Mitra is an Indian word that literally means friend. For those who wish to deepen their connections with our Sangha, there is the opportunity to become a Mitra or ‘friend’ of the Triratna Buddhist Order. This takes place in the context of a joyful and meaningful ceremony in which one formally becomes a Buddhist. Mitras also commit to practising the Five Precepts or ethical training principles of Buddhism -
I undertake to abstain from harming life
I undertake to abstain from taking what is not given
I undertake to abstain from sexual misconduct
I undertake to abstain from telling lies
I undertake to abstain from taking intoxicants that cloud the mind
The positive expression of these precepts is as follows
With deeds of loving kindness, I purify my body
With open-handed generosity, I purify my body
With stillness, simplicity and contentment, I purify my body
With truthful communication, I purify my speech
With mindfulness clear and radiant, I purify my mind.
Once someone has become a Mitra, they can join the 4-year Dharma Training Course for Mitras which we host on Monday evenings.
Read more about becoming a Mitra.