Changes in the Western Buddhist Order
The FWBO - a Community in Transition Changes in the FWBO from an experienced Order member and Public Preceptor
Freedom in the Order: Madhyamavani 7: Autumn 2002
The Future of the Order and Movement: Outlining changes in the structures of the WBO and FWBO (Madhyamavani 9, 2003)
Having the Last Word: An enquiry into ‘authority’ in the Order (Spring 2002)
What is an Order Member? Reflections on the FWBO’s teaching of ‘levels’ of Going for Refuge, and hence on what makes someone ready to become a member of the Order. Closing with some notes on applying the ‘higher criticism’ to Sangharakshita’s own teaching.
Dayamati’s account of his ‘Clearness Process‘, undergone in the autumn of 2008. He introduces it thus - “The clearness committee I had this past week was to examine my request to be made of a member of the Albuquerque Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). My situation was complicated by the fact that I am a Dharmachari in the Western Buddhist Order and that I wish to remain one. This meant that I first had to contact my mentors in the Western Buddhist Order to determine how they would feel about my being a Quaker and whether they would see my becoming a Quaker as a repudiation of Buddhism in general or of the Western Buddhist Order in particular. The principal issue to be explored there was whether I myself experience any kind of conflict between my Buddhist convictions and practices and my Quaker convictions and practice. I do not. Asked whether I can even imagine anything coming up that would feel like a conflict in my mind, I respond that I cannot”.
Robert Ellis (ex-Upeksacitta)
The Way of Trust A talk given on the Padmaloka Men’s Order Weekend, on
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