aparajita's picture

Safeguarding for Groups

Thu, 16 Jan, 2020 - 15:21

Here is some general guidance and advice about safeguarding in Triratna groups.

For any more general advice contact Munisha [at] triratnadevelopment.org

and to report/discuss using confidential email safeguarding [at] triratna.community

Log in or register to respond


aranyaka's picture

What an excellent resource. Thank you for all the work you put into this Munisha!

Development Team's picture
Development Team

Some info on GDPR (data protection law)

Tue, 3 Sep, 2019 - 21:29

If you have further questions about the new legislation around data protection feel free to get in touch and we may be able to help or put you in touch with others with experience in this field 

info [at] triratnadevelopment.org

Also, the ICO has an advice line for small organisations which you can call if you have any tricky questions - 0303 123 1113 and select option 4 

You may also find information on their website of interest

Additional info added March 2018: 

(1) Abigail Luthmann from Dhanakosha...

Log in or register to respond


Munisha's picture

Some of you may wonder questions about how data protection law affects the sharing - and storage - of information related to Safeguarding.

The short answer is that in the UK, the Data Protection Act 2018 contains an amendment specifically to permit the careful and limited sharing of information in order to address or prevent harm and crime - only between the few who need to know in order to address the matter effectively and swiftly.

Here is a document the Safeguarding team put out in 2018 to complement the ‘Changes to Data Protection’ document attached to the post above. It covers how to store confidential information/case notes securely, as required of Safeguarding officers in Britain.

And for those of you who live outside the UK… things may be very different indeed. In Sweden, where I live, the storage of confidential sensitive personal information or case notes by a charity/förening is completely forbidden! So check the law in your country.


aparajita's picture

Applying to become a CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation)

Tue, 21 May, 2019 - 17:22

A Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) is the form that the Charity Commission now suggest charities use - it has the benefit of limiting the liability of the trustees.

It is not that hard to do, honestly! The attached documents provide some helpful samples and advice but let us know if you think there is an important omission (info [at] triratnadevelopment.org) - the Development Team are not experts in charity law but will do what they can to help!...

Log in or register to respond
gunabhadri's picture

Risk Assessment Policy and Risk Register

Tue, 14 May, 2019 - 19:15

In the UK it is regarded as good practice for charities to have a Risk Assessment Policy in place and useful to have a Risk Register, listing risks and mitigating factors.

Here  are some resources with information, templates and examples from various sources:

1. Charities and Risk Management CC26 - Gov UK - 32 page document which explains everything
2. Project risk register template and guide - Tasmania Gov - 9 page document
3. Websites with templates for risk registers and related - 1 page with links to useful websites
4. Risk management review...

Log in or register to respond
Development Team's picture
Development Team

Gift Aid Small Donation Scheme

Tue, 16 Apr, 2019 - 15:04

Gift Aid Small Donation Scheme

Tue, 16 Apr, 2019 - 15:04

Thanks to Padmadaka from The Karuna Trust for bringing this to our attention. In brief, if your Centre or group (if a registered charity) claims Gift Aid regularly (in at least 2 of the last 4 tax years), you can claim 25% on cash or contactless card payments which are donations at a religious/spiritual gathering of at least 10 people but not in exchange for some benefit (like a cup of tea). Each donation can be up to £30.

This may be very...

Log in or register to respond
Development Team's picture
Development Team

Facebook advertising

Wed, 20 Feb, 2019 - 10:44

Shakyapada, who runs the York group, has found Facebook advertising very effective in attracting people to their classes. If anyone else has experience of this, feel free to comment…

Log in or register to respond


Jayamuni's picture

I’ve been using Facebook ads to advertise meditation courses in Clermont-Ferrand for over a year now by advertising the Facebook events (rather than the page). We spend 20€ for a 2 week campaign before the start of the course and they tend to fill up well (12 people max). We also advertise by putting out posters and flyers but 90% of the people coming find us through Facebook and the ads.

