Buddhism

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Buddhism is a spiritual path that helps us become more integrated and cultivates more positive mental states and emotional warmth. This helps us to lead more meaningful, fulfilled and less self-centred lives, allowing us to become less reactive and more creative with our life choices.

The spiritual tradition we call Buddhism was started by the Buddha about 2500 years ago in northern India. Since his death, Buddhism has adapted to many different societies, finding ways of expressing the Buddha’s experience in different cultures and historical periods.

The Triratna Tradition

The Triratna Buddhist Community draws from the vast, rich Buddhist tradition of core teachings and practices that underlie all the different schools of Buddhism. So we are simply Buddhist practitioners, basing our practice on the core teachings but open to the whole of the Buddhist tradition.

The Triratna Buddhist Community sees the commitment to the Buddha, Dharma (the Buddha’s teaching) and the Sangha (the community of practitioners), as being what defines one as a Buddhist. This commitment can be practiced in a variety of lifestyles, so ordination into the Triratna Buddhist Community does not mean becoming a monk or nun and is open on an equal basis to both men and women.

Our approach to practice emphasises integration, positive emotion, spiritual death, spiritual rebirth and receptivity. Friendship and meditation support this practice.

Events and Classes

Find out more about Buddhism at one of our classes or events.