Who we are

The Triratna Buddhist Community

was founded in 1967 as the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order (FWBO) by Urgyen Sangharakshita (pictured), an Englishman who realised at the age of 16 that he was a Buddhist and, after a long process of searching, was ordained as a Buddhist monk in India in 1950. After a further 14 years living and teaching Buddhism in India, he returned to England in 1964, and saw the need for a new kind of Buddhist organisation - a community of Buddhist practitioners committed to living a Dharma life, who were neither monastic nor lay. Despite feeling that he was not the ideal person to found such a thing, he felt it was needed and so he founded the FWBO in 1967 an a year later, the Western Buddhist Order (which was renamed the Triratna Buddhist Order in 2010).

The Triratna Community is made up of Order members and all those people who attend Triratna Buddhist centres and groups across the world. The idea behind the Community is to make the living principles and practices of Buddhism accessible to people in the modern world, both west and east. It is now represented on all the world’s inhabited continents. For more information on the Triratna Buddhist Community, click here www.thebuddhistcentre.com.


The Triratna Buddhist Order

is a community of men and women* who have made the decision to place the practice of Buddhism within the Triratna Community at the heart of their lives. Order members live and practise in a wide variety of situations across the world - some live with their families and work in conventional jobs, others live in communities and work together in Buddhist teams, others live and practise in retreat centres with a more monastic focus.


three jewels

The Shrewsbury Triratna Buddhist Centre

Shropshire and mid-Wales are currently home to around 20 Order members who run the activities of the Shrewsbury Triratna Buddhist Centre. Here is an introduction to some of them:

Saravantu

Chair; trustee; teacher at the centre

Jayaratna

Trustee (treasurer); teacher at the centre

Akasharaja

Men's Mitra convenor; teacher at the centre; Mitra study leader

Utpalavajri

Mitra study leader

Abhayanara

Trustee responsible for the building; teacher at the centre; Mitra study leader

Tejodharini

Teacher at the centre

Shraddhabha

Teacher at the centre

Nagamani

Teacher at the centre

Jyotidana

Teacher at the centre; Mitra study leader

Prabhakari

Women's Mitra convenor; Mitra study leader

Samantabhadri

Teacher at the centre; retreat leader


Vajradevi

Trustee; teacher at the centre; retreat leader

Vajrapriya

Trustee; teacher at the centre; Foundation course study leader

*Gender diversity

We're very aware that not everyone identifies with the binary genders of male and female, and we're looking at ways of being more inclusive to gender non-conforming folks (as well as more generally). To read more about our gender diversity policy, click here.