The Triratna Buddhist Community
The Dublin Buddhist Centre is part of the Triratna Buddhist Community, a network of women and men from around the world who are engaged in the collective creation of Buddhist practice that is rooted in the Buddha's teaching and example, yet relevant and effective in today's world.
Neither monastic nor lay, we are simply Buddhists, at varying stages of commitment and understanding.
Triratna is a sanskrit term meaning 'Three Jewels': the Buddha, Dharma (his teachings) and Sangha (the community of all those who follow the teachings).
The founder of the Triratna Buddhist Community and Order, Sangharakshita, considers the defining act of a Buddhist to be Going for Refuge to, or placing one's heart upon, these Three Jewels. This is the central principle or orientation of the Triratna Buddhist Community and everything we do.
We also promote projects in which Buddhists can live and work together, and explore how to turn our work into a spiritual practice.
Buddhism Relevant for Modern Times
In the Buddha's time there was no mass media to compete with - no internet or television. And the Buddha never had to be concerned about globalisation or global warming.
So we believe it is vital to explore and establish how his teaching of human potential is still crucially important, how Buddhists can be socially engaged and contribute to a better world.
In the last 45 years the Triratna Buddhist Community has changed a great deal. Sangharakshita has now handed on responsibility for our community's spiritual vitality to his followers and we are entering a new phase of growth and consolidation: learning from and building upon our history, and developing into a broad-based, mature and experienced spiritual community playing a significant role in bringing Buddhism to the West.
Ours is an 'ecumenical' movement, in that it is aligned to no one tradition or school, but drawing selectively on the whole stream of Buddhist inspiration. We now have Buddhist Centres running activities in 27 countries around the world.
For more about the Triratna Buddhist Community and Order, see our website thebuddhistcentre.com.