Cambridge Buddhist Centre

Why did you change your name from the FWBO to Triratna Buddhist Community?

We wanted a single name that shows the unity and applicability of our worldwide movement.

Since the founding of the FWBO by Sangharakshita in 1967, the Movement has had different names, although the FWBO has endured the longest. In 1979, Lokamitra, an Order Member, started activities in India and the name Trailokya Bauddha Mahasangha Sahayaka Gana (TBMSG) was coined by Sangharakshita in recognition that ‘Western’ Buddhism was not appropriate for Indians. Since this time, the FWBO and TBMSG, whilst being one Order and Movement, have thrived under different names.

Moreover, the Order and Movement have spread not just west but east, to Russia, Turkey and China amongst others. And Friends of the Western Buddhist Order is known differently in other European languages: the AOBO in France and Spain, VWBO in Holland and Belgium for instance. Attempts have been made since 1995 to choose a new name and in 2010, following suggestions from Sangharakshita, the Triratna Buddhist Order and Community were born.

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