Newsletter - Editorial

From Vajrashura

January 2018

Dear Friends,

I hope this newsletter finds you well and happy in this holiday period. Jnanadhara is currently in New Zealand, visiting his family and friends, so it falls to me to write this editorial.

What the World Needs Now

One of the highlights for me of these past few months was a new course in the Centre, entitled What the World Needs Now, in which we explored issues the world faces today, such as rampant consumerism, environmental collapse, conflict and information overload. We also explored what the Buddhist response to these might look like.

What emerged very clearly is that most of these problems are caused, at root, by wrong views, polarisation, self-preoccupation and craving, and the Dharma is the response, the medicine, for these root causes. The world desperately needs the Dharma. It needs people cultivating awareness, loving-kindness, empathy, ethics, reverence, right view and friendship. Most especially it needs communities of people practising to manifest and exemplify a life lived for the Dharma, offering a coherent and sane response to the world. In such communities, our own individual efforts are magnified and echo out through the collective and into the wider world.

The Triratna Buddhist Order

The Triratna Buddhist Community is an attempt to be this response to the world’s problems, and in 2017 we celebrated 50 years since our community was formed by Sangharakshita. And we have another celebration coming up: at the heart of our community is the Triratna Buddhist Order, which will be 50 years old this coming April. This Order is also a coherent response to the world’s needs, and I am pleased to say that it continues to grow in Ireland.

On 30th September 2017, we had the first Public Ordination in Ireland, with Rijumuni (ex-Keith Hogan) joining the Order. This was a very special day, which we celebrated in the Sophia Centre in Dublin 8. Over eighty people were present to witness Rijumuni being ordained by his preceptors Khemadhamma and Saddhaloka, and to hear his name revealed to the world. ‘Rijumuni’ means ‘honest sage’, which is a lovely name for someone as open, kind and helpful as Rijumuni has consistently been in the many years that I have known him. Sadhu Rijumuni, and may all blessings be yours in your life in the Order!

I’m also delighted to say that Eileen McCarney has just been invited to go to Akashavana, Spain, to be ordained on the three-month retreat starting in April. Sadhu Eileen! We’ll be having a special night to send Eileen off on Friday 23rd March, so do come along if you can for that.

Also very significantly, Eileen will be ordained by Prajnagita, who will be her 'Private Preceptor'. Prajnagita was appointed as Private Preceptor earlier this year, the first one based in Ireland. Since then, I was also appointed as a Private Preceptor. And another positive note on the growth of the Order in Ireland is that we’ve had a further eight people in the DBC mandala ask to join the Order in 2017, so we are going from strength to strength!

Some Upcoming Events

In the next few months we have many courses and events coming up. At the end of February Jnanadhara will run a new course called Mindful Emotion. We’ll also have a weekend in March, led by Jutika, entitled Focusing: The Wisdom of the Body. Also in March, I’ll be running the Buddhism and Science Course once more, and Pavara and Jyotika will be running a longer Yoga and Meditation Retreat. And we’re relaunching the Young Buddhists Group as the Sub-35s evening. Details of all these and our other courses and events can be found on the events page.

Another Anniversary and a Fundraise

Finally, this April marks ten years of the DBC being in our current location – hurrah! Alongside this being a cause of celebration, we are keen to make some necessary improvements to the Centre, such as further soundproofing, improving the office space, replacing window blinds, and more. So we have launched a small fundraise to help with this, and if you feel you can help support us financially in this way, please go to our fundraise page (and you can also give in person in the DBC if you prefer).

Wishing you and yours a very happy festive season, and all the very best for the New Year.

Vajrashura.

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Newsletter - Editorial

From Vajrashura

January 2018

Dear Friends,

I hope this newsletter finds you well and happy in this holiday period. Jnanadhara is currently in New Zealand, visiting his family and friends, so it falls to me to write this editorial.

What the World Needs Now

One of the highlights for me of these past few months was a new course in the Centre, entitled What the World Needs Now, in which we explored issues the world faces today, such as rampant consumerism, environmental collapse, conflict and information overload. We also explored what the Buddhist response to these might look like.

What emerged very clearly is that most of these problems are caused, at root, by wrong views, polarisation, self-preoccupation and craving, and the Dharma is the response, the medicine, for these root causes. The world desperately needs the Dharma. It needs people cultivating awareness, loving-kindness, empathy, ethics, reverence, right view and friendship. Most especially it needs communities of people practising to manifest and exemplify a life lived for the Dharma, offering a coherent and sane response to the world. In such communities, our own individual efforts are magnified and echo out through the collective and into the wider world.

The Triratna Buddhist Order

The Triratna Buddhist Community is an attempt to be this response to the world’s problems, and in 2017 we celebrated 50 years since our community was formed by Sangharakshita. And we have another celebration coming up: at the heart of our community is the Triratna Buddhist Order, which will be 50 years old this coming April. This Order is also a coherent response to the world’s needs, and I am pleased to say that it continues to grow in Ireland.

On 30th September 2017, we had the first Public Ordination in Ireland, with Rijumuni (ex-Keith Hogan) joining the Order. This was a very special day, which we celebrated in the Sophia Centre in Dublin 8. Over eighty people were present to witness Rijumuni being ordained by his preceptors Khemadhamma and Saddhaloka, and to hear his name revealed to the world. ‘Rijumuni’ means ‘honest sage’, which is a lovely name for someone as open, kind and helpful as Rijumuni has consistently been in the many years that I have known him. Sadhu Rijumuni, and may all blessings be yours in your life in the Order!

I’m also delighted to say that Eileen McCarney has just been invited to go to Akashavana, Spain, to be ordained on the three-month retreat starting in April. Sadhu Eileen! We’ll be having a special night to send Eileen off on Friday 23rd March, so do come along if you can for that.

Also very significantly, Eileen will be ordained by Prajnagita, who will be her 'Private Preceptor'. Prajnagita was appointed as Private Preceptor earlier this year, the first one based in Ireland. Since then, I was also appointed as a Private Preceptor. And another positive note on the growth of the Order in Ireland is that we’ve had a further eight people in the DBC mandala ask to join the Order in 2017, so we are going from strength to strength!

Some Upcoming Events

In the next few months we have many courses and events coming up. At the end of February Jnanadhara will run a new course called Mindful Emotion. We’ll also have a weekend in March, led by Jutika, entitled Focusing: The Wisdom of the Body. Also in March, I’ll be running the Buddhism and Science Course once more, and Pavara and Jyotika will be running a longer Yoga and Meditation Retreat. And we’re relaunching the Young Buddhists Group as the Sub-35s evening. Details of all these and our other courses and events can be found on the events page.

Another Anniversary and a Fundraise

Finally, this April marks ten years of the DBC being in our current location – hurrah! Alongside this being a cause of celebration, we are keen to make some necessary improvements to the Centre, such as further soundproofing, improving the office space, replacing window blinds, and more. So we have launched a small fundraise to help with this, and if you feel you can help support us financially in this way, please go to our fundraise page (and you can also give in person in the DBC if you prefer).

Wishing you and yours a very happy festive season, and all the very best for the New Year.

Vajrashura.