The Milton Keynes Triratna Sangha met in Downhead Park on July 20th to spend a day exploring ritual together. It was a fun day with lots of laughter and lots of questions!
We practiced bowing and prostrating, learnt about mantra and offerings and reflected upon the attitudes that we bring to Buddhist ritual from our Western conditioning.
In the afternoon we built some shrines to together.
Ian, Mark and Tom enjoyed building this one:
Although, Tom seemed to enjoy it the most!
Jo, Denise and Paola get creative
The central shrine was built by Emma, Rob and Kate.
The finale to the day was Emma Riley’s Mitra ceremony, conducted within the three outer shrines and around our central shrine. There was lots of incense, circumambulation and chanting. Sadhu Emma!