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.
All-Together Women’s Evening Series
Stories from the Pali Canon: 7.30pm on April 1, 8, and 29, May 6, May 13 and 20
Open to all women who have completed an introduction to meditation and Buddhism course
with Nagadevi, Sagarasri, Danajoti, Bodhinita, Singhamati, Maitrisara, Jnanasiddhi, Suddhimani, Moksacitta and Pasannamati
This is the third year we have offered a six-week module of Dharma exploration for all women. All the regular Monday study groups will be suspended, enabling us all to come together with other women who have completed an introductory course (or equivalent) to look at the Pali Canon. This is earliest strata of Buddhist scripture – believed to be the closest to what the Buddha actually taught.
Each week, a pair of women Order members will introduce an extract and draw out what this ancient teaching can offer us in our lives today. In previous years the mingling of women with different levels of experience has created a rich environment for learning and creating connections within the women’s Sangha. Do come and join us.
No need to book. Evenings stand alone but do try to come to as many as you can. Please make a donation.
Women’s Swishing/Clothes Swap FundraiserMonday 8 April 6.00pm
Monday 8 April, 6.00pm – 7.30pm
Open to all women
How does it work? Arrive at 6pm with 3 items of clothes / jewellery / bags, etc., that you are happy to give away. Then spend time meeting friends old and new, drinking tea, eating CAKE, and looking at all the exciting gifts people have brought, trying things on, etc.
Around 6.40pm we will all take at item that we’d like (a great opportunity for generosity and letting go if we all want the same thing). Once everyone has something – hopefully that they love – we can take a further two items if we would like to. Any remaining items will be donated to a local charity shop.
So how does this raise money? There is a suggested donation of £5 for taking part!
This event is followed by the second All-Together Women’s Evening: Stories from the Pali Canon at 7.30pm (open to all women who have completed an introductory course at the Buddhist Centre).