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 (usually Tuesdays or 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 Day Retreat: Deepening Metta by Practising Compassion and Rejoicing in Merits
Sunday 12 February, 10.00am – 5.00pm
A day retreat with Kulajalini and Maitrisara exploring how to meet suffering in ourselves and others and transform it through compassion (karuna). Also how to find more confidence and positivity towards ourselves and others through rejoicing in positive qualities and good deeds (mudita).
This day builds on the Why Self Metta Matters event last year and would be a good next step, though you don’t need to have attended that one to come to this.
Open to those who have been attending the Buddhist Centre for at least 6 months.
Bring vegetarian or vegan food to share.
No charge – please make a donation.