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Annual Review for 2023

Wed, 28 Feb, 2024 - 13:39

See how things are going and what we have been doing over the past year. You will find a director’s report from Mahasraddha, as well as reports from each of the team on their particular areas of work and a foreword by Dharmashura who is chair of the Abhayaratana Trust.

Let us know what you think. And if you are not already doing so, we hope you will feel moved to support our work either by a regular donation and/or by getting involved in our...

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Effective care in the Order

Wed, 31 Jan, 2024 - 15:05

Effective care in the Order

Wed, 31 Jan, 2024 - 15:05

As you may be aware, the Abhayaratna Trust has been working on a Local Care Network project, aimed at helping local sanghas embody a more explicit culture of care, able more effectively to meet the needs of sangha members (and navigate the complexities of government and charity support services).

This aim is beautifully evoked in a short video by Akashamitra. In describing how Order members came together to provide care for Vidyajyoti he says, ‘I had never seen anything like it before’....

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Indrajala community - Caring for each other

Fri, 17 Nov, 2023 - 12:40

Indrajala community - Caring for each other

Fri, 17 Nov, 2023 - 12:40

In this video, Taradakini talks with the Indrajala women’s community in Bethnal green, whose members span a wide age range. They discuss how they might support each other as they age, or become less able.

They also talk about how they adapted when a number of community members were ill with covid, as well as the need to continue to be honest about what they might need and what thy might be able to give to the community.

Click here to watch video.

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A message from Nagabodhi

Wed, 13 Sep, 2023 - 15:35

A message from Nagabodhi

Wed, 13 Sep, 2023 - 15:35

Nagabodhi’s message is very timely. Click here to watch video.

It coincides with our ‘looking out for the Order appeal’ to raise £10,000 a year. Not for a specific Order member, like you often see in our appeals but for our work worldwide. Why? Because for every appeal for an individual you see, there are at least another 20 Order members requesting support that you don’t hear about.

Donate here now

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Kavyamani joins the Trust

Wed, 26 Jul, 2023 - 11:30

Kavyamani joins the Trust

Wed, 26 Jul, 2023 - 11:30

We are very pleased to have Kavyamani join us as a Trustee. Kavyamani brings valuable experience and skills to the work of the Trust.

She writes; ‘I have long been aware of and quietly impressed by the work of the Abhayaratna Trust. I was initially approached by my good friend Danayutta, herself a Trustee, to find out if I would be interested in getting involved. After initial conversations with members of the Trust and having attended the recent Trustee meeting, I instantly...

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Supporting livelihoods in India

Thu, 2 Mar, 2023 - 16:18

Supporting livelihoods in India

Thu, 2 Mar, 2023 - 16:18

The Abhayaratna Trust made modest grants in 2022 to support 20 individual Order members in India whose livelihoods had been lost or badly affected by the covid pandemic.

One of those we supported is Anomaraja from Kandiveli, Mumbai. His Sanskar Coaching Centre closed completely during lockdown. With a financial livelihood grant from Abhayaratna, he started coaching again and now has 25 children attending. This is many less than before covid but he is optimistic that before long he will have enough students...

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An opportunity to become a Trustee of The Abhayaratna Trust

Tue, 25 Oct, 2022 - 14:50

An opportunity to become a Trustee of The Abhayaratna Trust

Tue, 25 Oct, 2022 - 14:50

The Abhayaratna Trust exists to relieve financial hardship among members of the Triratna Buddhist Order, particularly in the face of sickness, old age or disability. Inspired by Sangharakshita’s teaching of A Case of Dysentery, we see our main role as offering the infrastructure to help Order members to help each other.

We are now looking for one or two more Order members to become Trustees to help oversee and develop the work of the Trust at an exciting time in our...

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Come and see us

Tue, 2 Aug, 2022 - 18:23

Come and see us

Tue, 2 Aug, 2022 - 18:23

The Abhayaratna Trust will have a stall in the ‘shopping mall’ at the UK & Ireland convention at Wymondham college this month, where you can come and talk to one of the team and find out more about what we do. We will also be putting on some events.

Mahasraddha, the Trust’s director, will be running a workshop in which he will provide information and invite discussion on the need for care in the Order and how that need might...

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Bursaries for UK & Ireland convention 2022

Thu, 31 Mar, 2022 - 16:36

Bursaries for UK & Ireland convention 2022

Thu, 31 Mar, 2022 - 16:36

The Abhayaratna Trust is once again offering bursaries to Triratna Order members within the UK & Ireland Area to attend the convention at Wymondham college this August. if you have less than £10,000 in savings you can apply for help with the cost of accommodation and/or travel. To apply click here. We aim to respond to your request within 4 working days or less. If you have any questions or don’t wish to fill in the...

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Sending money to India

Thu, 27 Jan, 2022 - 14:20

Sending money to India

Thu, 27 Jan, 2022 - 14:20

Mahasraddha writes: You may be aware from the news and messages from the key Triratna charities operating in India (Karuna, FutureDharma Fund and The Abhayaratna Trust), that the past few weeks have seen major changes affecting the NGO sector in India. More than 150 large Indian charities, including at least one of our Triratna Trusts, have had their permission to receive foreign funding revoked by the Indian Government.

The changes affect transfers to Indian charities. Because of the remit of The Abhayaratna Trust –...