News and reviews from across the worldwide Triratna Buddhist Community (formerly known as the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order (FWBO) and Trailokya Bauddha Mahasangha Sahayaka Gana (TBMSG) in India)
June 3rd saw the three small Triratna Buddhist Sanghas in the West of Ireland coming together to celebrate their fifth mitra ceremony, welcoming Pat Youell from Westport into their number. The Ballina Hotel provided the venue, Sinhaketu - founder and principle teacher for all groups - was the celebrant, and Lokabandhu from the Triratna Development team, who happened to be visiting, managed to video the proceedings.
Pat joins approximately 10,000 Mitras around the world, including 2,000 in the UK and some 7,000 in India. Triratna activities in the West of Ireland are held weekly at Belmullet, Ballina, and Westport.
The Triratna Buddhist Community - formerly known as the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order (FWBO) - was founded in 1967 by Sangharakshita. It is now an international movement with activities in more than 20 countries, including India. The Triratna Buddhist Community is a non-sectarian Buddhist movement which seeks promote the practice of Buddhism in a form appropriate to the modern world.
Triratna means "Three Jewels", specifically the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha, which are the central foci of a Buddhist's life and practice. They've long been represented in our logo and we're delighted that our name will now reflect them as well.