Over the last 40 years, Triratna has grown to include centres in West and East Europe, India, North America, Latin America, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
One of the conditions for the stability of the Sangha, the Buddha taught, was for it to meet together in large numbers. Adhisthana, Triratna’s new home in quiet rural land near the Malvern Hills, will be a place for the whole movement, where people from all over the world will meet, study and practice together, sometimes in small retreats, sometimes in large numbers
Sangharakshita, the founder of Triratna, is the teacher and kalyanamitra for the Triratna community worldwide. Adhisthana will be Sangharakshita’s home for his last years – and may they be many.
Adhisthana will be a place where people can visit, to connect with Bhante, and what he represents. It will house Bhante’s library and archives, his images and thankhas.
The Triratna Community is based upon Sangharakshita’s particular presentation of the Dharma, faithful to the Buddha’s own teachings and honouring the best in all schools. That is not, of course, a simple or static thing, and it is evolving as times change and as experience grows.
Adhisthana will be a place where deepening experience of practice and teaching can be shared, ensuring the ‘high level of commonality of practice’ that a spiritual community needs.