In the Triratna Buddhist Community a study course is available to enable people to learn about and practise more deeply the teachings of the Buddha. This  is called the 'Triratna dharma training course for mitras', (what it means to be a mitra is explained below). The course is accessible from


        www.freebuddhistaudio.com

      The first year is the Foundation course and is open to all. This is divided into the sections which are studied in blocks lasting 7 to 10 weeks at times that are convenient to the participants. The first section of the foundation course is outlined below.

    Intoduction

    What is a Buddhist?

    The Buddha     the Goal
                             the Founder
                             the Mythic Buddha
                             the Buddha we can contact
   
    The Dharma     the Basic Analysis
                             the Many Dimensions of the Dharma

    The Sangha      as a Means of Development



What happens in the Study group?

       The most important thing is that participants make a commitment to attend each weekly session wherever possible. Also, since the topic of the week is known in advance it is helpful if it is read and reflected upon. People can then come to the group with a summary of the topic, questions and discussion points.  A willingness to listen, to learn and to change your mind are the marks of the ideal student!

        Each session usually includes a short time for meditation / reflection, a summary of the topic, points raised and then discussion.

        In case you were wondering there are no tests of any description. The course is just an opportunity for all of us to learn more about the Dharma.



What is a Mitra?

        Mitra means friend. Becoming a mitra is a deepening of your friendship with the Triratna Buddhist Order. So a mitra is someone who has made a commitment to practising the Dharma within our community. It means that from where you are now you are willing to give it a whole-hearted trial.

        Becoming a mitra is a significant event and is marked by a simple ceremony involving making offerings of incense, a flower and a candle which symbolise the effects of an ethical life, beauty and impermanence, and the light of Wisdom.

        To find out more you can pick up the leaflet called 'A guide to becoming a mitra' or have a chat with Alayasri or Suddhacitta.




What to do next


       If you are interested in starting this study then all you to do is to let Alayasri or Suddhacitta know. There are no forms to fill in. If there is sufficient interest then we will try to sort out a time and a place that is convenient for all.

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