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 Maitrimati (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 Maitrimati if you would like to talk about this.
More Precious than the Rarest Gem: Midlands Women’s Weekend Retreat10-12 December (booking necessary)
Friday 10 – Sunday 12 December
at Adhisthana, near Malvern
with Khemasiri, Satyamegha and Maitrimati
Cost: £120 or £80 low income
Once again we are able to go on retreat in person in Adhisthana with women in the Birmingham, Nottingham and Leicester sanghas. We’ll explore the theme of beauty and impermanence using Tsongkhapa’s verses ‘The Human Body’ through meditation and reflection, puja and ritual, talks and groups.
Open to women friends, mitras and Order members. Retreatants need to have at least attended an introductory course at their local Triratna Centre and be familiar with the Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana meditation practices. Book here.