Browsing All posts tagged under »FWBO«

1992 BBC documentary concerning the FWBO (Triratna Buddhist Community)

September 16, 2011


This video, recently uploaded to the internet by the Dialogue Ireland website, is called ‘Going For Refuge’. It was made by BBC (East) and broadcast in the Eastern region of the UK on 12 November 1992, as part of BBC East’s ‘Matter of Fact’ series. It is about the organisaton formerly known as The Friends […]

New sites concerning the Triratna Buddhist Community

August 24, 2010


   Three new blog sites concerning the scandal-dogged Triratna Buddhist Community (renamed from the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order) which appeared in recent months have come to my attention. The first, “Triratna Buddhism is a Cult” appeared in July, reproducing a letter sent by a former member “Prasannasiddhi” to senior Triratna official Dhammarati and […]

Dangers in Devotion: Buddhist Cults and the Tasks of a Guru

July 19, 2010


In this second blog entry concerning the controversies in British Buddhism that came to the fore in the 1990s (see the first “Many bodies, One Mind“), I reproduce here an essay by Dr. John Crook which was published in the New Chan Forum in 1998. John Crook is a teacher of Chan (Chinese Zen) Buddhism. He […]

“Many Bodies, One Mind”: Movements in British Buddhism – Ken Jones

June 19, 2010


This is the first of two blog entries concerning the controversies in British Buddhism that came to the fore in the 1990s, I reproduce here an essay from July 1997 about three of the largest Buddhist organisations in the UK. It is by Ken Jones, a founder and the present secretary of the UK Network of Engaged […]

Establishing monastic Buddhism in the UK: an uphill struggle

May 10, 2010


No attempt to implant a monastic form of Buddhism into a western, non-Buddhist culture would be an easy task. Nonetheless, in 20th Century Britain it was attempted several times. Technically no individual can set up a branch of the monastic Sangha, and only a minimum of five fully ordained monks can ordain a new candidate. Even […]