Manchester Buddhist Centre is part of the Triratna Buddhist Community, an international network communicating Buddhist truths in ways appropriate to the modern world
As the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order, or FWBO, Triratna was founded in London in 1967 by Sangharakshita after twenty years practising Buddhism in India.
Sangharakshita aimed to apply the principles underlying all forms of Buddhism to a new culture. So, Triratna is an ecumenical movement, aligned to no one traditional school, but drawing on the whole stream of Buddhist inspiration.
It has evolved new structures for living an authentic Buddhist way of life in the 21st century.
Triratna on the web
The Triratna Community has an extensive website. Other Triratna sites include:
- Retreat centres — Goingonretreat.com
- Free Buddhist Audio — Talks, led meditations and study material
- Sangharakshita’s website
- Adhisthana — Triratna’s new centre
Compassion in action
Karuna was formed in 1980 as Aid for India, Triratna’s response to the suffering of India’s Dalit community and continues to work with some of South Asia’s most disadvantaged people
Buddhism for the Modern World
Growing and changing
Triratna now has dozens of centres all over the world, not only in the West. Triratna’s substantial presence in India and other developing countries is reflected in its change of name from the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order.
Sangharakshita has now handed on responsibility for Triratna’s spiritual vitality to his followers. Triratna continues to develop into a broad-based, mature and experienced spiritual community, playing a significant role in bringing Buddhism to the West.
Triratna is an active partner in the UK’s main inter-Buddhist forum, the Network of Buddhist Organisations
The Triratna Story
Vajragupta’s Triratna Story is an honest account of our movement’s growth, including an examination of mistakes made and lessons learnt.