Through talks, interviews and articles, College members express their understanding of the Dharma and share their inspiration with the wider sangha.
The College is made up of individuals, each of whom has dedicated his or her life to the Buddhist path within the context of the Triratna community. They have years of experience meditating, studying, developing friendship and helping to build and strengthen their community.
This section provides an opportunity to hear from them and the issues that propel their spiritual lives.
TALKS & INTERVIEWS
Exploring Insight: Sadhana and the Goal of Life
In this talk given at Padmaloka in 2019, Maitreyabandhu explores the path to insight in the context of Triratna’s system of practice.
He does this by exploring the three myths of self-development, self-surrender and self-discovery, as well as spiritual death and spiritual rebirth in the dharma life
An Account of Dr. Ambedkar’s Conversion
This interview was conducted by Vassika, during the International Order Convention at Bodhgaya, India, on 28th February 2013, and filmed by Munisha.
Systole and Diastole: Public Ordination
A talk from Subhadramati on the Public part of the Ordination ceremony. Delivered on the three-month ordination course at Akashavana 2018.
The Many Blessings of Sadhana
This talk was given on an Order weekend at Adhisthana in November 2019. It was the first Order gathering there after the death of Urgyen Sangharakshita.
Bhante, His Teachers and Sadhanas
Bhante has said that his sadhana practices and the teachers who gave him the practices are ‘inseparable’. This talk tells the story of how Bhante received each sadhana.
Talk given on the Women’s Private Preceptors’ Retreat at Adhisthana, February 2019.
Lightning Flashes of Beauty in the Dharma Life
In this talk Padmavajra contemplates Beauty in different areas of Dharma life, including the beauty of people, ethics, friendship, community, ‘institutions’, and wisdom. He also looks at the relationship between metta, formless beauty and the yidam, as well as knowing what beauty really is and ‘the pregnant man’.
This talk was given at Padmaloka retreat centre during the Spring Short Order retreat in March 2019.
Forgiveness and Happiness
Santavajri explores verses 4, 5 and 6 of the Eight Verses for Training the Mind. She begins with her realisation that a motivator for her spiritual practice has been a quest for happiness.
Touching on the themes of righteous indignation, spiritual bypassing, empathy, non-violent communication, envy and exploring apology, confession and working with betrayal, Santavajri poses the question as to whether we can forgive ourselves and move towards unconditional love for all beings.
Talk given at the Women’s Area Order Weekend at Adhisthana, December 2018
Kamalashila has spent a lot of his adult life exploring meditation – and this talk looks at the subject as a crucial aspect of life and practice, with special consideration given to reflection on the six elements.
Talk given in 2004
Reflections on the Initiation Vase
First Impressions: Joining the College
Remembering Urgyen Sangharakshita
Unfolding, an extract from my autobiography
The City as a Forest