Triratna Buddhist Community
Triratna Buddhist Community was started in 1968 by Sangharakshita, an Englishman who had practiced as a Buddhist monk in the East for 20 years before bringing Buddhism to the West. There are now nearly 100 Triratna Centres in 27 countries around the world run by Members of the Triratna Buddhist Order.
Members of the Triratna Buddhist Community aim to practice and present a form of Buddhism that is grounded in the core teachings and practices that underlie all the different ethnic schools of Buddhism. We are not Tibetan Buddhists, Zen Buddhists, Theravada Buddhists, Nichiren Buddhists, or Pure Land Buddhists — we are simply Buddhists, basing ourselves on the core teachings, but open to the richness of the whole tradition.
Apart from urban Buddhist Centres members of the Triratna Buddhist Community also run:
- Residential communities where members can live and practice together
- Team-based Right Livelihood businesses in which Buddhist principles are applied to working in the ‘real’ world.
- Rural retreat centres
- Buddhafield festival style retreats
- Mindfulness based cognitive therapy classes
- Yoga, Alexander technique and Feldenkrais workshops
Triratna Buddhist Order
At the heart of the Triratna Buddhist Community is the Triratna Buddhist Order. The Triratna Buddhist Order is a spiritual community of people who have pledged themselves to following the Buddhist path to Enlightenment. Order Members have made that commitment – traditionally known as Going for Refuge to the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha – the central point of their lives. In particular, they have chosen to make the Triratna Buddhist Order the context in which they are trying to live ever more deeply imbued by Wisdom and Compassion.
The Triratna Buddhist Order is a radical alternative to most forms of Buddhism in Asia, where practitioners are either monastic or lay. Our Order is open to anyone – regardless of race, sexual orientation, or gender identification – who is sincerely and effectively committed to the Buddhist path. Order members try to lead a wholehearted Buddhist life, bring a dharmic perspective to all aspects of their life. They are not monks or nuns. What matters is not the lifestyle that Order members adopt but the spiritual commitment they have made: commitment is primary, lifestyle is secondary.