Andrea writes from Triratna’s Karuna Trust with news of their annual Supporters Newsletter, just out. She says -
“Each year Karuna produces a newsletter to keep our many supporters informed about our work in India. This year’s newsletter feels especially poignant as it was co-written by our dear friend Manjusvara who died suddenly in June. It was probably one of his last pieces of writing which he crafted with his usual care and perceptiveness.
India was very close to Manjusvara’s heart. He had visited on many occasions. In fact the week before he died he told me he wanted to visit again – despite his failing hearing – he wanted to feel India again. I had hoped we might visit together. Alas that was not to be.
Manjusvara gave so much to Karuna, in so many ways and for so many years as director of fundraising, newsletter editor and mentor to many Karuna staff and volunteer fundraisers over the years.
This year’s newsletter with its interviews and wonderful images taken by Padmadhara highlights changes in the lives of people who have benefitted from Karuna’s work. It’s a snapshot but we hope it shows how Karuna’s work is making a real difference in India.
After 30 years working with Dalit communities in India, we and our 35 project partners – whose dedicated staff largely come from the same disadvantaged communities – have assessed how we can best take our vision forward. So in this newsletter we examine the five themes – education, women’s empowerment, human rights, leadership development and mind change - where we are focussing our resources to take down the barriers of caste once and for all.
You can download a copy of the newsletter from the Karuna website here.
None of this work would be possible of course without the support of the hundreds of volunteer fundraisers who have given their time over the years to fundraiser for Karuna.
There are now four ways you can support Karuna’s work in India and engage in a unique and powerful spiritual practice:
1. Join a six week residential door to door appeal 2. Help out on a six week non-residential telephone fundraising campaign in London 3. Live and work in the men’s Appeal Vihara at the London Buddhist Centre, for six weeks, three months or longer 4. Earn your living as a solo fundraiser in your home town
To find out more contact Jo, Amalavajra or Jayaraja