The Buddha taught that one of the conditions for the stability of the Sangha was for it to meet together in large numbers. This is where people from all over the world meet, study and practice together. Sangharakshita, the founder of Triratna, is the teacher and kalyanamitra for the Triratna community worldwide. Therefore, Adhisthana is a place where people can visit to connect with Bhante, and what he represents. And this is not a simple or static thing, it is evolving as times change and as experience grows.
All of the Buddhist Retreat Centres are run by the Triratna Buddhist Community which is dedicated to communicating the ancient teachings of the Buddha in the modern world. Each retreat centre runs a wide variety of retreats throughout the year exploring buddhism, buddhist meditation and yoga. Some centres also run specialised events which promote well being such as tai chi, shiatsu, massage, and the arts. Skip to main content. UK Centres Adhisthana. Buddhafield North. Dhanakosa Retreat Centre. Padmaloka Retreat Centre.
There are around eighty Triratna urban centres and retreat centres, and activities in over twenty countries. One of Buddhism's strengths is its ability to adapt to each new culture it encounters. Throughout its history, it has evolved and taken on many new forms, while at the same time retaining its essential truths. The Triratna Buddhist Community bases its approach on the perception that the varied and divided Buddhist tradition has an underlying unity.
The Triratna Buddhist Community formerly known as the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order was founded in by Sangharakshita Dennis Lingwood , an Englishman who spent twenty years in the east, sixteen of them as a Buddhist monk. Returning to Britain in the mids he saw the need for a new Buddhist movement. His vision was to create something faithful to traditional Buddhist values while being relevant to the modern world. Rather than adopting one specific form, Sangharakshita was keen to clarify what all Buddhist schools held in common: the essential principles and practices that run through the whole tradition. He suggests that the key, unifying factor is the historical Buddha and his experience of Enlightenment. This lies in the act of going for Refuge to the Three Jewels, and in basic teachings of the Buddha, such as the four noble truths, dependent arising, karma and so on. He believes people in the modern world are heirs to the whole of Buddhism. This is why the Triratna Buddhist Community does not restrict itself to one form of Buddhism but draws inspiration from the entire tradition. He has a coherent approach to practice, which draws on particular techniques and teachings in a way that supports individual growth.