in a similar way, is a great privilege.
It has also long been my desire to contribute to spreading the Dharma on a large scale, a desire which has been felt even more intensely since my ordination. I’m thrilled to be working across two countries and different centres.
I’m really looking forward to meeting the young people already involved in Australia and New Zealand. If you’re in the area and we haven’t had the opportunity to meet yet, drop me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
14 February 2018
Australia and New Zealand Young Buddhist Coordinator
Future Dharma Fund funding
Our funding request for an Australia and New Zealand Young Buddhist Coordinator was a success. FutureDharma have agreed to support someone two days a week for two years.
Click here for the Future Dharma Funds Triratna50 appeal video.
We want to make the Dharma available to more young people in the area and see greater depth of practice and commitment to the Triratna community among sub35 participants. Having a funded position and a more coordinated approach to the project will help us get there.
The funding also covers the the flight costs for Prajnaketu (or a member of UK/Europe Young Buddhist Steering Group) to visit Australia and New Zealand.
During February 2018 Wellington, Auckland, Sydney and Melbourne Triratna centres are working to finalise the position description and commence recruitment to fill this exciting new role.
If you’d like to be more closely involved with this initiative, please contact the Wellington Buddhist Centre.
14 September 2017
Violence under the name of ‘Buddhism’ is not Buddhism
If you are worried about the ever-worsening Buddhist-led violence against the mostly-Muslim Rohingya in Burma … so are we.
It is a principle of our Triratna Buddhist community that no single person can speak for us all, which means the following comments are personal statements made individually. They are not ‘Triratna statements’ even though other members of our Order may agree individually.
Personally, I believe that violence under the name of ‘Buddhism’ is not Buddhism. And it is really easy to find explicit teachings of the Buddha that make this point. I believe those who commit violent hateful actions in the name of ‘Buddhism’ have clearly put themselves outside the practises taught by the Buddha. For example, the famous lines below from the Dhammapada as translated by the founder of our Order (Ven. Sangharakshita).
Not by hatred are hatreds ever pacified here in the world.
They are pacified by love.
This is the eternal law.
For other statements from our Order, you can listen to Vishvapani’s BBC radio broadcast on the topic.
Or you can read the signed statement from our founder and senior members of the Triratna Buddhist Order.