The Triratna Buddhist Community was founded as the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order (FWBO) in London in 1967. The movement’s purpose is to create the conditions for the effective practice of Buddhism in modern society. At it’s inception, it was a Western Buddhist movement in that it brought Buddhist teachings and practice to the West, and helped Westerners connect with Buddhism on familiar terms. Today, however, Triratna is a truly global movement, with tremendous numbers in India and elsewhere, which creates a varied and energetic tradition of practice.
The Triratna movement was founded by Urgyen Sangharakshita, who was born in England in 1925 and who spent twenty years in Asia as a Buddhist monk and scholar. He studied under teachers of the Theravada, Chinese Ch’an, and Tibetan Vajrayana traditions. He returned to the West in the 1960’s and presented a body of Buddhist teachings that were particularly suited to Western practitioners.
Triratna, in its early days as FWBO, was born in London and grew in England and Wales. Today there are Triratna centers and sanghas throughout the world, on every continent. Triratna is truly a vibrant, global community.
The name Triratna means ‘three jewels’ in Sanskrit. The three jewels of Buddhism are the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha, the three central foci of Buddhist practice. The Buddha is the historical founder of Buddhism, and the ideal of Enlightenment that he represents. The Dharma is the teachings of the path to Enlightenment. The Sangha is the spiritual community, both in the sense of the local group of practitioners and in the larger sense of the global community of Buddhists.
List of Triratna projects worldwide
the buddhist center: a space for your practice
Triratna North America
Lubec Maine Triratna group
RR 1 Box 3010
Lubec, ME 04652
phone (207) 733-2194
Montreal Buddhist Group
4867 Rue Jean-Brillant
Montreal, Quebec H3W IT5
email: [email protected]