2011.06.04. Categorized: Uncategorized
Preceptor, Triratna Buddhist Order,
30 Chantry Rd,
Birmingham, B13 8DH,
To Whom it May Concern
I hereby attest that the Jaibhim Religious Network is an authentic Buddhist organisation, practising the Buddha’s teachings in accordance with the scriptures.
I am an ordained member, of 38 years standing, in the Triratna Buddhist Order (formerly known as the Western Buddhist Order), which is an international religious community, Headquartered in the UK, with centres and activities in 30 countries worldwide. I am a senior Preceptor of the Order, qualified to initiate new members.
I have been closely associated with the Jaibhim Network as teacher and patron for the past six years. I am in regular contact with the leaders and founders and visit Hungary twice a year to monitor activities to ensure that they are in conformity with the Buddha’s doctrine, in particular the Three Refuges, the Five Ethical Precepts and the Noble Eightfold Path leading to Enlightenment. I have no doubt that this is the case.
I have personally initiated the leading members of the Network into the first level of ordination and they are my personal disciples. I am preparing some of them for full ordination. I am confident that they are sincere practitioners and that senior members of the Network have a good understanding of the Buddha’s teaching and are actively practising the path of morality, meditation, and Wisdom (sila, samadhi, and prajna) taught by him.
Orsos Janos and Derdak Tibor, the two leading members of the Network, have, on a number of occasions, studied with me in India, where I work for six months each year among Dalit (formerly known as ‘Untouchable’) caste members, who are followers of Dr B.R. Ambedkar, the principal architect of the Indian Constitution, who converted to Buddhism in 1956 to escape the oppressions of the caste system. Dr Ambedkar taught that Buddhism was a way for marginalised people to take their place in society as full and equal citizens contributing to the common good. He was especially concerned that social transformation should take place in a non-violent and law-abiding fashion. They have learned the principles of Dr Ambedkar’s social application of Buddhism and are applying this now in Hungary.
Leading members of the Network come from many areas of Hungary, principally in the North and South, such as Orsos Aniko from Hidas, Lazi Istvan Benu from Sajokaza, Kalanyos Laszlo from Pecs, Glonczi Laszlo from Tiszatardos, Orsos Zoltan and Miklos from Gilvanfa. All of them come from very poor and backward communities and are now having a significant impact on them, helping to transform long standing attitudes and behaviour so that people are able to take their place as useful and law-abiding members of society.
The Jaibhim Relgious Network is a participant in good standing of the European Buddhist Union and works in friendly association with a number of Buddhists groups and organisations all over the world, especially in India. It has been listed for many years in the quarterly newsletter of the Dharma Gate Buddhist Church, where I myself found out about their work. Many other journals and web-sites make respectful reference to the activities of the Network.
If there is any further information I can give concerning the Network, please do not hesitate to contact me.