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 (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.
Midland Women’s Weekend Retreat: Sraddha, Faith and Confidence13-15 December (booking necessary)
This retreat is filling fast – just a few places left
“Call forth as much of love, of respect and of faith.”
This retreat at Adhisthana, near Malvern, will explore the practice of faith and how it permeates our life.
Led by Vidyasara and Khemasiri, it is open to women familiar with the two meditation practices we teach in Triratna.
To book please email Visarada at email@example.com and pay the deposit £45. The total cost is £110 (£70 low income rate).