The catalyst for the start of the Stirling Buddhist group occurred in 1997. Following an introductory course on meditation and Buddhism, taught by Vimalavajra and supported by Smritiratna of the Triratna Buddhist Order (formerly the Western Buddhist Order), a small group of people continued to meet informally and support each other's evolving meditation and Buddhist practice.
From these small beginnings, a community of people has grown with a common interest in Buddhism or meditation. This common interest has led to the openness of communication and empathy for each other that is also passed on to people new to meditation or exploring Buddhism for themselves.
We are affiliated with the Triratna Buddhist Community (formerly the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order (FWBO)), a worldwide movement that aims to make Buddhist teachings and practices available in a form appropriate and accessible to the modern world. Our current program reflects the different interests that we have as a Group. Over the past few years, this program has been well supported by members of the Triratna Buddhist Order who have come from as far afield as Glasgow, Balquhidder, and Forres, to give teachings on meditation and Buddhism.
Due to Covid restrictions in 2020, we moved to an online format of classes, which is currently still in progress, on Thursday evenings and this will continue throughout 2022, having said that we are actively looking to incorporate in-person events in the summer months this year.
Our Policies and values
The object of the Triratna Buddhist Community Stirling is the advancement of the Buddhist religion, in particular: To encourage members and others to live in accordance with the teachings of the Buddha. To maintain close communication with and work under the guidance of the Triratna Buddhist Order and in close co-operation with other groups with the same objects. Using applications of the Buddha’s teaching to promote the health and well-being of all.