I do love our emphasis on friendship and community.
Also, we are very queer-friendly, and have a unique emphasis on women ordaining women.

~ Padmadharini, Triratna Order Member

Triratna Worldwide

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

Aryaloka Retreat Center
14 Heartwood Circle
New Hampshire
NH 03857
(603) 659 5456

Aryaloka website

Boston Triratna Buddhist Community
620 Massachusetts Ave
MA 02139
email: ask@bostontriratna.org
Boston Triratna homepage

Lubec Maine Triratna group
Dharmachari Gunopeta
RR 1 Box 3010
Lubec, ME 04652
phone (207) 733-2194

Triratna NYC
Greenwich Village (Sullivan St.)
New York, NY 10012
(212) 749-0942
email: info@triratna-nyc.org
Triratna NYC Home Page

1 Forest Avenue
Portland, ME 04101
+1 207 774 1545
email: KwinterKWS@verizon.net
Nagaloka Buddhist Center

Rocky Mountian Triratna
540 South Second West
Missoula, MT 59801
(406) 728-9232
email: enquiries@fwbomissoula.org
Rocky Mountain Triratna website

SFBC San Francisco Buddhist Center
37 Bartlett Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 282 2018
email: a migo@sfbuddhistcenter.org
San Francisco Buddhist Center webpages

Seattle Buddhist Center
3315 Beacon Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 726-0051
email sttlfwbo@aol.com
Seattle Buddhist Centre Pages


Montreal Buddhist Group
4867 Rue Jean-Brillant
Montreal, Quebec H3W IT5
email: rphayes@aol.com

Vancouver Buddhist Centre
1871 East 7th Avenue
Vancouver, B.C. V5N 1S1
(604) 877 0269
email: fwbovancouver@hotmail.com




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