The Bury St. Edmunds Triratna Buddhist Community meets in the centre of Bury St Edmunds, at the Quaker Meeting House.
Although centrally located in town, we have people coming along from all over West Suffolk and Norfolk. We also have strong links with the Ipswich, Colchester and Cambridge Buddhist Centres.
We offer introductory and regular meditation and Buddhism classes led by experienced Buddhist practitioners.
Meet the order members
The Triratna Buddhist Order is a spiritual community of people who have pledged themselves to following the Buddhist path to enlightenment. Order members have made that commitment the central point of their lives.
I moved to the Bury area in 2002 and have been involved in helping to run the group since then. I was ordained in 2000 and have been a practising Buddhist since 1991.
Meditation is what attracted me to Buddhism, and it is still my main interest, although I have developed a strong affinity for ritual and devotional practices over the years.
I lived and worked for several years in a Buddhist Right Livelihood community, nowadays I work in Social Care and have been involved locally in a pastoral care project.
Although interested in Buddhism for many years, I assumed that, as a westerner, practising it wouldn’t be accessible to me. This all changed when I attended a meditation class at the London Buddhist Centre in 1990. In 1995 I was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order, and in 2001 I moved to Suffolk to live at Vajrasana, the London Buddhist Centre’s retreat centre near Bury St Edmunds. This is when my connection with the Bury Sangha began.
As well as teaching Buddhism and looking after the retreat centre, I am a practising artist, and I aspire to express Buddhist values through my paintings.
Over the years, my deepening understanding of Buddhist teachings and meditation practices have had a transformative effect on my life, particularly in the areas of communication and friendship, and in helping me understand the potential of art to express deeper truths.
Meet the mitras
Everyone who has contact with Triratna is considered a friend. However, someone who wants to make a particular connection with the Triratna Buddhist Community and develop friendships with members of the order can ask to become a mitra (which simply means ‘friend’ in Sanskrit). A mitra is someone who is actively involved in Triratna activities, and intends to continue practising the Dharma (Buddhist teachings) in this community.
I am married, have three daughters all pursuing different paths in life, we belong to large close and supportive extended families.
I worked as a Nurse, Therapist and Operational Director within NHS Mental Health services for thirty odd years.
I love the Arts and the opportunity to create.
I have been interested in Buddhism for many years dipping in and out since my late teens. I tentatively attended lunch time mediation sessions at the Norwich Buddhist Centre 20 years ago and joined the Bury Buddhist group about ten years later, becoming a Mitra in 2009.
The opportunity to doubt, question and take my time has strengthened my appreciation and commitment to Buddhist practice and the positive impact it has.
I’m a Mitra, which means friend. I am an enthusiastic Buddhist, having first come to the Bury St Edmunds Sangha in 1998. I originally came to learn to meditate but found myself loving the ethical practices which we follow as well as enjoying the study of the Dharma (teachings) of the Buddha.
I’ve been a Mitra since 2002 and I have studied at other local Buddhist centres as well as on retreats.
Buddhism and my family are at the centre of my life and I am grateful to have met the friendship, positive emotions and happiness that Triratna Buddhism has given me.
Becoming a Mitra has opened up the opportunity to study the Buddha’s teachings in much more depth. Additionally, my friendships have deepened from spending time with fun, interesting and like-minded people.
Like many people, my first contact with Buddhism was through meditation. After experiencing the powerfully positive effects of a daily meditation practice, I began attending Triratna meetings in April 2014, and immediately felt as if I had ‘come home’. I became a mitra in March 2015, and asked for ordination in October 2015.
I gain a huge amount from my involvement with the Triratna Buddhist Community. In particular, I value the opportunity to develop deeper and more meaningful friendships.
I learned to meditate in early 2012 and was immediately ‘caught’ by meditation, understanding instinctively that it could transform my life. Shortly after, I began to read books about Buddhism (starting with ‘Buddhism for Dummies’!) and I first visited a Buddhist Centre in June 2012, becoming a Mitra in 2013 and asking for ordination within Triratna in 2015.
Like a lot of people, when I came across the Dharma it seemed to present a better way of navigating through life and a clear path to becoming a better human being.
I still love meditation, as well as Dharma study and, when I get the opportunity, spending time on retreat. I love being part of a small, but growing, sangha and meeting up with friends regularly to talk practice and Dharma.
I started going to the Bury Sangha on a regular basis in 2001, became a Mitra in 2002, and asked to join the Triratna Ordination training process in 2013.
I learned to meditate in my late teens and quickly appreciated the benefits of a regular daily meditation practice. Although meditation continues to remain at the heart of my practice, over the years I have increasingly enjoyed deepening my understanding and appreciation of other aspects of Buddhism. In particular, I appreciate the importance of cultivating ethics and spiritual friendships, and the positive impact spiritual practice has had on my life.
In my employment I enjoy a rewarding career as a social worker in Adult Services.
I am married, have three sons all in their thirties, and belong to a large and growing family, all lovely people. I retired from full time class room teaching a few years ago and now work part time as a music teacher and psycho-therapist, both jobs that give me great satisfaction.
My hobbies, when there is time, stretch to sailing, growing vegetables, reading and music, (listening and performing).
I have been interested in Buddhism since my late teens at college and started reading about it and thinking about it in more depth as a younger man. I joined the Bury Buddhists over ten years ago becoming a mitra a few years after that. My training as a counsellor was taken via a Buddhist Psychology course over a four year period. I found this training changed my thinking and my life greatly and this led me to deepen my commitment as a Buddhist. My studies with the mitra group, the privilege of giving talks on Buddhism occasionally, and the friendship of the Bury Sangha have all added to my strong sense of being on the Buddhist path.