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.
Women’s Course: The Brahma ViharasStarts Monday 16 April 7.30pm
Mondays 16 April-21 May, 7.30-9.30pm
Led by Maitrisara, Bodhinita, Nagadevi, Sagarasri, Pasannamati, Singhamati and Moksacitta
The Brahma Viharas are a beautiful mandala of meditation practices based on the metta bhavana. As metta meets suffering, compassion arises; as metta meets joy, gladness arises; as metta opens its wisdom eye to the nature of things, equanimity arises. Each week we will be focusing on a different meditation.
The women’s study groups will be merged for this course and other women not currently attending a study group, providing they know the metta bhavana meditation, are more than welcome to join us.
No charge – please make a donation when you come to the Buddhist Centre.
The evenings will be most beneficial if you attend all (or most) of them but it will be possible also to come to a few or just one.
16 April – Positive Emotion and the Mandala
23 April – Metta
30 April – Karuna
7 May – Mudita
14 May – Upeksha
21 May – The Female Jinas