The Triratna Buddhist Community is a worldwide movement of people who try to engage with the Buddha’s teachings in the conditions of the modern world. Neither monastic nor lay, we are simply Buddhists, at varying stages of commitment and understanding, adopting to the best of our ability in our lives the core teachings and practices of the Dharma (the Buddha's teachings).
Triratna is a Sanskrit term meaning ‘Three Jewels’: the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha (the community of all those who follow the teachings). The Triratna Buddhist Order is a community of people who have made a commitment to place the practice of Buddhism within the Triratna Community at the heart of their lives. Triratna was founded in 1967 as the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order (FWBO) by Urgyen Sangharakshita, and was renamed the Triratna Buddhist Order and Community in 2010, as it had grown beyond the West, and is now represented on all the world’s inhabited continents.