This is Part 2 of the interview with Ratnaguna (16 mins). Part 1 is here!
This is Part 1 of the interview Gerry did with Ratnaguna (37 mins) as part of the series of Sangha Nights re: Going beyond Secular Mindfulness. (Part 2 is here.)
Many thanks to Ratnaguna for agreeing to this and giving his time so generously.
Vidyamala’s talk is based on her personal experience of using Mindfulness for the management of pain. She talks about the potential to move beyond becoming a happy healthy human being. What is the potential for the tens of thousands of people who have gone through the 8 week Mindfulness programme? How do you open the doorway to the other profound teachings of the Buddha?
This talk was given as part of a series of interviews and talks that Triratna Buddhist Community Highlands used to explore the notion of going beyond secular Mindfulness. The audience was the Sangha community and the local secular Mindfulness community.
This was a Triratna News post on 12th September 2017, bringing together two publications we would like to make available here.
One is a written statement signed by senior members of the Order including Bhante; the other is a BBC radio broadcast from Vishvapani earlier today.
It is a Triratna principle that no one of us can speak for all, which means this Statement is a personal statement signed individually by senior Order members and local Order members and Mitras. It is not a ‘Triratna statement’.
Statement on Buddhist-led violence against Muslims in Burma/Myanmar 2017
As a Buddhist, I am utterly opposed to the encouragement of violence and discrimination against Muslims in Burma
and elsewhere in the name of Buddhism.
Violence and discrimination led by Buddhists against non-Buddhist minorities is also well documented in other
countries, including Sri Lanka.
There can be no Buddhist justification for such violence. To engage in or incite violence motivated by hatred and
prejudice goes against the teachings of the Buddha and is a fundamental breach of Buddhist ethical principles,
including Buddhist monastic vows.
In particular, the five ethical precepts taught by the Buddha express the principle of ahimsa, or non-harming. They
are an undertaking to train in compassion – in our actions, in our words and even in thought.
Furthermore, the Buddha urged his followers to cultivate loving kindness – not simply for one’s family or ethnic
group, but for strangers and those with whom we are in dispute.
• I urge all Buddhists, including my Burmese brothers and sisters, to join me in expressing abhorrence of violence
led by Buddhists.
• I urge Burmese Buddhist leaders to do everything in their power to halt the anti-Muslim violence in their country.
• I also urge Burmese Buddhist leaders to take immediate action to call to account Buddhist monks who have
encouraged or taken part in violence or discrimination, physical or verbal.
• I call upon the government of Myanmar (Burma) to allow: freedom of movement to all citizens including Muslims;
unlimited access to humanitarian aid for all displaced citizens; and the immediate release of all detained
Muslims unless charged with an internationally recognised crime.
Signed in a personal capacity,
Venerable Urgyen Sangharakshita, Founder of the Triratna Buddhist Order, UK
Dhammachari Amrutdeep, Member of the Triratna Buddhist Order, Public Preceptor & Order Convenor,
Dharmachari Dhammarati, Member of the Triratna Buddhist Order, Public Preceptor, UK and North
Dharmachari Mahamati, Member of the Triratna Buddhist Order, Public Preceptor, UK
Dharmacharini Parami, Member of the Triratna Buddhist Order, Public Preceptor, UK, Spain and Latin
Dharmachari Saddhaloka, Member of the Triratna Buddhist Order, Public Preceptor, UK
Dharmachari Subhuti, Member of the Triratna Buddhist Order, Public Preceptor, UK and India
Dhammacharini Vijaya, Member of the Triratna Buddhist Order, Private Preceptor, India
Also signed in a personal capacity by members of Highland Triratna Buddhist Community
GFR Mitra Alison Shearer
GFR Mitra Gerry Beasley
GFR Mitra Teen Ross
Mitra Sara Bradley
Mitra Rosemary Smith
Mitra Johanna Schuster
GFR Mitra Alan Richards
GFR Mitra Liz Long
The Triratna Buddhist Order (formerly the Western Buddhist Order) was founded in London, UK in 1968 by the
Venerable Urgyen Sangharakshita. It is a worldwide Buddhist order numbering over 2000 women and men in 28 countries
including India. www.thebuddhistcentre.com
Below is the talk given by Visvapani on Radio 4 ‘Thought for the Day’.
Would you like to find out more about Buddhism? Would you like to try meditation in company with others? Here at the Triratna Highlands Buddhist Centre we offer a number of ways for you to engage.
You could try our Lunchtime Meditation sessions which run on Tuesdays, 1.00 pm to 2.00 pm. You could call in for a cuppa and a chat at one of our Drop In sessions, also on Tuesdays, between 2.00pm and 4.00pm. You could come along to one of our Sangha Night events (Sangha simply means Buddhist community), which run on Thursdays, 7pm to 9pm.
We periodically run a six-week Introduction to Buddhism and Meditation course. Please keep an eye on the web site for details of when we will next run this course.
Whatever your level of interest, you will be most welcome. For full details of what is on or coming up, go to Classes & Events and check under Classes, Drop ins, and Sangha Night