Sangha, the heart of the Buddhist Centre
Sangha means spiritual community, so the Manchester Buddhist Centre Sangha includes anyone who practises with the Triratna Buddhist Community and comes to the Centre regularly
Our Sangha is made up of ordained members of the Triratna Buddhist Order, mitras, and friends who have not made any formal commitment but have completed some Buddhism and meditation courses here and feel involved with the Centre’s activities and values.
A network of friendships
Sangha is a network of friendship where we try to share our efforts to become more than we currently are. Trust can build up because we know that we are all at least trying to be ethical, to be aware of ourselves and others, to express metta, or loving-kindness.
Our Sangha isn’t perfect — it is only when all individuals have achieved a profound level of wisdom, and thus freedom from ego, that the Sangha finds its ultimate potential. But even so, this side of Enlightenment it’s pretty good!
What is a Mitra?
Mitra is an Indian word for friend. Here, it means those who have made a formal commitment to practising Buddhism within the context of the Manchester Buddhist Centre and the Triratna Buddhist Community, in a simple ceremony.
Two mitra convenors, Dayanandi and Arthaketu, co-ordinate and support mitra activities at the Centre
What is an Order Member?
Ordained members of the Triratna Buddhist Order commit to following the Buddhist path to Enlightenment, as the central point of their lives.
They undertake to practise a traditional set of ten ethical precepts.
Study and going further
Many friends and mitras are involved in study groups at the Centre