Our style of Buddhism
The spiritual tradition we call Buddhism was started by The Buddha, “The One Who Has Woken Up”, about 2500 years ago in Northern India. In the millennia since his death Buddhism has adapted to many different societies, finding ways to express the Buddha’s vision in different cultures and historical eras.
So what we now call Buddhism consists of many different schools that developed to suit a particular time and place — we have Tibetan Buddhism, Southeast Asian Buddhism, the Zen and Pure Land traditions of Japan, and many others.
Now that Buddhism has arrived in the West it needs to find a form that suits this time and place. So members of the Triratna Buddhist Order aim to present a form of Buddhism that is grounded in the core teachings and practices that underlie all the different ethnic schools of Buddhism.
We are not Tibetan Buddhists, Zen Buddhists, Theravada Buddhists, Nichiren Buddhists, or Pure Land Buddhists — we are simply Buddhists, basing ourselves on the core teachings, but open to the richness of the whole tradition.
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Try it out!
For thousands of years people have found that the practices of Buddhism really do work, leading to better mental states, clearer vision, and more meaningful lives. But don’t take our word for it — try it for yourself. To find out about our introductory classes see the Newcomers section.
Find more Buddhist books written by Sangharakshita here.
Introductory course handouts
If you’ve been coming along to one of our introductory courses you might like to use these handouts, which go alongside each of the classes. There is one handout for each of the six weeks of the course.
You can view, download and print the handouts here.
You might also like to try using guided meditation tracks recorded by Vajratara to help get you started meditating at home. You can listen to and download the audio files here.