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Cornwall Triratna Buddhist Meditation Group

Triratna

The Triratna Buddhist Community was founded in London in 1968 by Sangharakshita. Having originally taken ordination as a Theravadin Bhikkhu in India, during his twenty years practicing Buddhism on the Indo-Tibetan border he went on to take initiations from a number of the Lamas escaping the Chinese occupation of Tibet. When he returned to England, he experienced first-hand the limited context in which Westerners had to practice the Dharma and his response was to found a new Buddhist movement. Originally known as the FWBO (Friends of the Western Buddhist Order), it changed its name to Triratna in May 2010.

Bringing Buddhism into an entirely new culture implied to Sangharakshita that we needed to go back to basics — to look at the principles underlying all forms of Buddhism and work out how best to apply them in this new context. So, Triratna is an ecumenical movement, aligned to no one traditional school, but drawing on the whole stream of Buddhist inspiration. The Triratna Buddhist Community has evolved new structures that allow people to live out Buddhist teachings as an authentic Buddhist way of life in the 21st century. For example, Triratna has many public centres where meditation is taught, and promotes ‘Right Livelihood’ projects in which Buddhists can work together and turn their work into a spiritual practice.

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In the Buddha’s time there was no mass media to compete with — no televison or Internet. The Buddha never had to be concerned about globalisation or global warming. But Triratna is exploring how the Buddha’s teaching of human potential is still crucially important, how Buddhists can be socially engaged and contribute to a better world.
 
In the last 40 years the Triratna Buddhist Community has grown into a movement with dozens of centres all over the world. And not only in the West — Triratna has a substantial presence in India, as well as Dharma activities in other developing countries. Sangharakshita has now handed-on responsibility for the Triratna’s spiritual vitality to his followers. The Triratna Buddhist Community and Order are entering a new phase of growth and consolidation, learning from, and building upon its history, and developing into a broad-based, mature and experienced spiritual community. It is playing a significant role in bringing Buddhism to the West.

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