Bristol Buddhist Centre is a Centre of the worldwide Triratna* Buddhist Community which was founded in 1967 by Sangharakshita. He is an Englishman who has spent over 20 years practising Buddhism with a range of teachers in India.
In founding the Triratna Buddhist Community, Sangharakshita’s vision was to create an effective Sangha to enable people to change their lives through really practising the fundamentals of what the Buddha taught, and to help others to do the same.
At fifty years old, Triratna is a new and developing Buddhist tradition; a huge amount that’s good has been achieved in a short time. And reconsidering how Buddhist practice is lived, fully, in the modern world has not been without its difficulties and mistakes. You can read more about Triratna’s development here, hear a view on the shadow of our past here, and find more information about how we’re responding to controversy about aspect of our history here.
* ‘Triratna’ is the sanskrit word for ‘three jewels’, the three most precious things in Buddhism – the Buddha, his teachings (the Dharma) and the community of his followers (the Sangha).
How Bristol Buddhist Centre runs 2015-16