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Buddhist movement started in the 1960s. It is an explicit attempt to combine the teachings of all major Buddhist schools into a form relevant to the modern world. It is most active in the UK and India but also has centres worldwide.

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Going to first session

I'm pretty new to buddhism, I come from a christian family and as such I attended church for the earlier part of my life. I'm wondering what to expect from my first session in comparison to that of ...
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What is reincarnation?

It is well known scientific fact that over time, the animal population including human population increases. How does a colloquially scientific religion explain reincarnation if populations increases? ...
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Is stream entry in 20 or 30 years of practice realistic?

The founder of the Triratna Buddhist Community, Sangharaskshita, stated that he thinks stream entry is realistic after twenty or thirty years In fact, it would be surprising if, after 20 or 30 ...
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Is 'Just Sitting' the same as zazen?

In the Triratna Buddhist Community we do a practice that we call Just Sitting. It's described as Just Sitting is a space of non-action in which anything can emerge. Often the fruit of the ...
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How important is lineage in Buddhism?

I practice with the Triratna Buddhist community and while I am personally very comfortable with the organisation and its values, it has been criticised for a lack of lineage. Generally speaking how ...
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Does samatha practice always come before vipassana practice?

In my tradition (Triratna) there is a big emphasis of a lot of samatha practice before any vipassana practice. This has always made sense to me. However is this universal in all Buddhist schools? Are ...
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Tradition and purpose of prostration practice

In the triratna Buddhist community (who I practice with) there is a prostrations practice for those going through the ordination process. I'm sure we have taken this practice from another tradition.I'...
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Is going for refuge central to all Buddhist traditions?

In the Triratna community, who I practice with, we see going for refuge to the three jewels as our central practice - the three jewels being the Buddha, Dharma and the Sangha. In fact the name ...
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Tiratna Buddhist Community Curriculum

What are the main texts that are studied in the Tiratna Buddhist Community? Is there a generally recommended core set of books to read, and what are the main canonical texts studied?
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How can merit be transferred?

When attend an event at the sangha I'm with (Triratna) we often transfer merit (puñña) at the end of it. So any good result of the meditation, ritual, dharma study etc... we give away. I know that ...
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Are there Buddhist traditions without monks?

Are there any traditions without an associated monastic community or even where the monastic element is significantly minimised. I practice with the Triratna Buddhist community and the blurring of the ...
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Would an advanced practitioner ever stop meditating?

The founder of the Buddhist community I attend said in an interview that he doesn't meditate anymore. I kind of found this really surprising. If we can say (just for arguments sake) that he is an ...