The Western Buddhist Order was started by Sangharakshita in 1968.
It changed it’s name in 2010 to Triratna Buddhist Order, the order of the three jewels.
Sangharakshita spent 20 years in India, he returned to England and saw
the potential to spread Buddhism in the West.
There are now over 2000 Order members in over 60 centres.
The emphases of the TBO are:
- An approach tailored to suit Western society
- Commitment to spiritual practice over choice of lifestyle. To this end, people who join the Western Buddhist Order have the same ordination regardless of gender, occupation or domestic circumstances.
- Openness to all interpretations of the Buddhist tradition e.g. Theravada, Zen, Tibetan.
- Enquiry and discussion in addition to instruction and encouragement of people to take responsibility for their own practice.
Friendship among those who regularly attend and run our classes.