An International Spiritual Community and Order
The Triratna Buddhist Community was founded in 1967 (originally known as the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order) by London-born Sangharakshita. Today we have more than 90 urban and rural centers in 27 countries.
After 20 years of studying Buddhism in India with teachers from different major traditions, Sangharakshita founded the Triratna Community to help provide a translation of the universal principles of Buddhism for modern, secularized societies.
Sangharakshita (August 26, 1925 – October 30, 2018) was the founder of the Triratna Buddhist Order and Triratna Buddhist Community. He was born in South London in 1925 and given the name Dennis Lingwood. In his youth he was very interested in the cultures and philosophies of the East, and at the age of sixteen realized that he was a Buddhist after reading the Diamond Sutra. The Second World War took him to India. Following the war he stayed on and was eventually ordained a bhikhu (a Buddhist monk) at which time he was given the name Sangharakshita which means ‘protector of the spiritual community’. He spent over twenty years in India studying with teachers from the major Buddhist traditions.
On returning to England in the sixties, Sangharakshita founded the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order and the Western Buddhist Order. His aim was to help Buddhism take firm root in the West in a form unburdened by the cultural accretions of any particular nationality or tradition. It is a translation of the universal principles of Buddhism for modern, secularized societies.
To learn more about our founder, his writing and dharma talks, visit Sangharakshita.org.
The Triratna Buddhist Community has established centers in many countries with each center encouraging the leading of a Buddhist life based on sound ethical principles and the creation of a more spiritually helpful environment by participation in meditation classes, study, retreats, residential communities and right livelihood businesses.