The Sanskrit word ‘Mitra’ simply means ‘friend’. Mitras are people who have made what we call a ‘provisional’ commitment to practising the Dharma within our spiritual community. This involves a commitment to Buddhism, to
practising the Buddhist path as taught within our tradition, and to the Triratna Buddhist Community as the main context for their practice.
Becoming a Mitra is a significant event in our spiritual lives, so it is marked by a significant public ceremony, which is a special event at the Buddhist centre, and to which many people invite their friends and family.