Newcomers’ sessions welcome anyone and everyone who wants to come and experience Buddhist practice for themselves – you don’t need to be a Buddhist. It’s good to ‘shop around’ and discover which approach to Buddhist practice most suits you.
Our Sangha events are for those who’d like to find out more. No commitment is required, but we ask that you first complete our intro and follow on courses as these give a good basis for engaging with our Sangha events.
Becoming a Mitra (the Sanskrit word for ‘friend’) in the Triratna Buddhist Community signifies that someone has decided they are a Buddhist, that they are endeavouring to practise the five ethical precepts the Buddha taught and that they have decided that the Triratna Buddhist Community is the place where they want to ‘put down the roots’ of their practice, at least for the time being. It’s fine to try out lots of different approaches, but if we’re going to take our practice deeper, we need make a commitment (provisional, at first) to a particular path and context. Becoming a Mitra is just such a provisional commitment, and is marked in a simple ceremony.
Find out more here or talk to one of our mitra convenors:
Naravira for men: firstname.lastname@example.org
Vimalavjari for women: email@example.com
You can see Vimalavajri introducing herself and talking about mitra convening with Satyalila here
Some people decide they would like to take their commitment further and after being a mitra for sometime, they ask to be ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order which opens up further pathways of training and commitment.