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Too many people in the night in the rain: Impressions from Venezuela

Tue, 25 Jun, 2019 - 18:05

Too many people in the night in the rain: Impressions from Venezuela

Tue, 25 Jun, 2019 - 18:05

In October 2018 Saraha paid a visit to Venezuela, part funded by Future Dharma, to support the sangha and Vajranatha, who is the only Order member in the whole of Venezuela. Saraha writes a full account of his time there and gives us some impressions of what it is like for those living and practising the Dharma in the midst of a volatile political landscape. 

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“It really felt like a good and useful thing to do. People, mountains, landslides… The...

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2018 Annual report now published

Wed, 27 Mar, 2019 - 15:00

2018 Annual report now published

Wed, 27 Mar, 2019 - 15:00

“More of the same, reaching more and more people.” Urgyen Sangharakshita

Speaking just a few months before he died, this was Sangharakshita’s ongoing vision for Triratna. FutureDharma exists to help make this beautifully simple vision a vibrant reality.

We set out in 2016 with nine Dharma Priorities, the blessing and support of the College of Public Preceptors, and the fervent belief that members of Triratna love our sangha and want to give other people the opportunity to benefit from it. From the get go we have supported...

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Thank you to Jai

Thu, 28 Feb, 2019 - 13:53

Thank you to Jai

Thu, 28 Feb, 2019 - 13:53

Thank you to Jai

Jai Teather will be leaving the FutureDharma team, and the Adhisthana community, at the beginning of March and as Director I want to thank him, on behalf of the team and trustees, for all that he has contributed to the project. All of us involved in FutureDharma are inspired by and love the project but, as a project in its infancy, the work can be demanding; Jai has been with FutureDharma for a year but, after careful consideration...

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FutureDharma Major Grant Round Open

Tue, 29 May, 2018 - 15:48

FutureDharma Major Grant Round Open

Tue, 29 May, 2018 - 15:48

FutureDharma Fund’s Major Project round for funding in 2019 is now open for applications. Major projects are those seeking more than £3,000 overall, which can include large multi-year projects.

Although demand usually always outstrip our capacity to provide funding, inviting a broad range of applications each year, particularly internationally, helps to ensure that we support the most effective projects which offer the best value for the funding available.

Major projects funded in 2018 include:

  • Supporting the development of Young People’s activities throughout
  • ...
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Your gifts are passing on the Dharma in Venezuela

Wed, 28 Mar, 2018 - 15:24

Your gifts are passing on the Dharma in Venezuela

Wed, 28 Mar, 2018 - 15:24

If there’s no way people can travel to a retreat, then why not fly the retreat to them! 

Aryavacin (Nottingham, UK), Manjusiha (Padmaloka, UK), and Padmashalin (Valencia, Spain), have done just that.

The location? Merida, Venezuela.

The three friends landed last week and immediately began leading a valuable retreat programme.

The situation is tough in Merida. Vajranatha is the only Order member in the sangha, in fact in the whole of Venezuela. He’s been working heroically to keep Merida’s thriving sangha going.

Recent economic turmoil in Venezuela has...

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Applying to FutureDharma for Funding

Mon, 5 Mar, 2018 - 17:24

Applying to FutureDharma for Funding

Mon, 5 Mar, 2018 - 17:24

If you are planning, or already run, a Triratna Dharma project then FutureDharma Fund might be able to help. We have three different funding routes depending on your project - Central projects, Major Projects and the Small Grant Fund (details of each round provided below). 

You may submit an expression of interest to us anytime, but Central and Major Projects applications may only be submitted when each funding round is open. The small grant programme is open for applications throughout the year. Please contact ...

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FutureDharma Fund - Small Grants Programme

Mon, 5 Mar, 2018 - 16:25

FutureDharma Fund - Small Grants Programme

Mon, 5 Mar, 2018 - 16:25

FutureDharma is able to provide a number of small grants of up to £3,000 for inspirational Triratna Dharma projects and initiatives which have immediate funding needs or smaller local projects which are prevented from establishing themselves due to a lack of local funds.

Example of projects we supported with this fund in the 2017 include:

  • Flight costs for a Venezuelan mitra to attend a GFR retreat in Mexico.
  • Room rental costs for the Clacton-on-sea mitra group.
  • Matched funding for the new Colchester Buddhist Centre’s signage.
  • Travel costs for visiting
  • ...
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"... money was a kind of placeholder for life and love ..."

Wed, 16 Aug, 2017 - 15:43

"... money was a kind of placeholder for life and love ..."

Wed, 16 Aug, 2017 - 15:43

Money often substitutes for other things we want. But how to tell the difference? Amalavajra, a banker-turned-Buddhist fundraiser, explores how his relationship with money has changed.

Listen to an interview with Amalavajra on his life as banker and Buddhist

In May 1999, at the age of twenty-five, I was a bond dealer at JP Morgan, a major US investment bank just off Fleet Street. I had always wanted to be, yes, a ‘millionaire’, and was now well...

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What does this gardener know about investments?

Thu, 27 Jul, 2017 - 16:01

What does this gardener know about investments?

Thu, 27 Jul, 2017 - 16:01

Sanghadeva loans some of his savings to Triratna Projects.

When you meet Sanghadeva you realise how much he values community. As his name would suggest, he’s all about sangha - he’s been living and working in communities for over 36 years.

Sanghadeva was one of the first people to move to Adhisthana in 2012. When the small community of Order members arrived to live, practise and work together there, they began to rebuild and convert the buildings around themselves. There was no central heating;...

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Friendship is most important

Thu, 20 Jul, 2017 - 13:14

Friendship is most important

Thu, 20 Jul, 2017 - 13:14

Following last week’s film about India Dhamma’s Young People’s Projects, this week Liz celebrates the achievements of a young member of our Sangha in India.

Neha Gajbhiye is a graphic designer, film-maker, and a GFR Mitra. She lives in Nagpur with her husband Maitriratna and shares her Buddhist practice with her family, who are also involved in Triratna. But it wasn’t always like this. Neha has worked through incredibly hard circumstances to create this life for herself and her family.

Neha...

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