Women-only activities enable women to practise Buddhism under the guidance of women Order members. If a woman wishes to join the Triratna Buddhist Order, it will be largely on the basis of friendships with other more experienced women who can help her towards that step and one of them (her preceptor) will ordain her.
After a few series of Going Deeper classes (Tuesdays) or some months at Sangha Night (Thursdays) you may wish to join a group on a Monday evening to study the Foundation Course (initially for 10 weeks, with an option to continue for the whole year). A woman Order member will lead a group of 8-10, a situation which fosters the kind of trust and companionship that leads to progress and depth. Ask Maitrisara (email@example.com) if you would like to know more. (You may have to wait a few months for a place in a Monday group to become available.)
Following the Foundation Course is a 3-year course for Mitras. A Mitra (‘friend’) is someone who has made a commitment, at a special ceremony, to practise as a Buddhist in the Triratna Buddhist Community. There is more information about becoming a Mitra here. Please get in touch with Maitrisara if you would like to talk about this.
Midland Women’s Weekend Retreat: Meeting the Bodhisattvas14-16 December (booking required)
This retreat at Adhisthana, near Malvern, is open to women familiar with the two meditation practices we teach in Triratna. Led by Khemasiri, Vidyasara and Maitrisara, it brings together women from the Nottingham, Leicester and Birmingham sanghas.
What is a Bodhisattva and why is this symbol pivotal to our understanding of Buddhist practice? What does it means to feel the influence of the Bodhisattva in our every day decisions and dilemmas?
There will be two talks with the theme The Bodhisattva – Alive in the Everyday, meditation, Buddhist ritual (dedicated to Kuan Yin and Green Tara), group discussions, a chanting harmony workshop and plenty of time to enjoy Adhisthana’s atmosphere as a hub of Triratna’s activities in the world.
To book please email Khemadana at firstname.lastname@example.org and pay the deposit £40. The total cost is £100 (£65 low income rate).