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
Our community has attracted its fair share of criticism over the past 50 years, much of it valid and useful. Controversial issues involved have been widely debated over the years, and still are. There has also been controversy surrounding the past sexual activity of our founder, Urgyen Sangharakshita, and others.
To learn more about these criticism visit the questions about controversy page on thebuddhistcentre.com.