Triratna Buddhist Community

The Oxford Buddhist Centre is the hub of a thriving, friendly community of practising Buddhists. We're just one of many centres of the Triratna Buddhist Community, an international Buddhist movement based in over 20 countries.

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The Triratna Buddhist Community

The Triratna Buddhist Community was founded by Sangharakshita, an Englishman ordained as a Buddhist monk in India after the end of the Second World War. Having returned to the UK in the mid-1960s Sangharakshita recognised a need for the Buddha's teaching in the West. The mission of the Triratna Buddhist Community, which he founded in 1967, is to convey the Buddha's teaching in a way that is authentic, straightforward, and directly applicable in the modern world.


Why 'Triratna'?

Triratna comprises ‘tri’ (three) and ‘ratna’ (jewel; what is most precious and beautiful). In Buddhism, the 3 most precious and beautiful jewels are the Buddha, the Dharma (the Buddha's teaching), and the Sangha (the community of practitioners). The symbol of the Triratna Buddhist Community depicts these Three Jewels. The Three Jewels are seated on a lotus flower, surrounded by flames of transformation and an aura of purity. The Golden jewel symbolizes the Buddha, the Blue jewel the Dharma, and the Red jewel the Sangha seen at the top of this screen.



The Triratna Buddhist Community is open to all those who wish to practise Buddhism or who are sympathetic to our approach. Everyone who has contact with Triratna is considered a friend. However, someone who wants to take their commitment to Buddhism further within our Community can ask to become a Mitra (which means Friend in Sanskrit).

To find out more, please click becoming a friend.


A stream of generosity 

The Oxford Buddhist Centre is founded on generosity. Giving is a core Buddhist practice in itself which, like meditation, can help us to see a bigger picture and connect with others. It's also a lot of fun! We encourage all those who attend our events to join in this stream of generosity. At the moment you can do this by making donations towards our running costs, help us setting up events and supporting classes. But there are always new projects coming up - come along and get stuck in!