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FutureDharma Fund Gratitude Report 2019/20

Fri, 12 Jun, 2020 - 12:54

FutureDharma Fund Gratitude Report 2019/20

Thanks to the generosity of its supporters, FutureDharma is now the main way Triratna seeds and supports sanghas around the world. This report is about how those gifts helped thousands of people to transform their lives last year.

Of course this year everything changed. Humanity now needs the Three Jewels more than ever. But with all our centres and retreat centres closed or severely restricted there’s a real danger that we barely sustain our own practice and sanghas, let...

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Covid-19 Emergency Funding to Triratna Projects and People in India

From Triratna News on Thu, 11 Jun, 2020 - 17:13

Covid-19 Emergency Funding to Triratna Projects and People in India

From Triratna News on Thu, 11 Jun, 2020 - 17:13

From The Abhayaratna Trust, FutureDharma Fund / India Dhamma Trust and The Karuna Trust.

In response to the coronavirus pandemic that is putting many people and communities in desperate circumstances in India, a number of appeals have been initiated by Triratna Trusts and individuals both in the East and the West.

In Europe, The Abhayaratna Trust, FutureDharma/India Dhamma Trust and the Karuna Trust/Karuna Germany are all active in raising and distributing emergency relief funds to people in need in India. In addition, Subhuti launched...

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The Importance of Sangha in India

Thu, 4 Jun, 2020 - 15:13

The Importance of Sangha in India

Thu, 4 Jun, 2020 - 15:13

The world is in lockdown. In many ways the world is on fire. In this compelling talk, Subhuti focusses on the suffering of thousands of people in India, and rejoices in the Order members and mitras who are bringing food and the Dharma to them. He urges us all to play our part in “bringing something out of the fire”. Subhuti emphasises how our Sangha is making a difference in society, and reminds us that the creation of true Sangha is...

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Webinar: "Effective Fundraising for Triratna Centres"

Wed, 3 Jun, 2020 - 15:19

Webinar: "Effective Fundraising for Triratna Centres"

Wed, 3 Jun, 2020 - 15:19

Dear Friends,

I’m writing on behalf of Future Dharma, in partnership with the Sikkha Project to invite you to an online webinar: Effective Fundraising for Triratna centres. The webinar will take place on Friday, June 12th at 9:30am (BST) and then again at 5pm (BST), taking into account the needs of the different time zones. We hope people from around the world will be able to participate.

Triratna has moved swiftly to respond to the Covid crisis, by offering online content and engagement through live-streaming and...

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FutureDharma launch Thrive Online Appeal

Sat, 16 May, 2020 - 11:00

FutureDharma launch Thrive Online Appeal

Sat, 16 May, 2020 - 11:00

FutureDharma Fund and India Dhamma Trust are launching Triratna’s Thrive Online Appeal, and we need you to join us. 

Our world is in lockdown. COVID-19 is changing everything: nobody knows what our world will look like in a year’s time. For some, the challenge of lockdown is overwhelming, causing a tragic surge in depression, addictions, and domestic violence.

This distanced, suffering world needs the Three Jewels more than ever.

The problem is that our centres are closed. The core of what Triratna has offered the...

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Hi there,

I’d like to set up a direct debit from my UK bank account. However, your form will not accept my Swedish postcode. Can you help?

Metta,
Munisha

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Hello Munisha,

Unfortunately, we are experiencing some problems with the payment provider we’re using for payments outside the UK. We’re working with them. But in the meantime, we’re asking anyone who lives outside the UK, Ireland, France or Germany to supporter.care [at] futuredharma.org (subject: Thrive%20Online%20gift%20from%20outside%20UK, body: Dear%20Rowena%0A%0AI‘d%20like%20to%20give%20to%20the%20Thrive%20Online%20Appeal%20and%20live%20outside%20the%20UK.%0ACan%20you%20please%20let%20me%20know%20how%20to%20do%20this%3F%0A%0AThank%20you%2C) (email us) and we’ll send you details of how to make your gift.

Metta,

Liz

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Triratna Thrive Online: How FutureDharma is responding to the Coronavirus

Fri, 15 May, 2020 - 14:38

Triratna Thrive Online: How FutureDharma is responding to the Coronavirus

Fri, 15 May, 2020 - 14:38

Triratna Thrive: How FutureDharma is responding to the Coronavirus

FutureDharma exists to enable an abundantly funded, effective and well-resourced Triratna community that can respond to a suffering world and provide a progressive pathway to liberation.

