Thursday, May 06, 2010

First ordinations into Triratna Buddhist Order

Maitreyi writes with news of the first ordinations of 2010 - and the first into Triratna Buddhist Order since its change of name. She says -

“The following ordinations took place on May 1st at the Brighton Buddhist Centre - the first ordinations into our Order as the Triratna Buddhist Order!

“Trey Gilbey becomes Sahajatara (Sanskrit; bar over last two 'a's; Westernised version Sahajatara), meaning 'She who has an affinity with Tara'. Her Private Preceptor was Maitreyi, and her Public Preceptor Parami

“Debbie Weight becomes Upeksadevi (Sanskrit; dot under 's', bar over 'a' and 'i'; Westernised version Upekshadevi), meaning 'Goddess of equanimity'. Her Private Preceptor was Ratnadakini, and her Public Preceptor Maitreyi”.

Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!

In addition there’s news of a forthcoming ordination in America: Tejavani writes from Missoula, Montana, to say -

“The public ordination of Chris Eyer from the Missoula Sangha will take place on Saturday, June 5th, 2010 at 1:00 pm in Missoula.. Due to space considerations, it will be held at 121 West Main Street (Downtown Dance Collective) rather than at the Center. Dhammarati will conduct the public ceremony.

“If you would like to attend the public ceremony, you would be most warmly welcomed. Please plan to arrive no later than 12:45 pm. If you are coming from out-of-town, please let Tejavani know by May 22nd to ensure space will be available for you. (; phone: 406-550-4679) If you need assistance with housing for the ordination, please contact Tom Allyn (; phone: 406-240-9655)”



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