European Chairs Assembly

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Dates of Chairs Meetings:

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These are the aims of the Triratna European Chairs Assembly, as revised by the meeting in January 2009:

The overall aim of the European Triratna Chairs Assembly is to help as many people as possible to go for refuge to the Three Jewels on the basis of the practices and principles of the Dharma elucidated by Sangharakshita.

1: A network of support and friendship for Triratna Chairs and Directors.

* The ECA aims to inspire and support members so they can fulfil their responsibility as chairs of Triratna projects.
* We aim to provide members with relevant training and information, and especially to support and encourage new Chairs.
* We aim to conduct our meetings in a spirit of open communication and friendship.
* Our meetings will have sufficient time for conducting business, but also for developing friendship and for collective spiritual practice.
* Our main focus is to support chairs in Europe, but we aim to support chairs from beyond Europe too.

2: Promoting the unity of the Triratna Buddhist Community in Europe – and beyond.

* We aim to ensure the Triratna Buddhist Community is spiritually united – that Triratna activities are based on a deepening understanding of the teachings of Sangharakshita and the traditions of Triratna.
* The ECA endeavours to maintain an awareness of the Triratna Buddhist Community as a whole, especially across Europe, in order to ensure harmony.
* The ECA will maintain dialogue with other key unifying bodies in the Order and movement, especially the Presidents and Mitra Convenors meetings (that, like us, work on behalf of the movement), and also the Preceptors College and Order Convenors.
* We will also maintain communication and dialogue with Triratna projects beyond Europe in order to promote the unity and harmony of the Triratna Buddhist Community.

3: A vibrant and effective Triratna Buddhist Community in Europe – and beyond.

* We aim to help as many people as possible come into contact with the Triratna Buddhist Community, so they can encounter an effective path of Dharma practice and vibrant spiritual community.
* We want to focus on excellence and encourage a high standard in all Triratna activities.
* We aim to generate new initiatives, or encourage those who are generating them.
* We will research and promote ways in which individual Triratna projects can collaborate, ensuring a more effective use of resources.
* The ECA will keep members informed of developments across the Triratna Buddhist Community, including relevant trends and issues that need consideration.
* We seek, where appropriate, to work with Triratna projects beyond Europe on the above.

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