The established purpose of FutureDharma is to seed and support Triratna Sanghas around the world, funding Dharma projects which promote unity, depth and breadth internationally, especially new projects which are bold and innovative. However a new approach is needed for this unprecedented time of rapid change, uncertainty and challenge.

How is...

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Working Together - FutureDharma and India Dhamma Trust

Thu, 16 Apr, 2020 - 12:06

Working Together - FutureDharma and India Dhamma Trust

Thu, 16 Apr, 2020 - 12:06

We’ve got some exciting news to share. We’re going to be working a lot more closely with India Dhamma Trust. 

With the world in lockdown, no-one is unaffected. In India conditions are hard. Food is difficult to come by and expensive. Many people don’t have homes or sanitation. People that do have homes often live with many family members sharing a small space. There is mass migration with migrant workers returning to their home villages. The sangha in India are responding to the needs...

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The Money Issue (The Dharma Toolkit Daily, Episode 13)

From The Community Toolkit for Uncertain Times on Thu, 9 Apr, 2020 - 22:54

Communities of all kinds all over the world have been facing up to the huge economic impact of Covid-19 and the ongoing lockdown. In the Triratna Buddhist Community this has meant financial stress at Buddhist Centres and an urgent need for help navigating the next few months, which will be crucial to the survival of many Centres, large and small.

Enter our two guests! Amalavajra and Danayutta are two former investment bankers, now working hard with Future Dharma Fund to...

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Dear Chandradasa, Amalavajra, and Danayutta

Here in Oxford, UK, we’re in a slightly different position to many Buddhist Centres. We have no mortgage, no staffing costs, and our room hire charges have been suspended. There are minor costs but our cashflow is strong enough to deal with these for about 3-4 years in current conditions.

I’m keen that we fundraise for Regular donations/giving. We have seen a drop in this over the past year or so. I’d also like to fundraise to create a bursary fund of some kind or a fund to support anyone struggling financially at this time. My main reason for writing here, though, is that with our cashflow being ‘safe’, we’d actually like to fundraise for other situations that are less safe/more precarious. I’d like some guidance on this. There are charities/endeavours in Triratna that have no sangha from which to draw on, like a town/city centre. We’d like to assist them or anyone else in Triratna at this time. What I have in mind is dedicating a number of our classes to each ‘cause’ and asking for dana on their behalf. We won’t be talking huge amounts but every little bit can help, of that I’m very aware.

At present we’ve continued our main weekly class, using Zoom and posting the recording to our private Facebook group. We’ve a paypal account (paypal.me/oxford triratna if you wish to donate) through which people can give immediately, no matter where in the world they are (we’re a somewhat international sangha, reflecting Oxford’s particular population flow).

Okay, please get in touch. My number is in the Order address book. I’m meeting with our Mgmt. Team on Monday 13th April and would like to bring some ideas to them. Please get in touch.

Warm wishes

Padmakumara

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Hi Padmakumara, 

Wonderful news about Oxford. And what an inspiring idea. I’ll definitely be in touch by email.

Love,

Danayutta

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Hi Padmakumara,

I’ve just seen this comment - I’m only just getting round to hearing the podcast now! 

It’s fantastic to hear of your situation in Oxford. I’d love to hear more about your ideas and link up with you - you may have heard from Prajnaketu that I am in a new role with Future Dharma helping Sanghas fundraise. (Join us here!)

Be great to hear what you came up with yesterday - I’ll email you!

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Here is the podcast as a mp3 file for direct download.

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Centre Fundraising Forum

Thu, 9 Apr, 2020 - 18:22

Centre Fundraising Forum (group)

Thu, 9 Apr, 2020 - 18:22

This is a space to share any fundraising resources, stories (success or otherwise!) and tips. Please also feel free to ask questions, share your inspiration and any advice you might have from Fundraising in your centre.

+ join us above to get notified of posts as they come in – and to offer your own resources and support to others wherever you are.
 

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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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Thanks for sharing that Saraha. Very moving. I appreciate any news of Venezuela. Thank you.

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Heavy rain and landslides as one description of reality, asking for help, another, and creating an island for one another as a response to it all. Thank you for sharing, Saraha, and see you soon? 

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Thank you Saraha, thank you for coming, for sharing your time with us, for helping me so much with roof, thank for the opportunity to have quality time to spend, and most of all, thank you for taking your time to share a glimpse of our small sangha.