Triratna Ordination Training

113 Richdale Avenue #26                                                                                                                                                                                             Cambridge, MA 02140                                                                                                                                                                                         website: alokasetu.com/                                                                                                                                                                    

Description of Organization:

Triratna Ordination Training’s purpose is to provide ordination training retreats, resources, and support in accordance with the principles and guidelines established by Triratna’s College of Public Preceptors.  Triratna’s training programs are implemented 
based on the Eight Guidelines of Alokasetu, meaning Bridge of Light.  The formation of Alokasetu marks a significant point in the development of women’s ordination training. For several decades, they relied upon senior Order members flying over from the United Kingdom to lead our retreats. The first US woman Order member, Karunadevi, ordained in 1993, pioneered the development of this ordination training program, dedicating more than half her life to these efforts. In 2019, the Training for Ordination (TFO) Coordinating Team was established to serve as a planning and communications hub, and help Karunadevi skillfully move into retirement. Much emphases was placed on the development of systems and structures to preserve the work of their elders.  Their purpose is the advancement of the Buddhist spiritual tradition for women and those identifying as
female. This is  accomplished by providing training, support and retreats for people requesting ordination into the Triratna Buddhist Order; and Providing retreats and other learning opportunities to study and practice the Teachings of the Buddha; and
Encouraging and supporting members and interested persons to live in accordance with the principles of the Buddhist tradition.  

Grant(s) Awarded

In 2024, a Women in Buddhism grant of $6,000 was awarded to address much needed conditions to help accelerate and expand the transition from one generation of women leaders in Buddhism to the next.

1. Financial support for those who need it along with a small fund that supports women who need financial assistance to pursue ordination training.

2. Supporting the preceptors and retreat leaders with their own training retreats; better resource our preceptors with training in Dharma facilitation, healthy boundaries, as well as racial and gender diversity and inclusivity

3. Administrative support organizing, collating, and developing ordination training resource materials.