What are Mitras & Order Members?

Bristol Buddhist Centre is a place of practice for those who have decided to go for refuge to the Buddha, the Dharma – his teaching, and the Sangha – the community of his followers.

A Mitra (a Sanskrit word meaning ‘friend’) has decided that s/he is a Buddhist, and wishes to practice Buddhism within the context of the Triratna Buddhist Community, and has marked this in a simple ritual.  If you’re interested in becoming a mitra, read this booklet and talk to any Order member.

Order Members (aka Dharmacharins – ‘Dharma-farers’) have been recognised, at their ordination ceremony, to be practising effectively.

Mitras have the opportunity of a four year Dharma Training Course. There’s a group for mitras on The Buddhist Centre Online. If you’d like to discuss becoming a mitra, talk to

Naravira for men: naravira@bristol-buddhist-centre.org 

Suryadaya or Vimalavjari  for women: wmc@bristol-buddhist-centre.org

You can see Vimalavajri and Suryadaya introducing themselves and talking about mitra convening with Satyalila here

Some events at Bristol Buddhist Centre are dedicated to the expression and development of Buddhist practice by Order Members and Mitras such as our annual Rains Retreat.