Please Join us at ::Avalon North:: for the second installment of our Religion and Spirituality Series
Buddhism in the Modern World: Ethics, Meditation and Wisdom
Thursday January 24th
Four friends who practice together in the Triratna Buddhist Community will join us to share their experiences and perspectives on practicing Buddhism in the modern world. Our speakers will draw on the Buddhist teaching of the Threefold Way of Ethics, Meditation and Wisdom. They will share stories from their personal practice as well as traditional Buddhist teachings. Ordained women Viriyalila and Shraddhavani, along with Lona Kovacs, a woman in the ordination training process, will form a panel. They will be interviewed by Laura Horwood-Benton, another member of the community.One of Triratna’s core foundational principles is spiritual friendship. Women share the same ordination process in Triratna and have contributed significantly to the establishment of retreat centers, teaching materials, books, public talks and the ordination training process itself. Collectively, these four friends bring over 60 years of Buddhist practice.The Triratna Buddhist Community, formally known as the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order (FWBO), was founded in the 1960s in England and made its way to New England in the early 1980s. Our guests this evening are affiliated with both the Portsmouth Buddhist Center and Aryaloka Buddhist Center in Newmarket.
Our Speaker Panel
Viriyalila, whose name means ‘creative, playful energy in pursuit of the good,’ has been practicing Buddhism and meditation in the Seacoast area since the mid 90’s. She has contributed to developing the Triratna ordination training process for women in North America and works as an acupuncturist and massage therapist in both Exeter, NH and Boston, MA.
Shraddhavani (Bettye Pruitt) is a mostly retired historian and writer living in Portsmouth NH. She was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order on a 3-month retreat in Spain in 2018. Her name means “voice of faith.” She has been practicing yoga and meditation in this area for over 20 years and has been active in Triratna since 2011.
Lona Kovacs is a yoga teacher and practicing herbalist in the Seacoast area and lives in Kittery Point, ME. She attended Naropa, a Buddhist University in Boulder, CO in the late nineties and became a part of the Triratna community in Newmarket in 2001. Within the last five years she asked for ordination in the Triratna Buddhist order and has deepened her studies and commitment to compassion, equanimity, kindness and ethics.
Laura Horwood-Benton is a librarian living in Portsmouth. As an atheist who grew up in the Unitarian Universalist church, she was first attracted to Buddhism for its moral and ethical framework. She has been practicing meditation for 7 years, became a “mitra” in the Triratna Buddhist Community in 2017, and has been studying Buddhism more deeply since. She incorporates the principles of mindfulness and loving kindness often in her work in a public library.
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