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About Triratna

Triratna Buddhist Order (formerly known as the Western Buddhist Order) is an international network of committed Buddhists founded in 1967 by Sangharakshita, an Englishman who lived and studied with many prominent teachers in the East over the previous 20 years. For more information about our Movement go to thebuddhistcentre.com


The essence of Buddhism is universal and timeless, but the forms through which that essence is expressed are always evolving in new circumstances and cultures. Triratna began as a response to the issues faced by modern 'western' society. During its short history, it's developed into one of the largest and most vibrant Buddhist movements, with activities in many cities and rural retreat centres around the world.


All our events are led by members of the Triratna Buddhist Order, committed Buddhists ordained within the movement and dedicated to communicating the Dharma, the teachings of the Buddha.

What does it mean to be 'Ordained'?


The Triratna Buddhist Order is a spiritual community of people who have pledged themselves to following the Buddhist path to Awakening. Order Members have made this commitment – traditionally known as Going for Refuge to the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha – the central point of their lives. In particular, they have chosen to make the Triratna Buddhist Order the context in which they are trying to live ever more deeply imbued with wisdom and compassion.


The Order aims to be a free association of individuals working towards a common goal. It is founded on the principle that spiritual community can be created only by free will and mutual aspiration, never by coercion. Therefore there are no rules in the Order, and all decisions made by bodies within the Order are made by consensus.


Every Order Member undertakes to practise a traditional set of ten ethical precepts, expressing basic moral principles as applied to all actions of body, speech and mind. All Order Members take the same precepts, and practise on an equal basis.

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