Beware that if you advertise a course or event that requires booking, you’ll have to keep a close eye on the event page and on people cliking on ‘attending’ but not contacting you directly, even if you specify in the description that they need to book by phone or email.

It also seems to lead to many last minute bookings.

Dhammakumāra's picture

This guide suggests using the “Demographics” thing to target people who are interested in things like “Religion” and “Yoga”.

This is a common mistake people advertising on Facebook make. In my experience of running lots of Facebook advertising campaigns (both in my professional life and for Buddhist centres) this will have the opposite effect to what you want. People who are already interested in say, “religion” are the people who are least likely to be interested in what a Buddhist Centre has to offer (people generally don’t change their faith based on a Facebook ad). Likewise, people who are already interested in yoga probably already have a place they practice yoga and don’t need a new one.

I’ve found for the best results, just leave demographics blank. After all, we want to reach everyone.

Another tip this guide doesn’t mention is to choose your wording and images well. For wording, use of the imperative (e.g. ”Learn to meditate” rather than something ”Interested in learning meditation?” or in the example given in the guide: “Find Peace…” would be better than “Finding Peace…”) would be better. For images: avoid images which are symbolic to Buddhists which non-Buddhists won’t understand (for example, lotus flowers) or are overly generic stock images (white woman doing yoga, forest, sunsets, etc.) and go for something eye-catching (the Buddha image in the example in this guide is pretty good but a bit disconnected from the wording which is about “finding peace in a turbulent world” - instead you could do something that indicates the turbulent world with a Buddha image overlay or something).

mokshini's picture

Dharma Teaching - Level 3 - The Journey and The Guide/Maitreyabandhu

Wed, 21 Feb, 2018 - 17:56

To get a sense of how this course works it may be best to read the document   tjtg_teachers_overview_week_one.docx first  - written by Maitreyabandhu it gives an introduction to the course 

File NameSize
jg_week_one_overview_v2.pdf126.79 KB
jg_week_2_-_mandala_of_integration_v1.pdf277.44 KB
jg_week_3_positive_emotion_v1.pdf220.02 KB
jg_week_4_positive_emotion_v1.pdf279.69 KB
jg_week_5_review_of_integration_positive_emotion_v1.pdf311.83 KB
jg_week_6_spiritual_death_v1.pdf226.52 KB
jg_week_7_spiritual_death_v1.pdf220.96 KB
jg_week_8_spiritual_rebirth_v1.pdf222.02 KB
jg_week_9_spiritual_rebirth_part_2_v1.pdf180.32 KB
jg_week_one_overview_v1.pdf118.56 KB
continuing_the_journey.docx106.22 KB
continuing_the_practice_-_postcards.docx50.85 KB
the_five_reflections.docx59.82 KB
the_guest_house_by_rumi.docx67.51 KB
the_ideal.docx47.84 KB
week_7_spiritual_rebirth.docx156.49 KB
week_eight_spiritual_rebirth_notes_v1.docx133.93 KB
week_nine_summary.docx119.57 KB
the_more_loving_one.docx79.02 KB
tjtg_teachers_overview_week_one.docx122.95 KB
tjtg_week_one_handout_one_v1.docx95.78 KB
tjtg_week_one_handout_two_v1.docx95.21 KB
tjtg_week_one_home_practice_v1.docx72.69 KB
tjtg_week_two_flipchart_v1.docx44.84 KB
tjtg_week_two_home_practice_v1.docx69.78 KB
tjtg_week_3_home_practice_.docx64.33 KB
tjtg_week_three_flipchart_v1.docx49.74 KB
tjtg_week_three_home_practice_v1.docx65.11 KB
tjtg_week_four_flipchart_v1.docx64.19 KB
tjtg_week_four_home_practice_v1.docx75.71 KB
tjtg_week_five_flipchart_v1.docx92.2 KB
tjtg_week_five_home_practice_v1.docx80.69 KB
tjtg_week_six_flipchart_v1.docx47.48 KB
tjtg_week_six_a_recap_on_terms_flipchart_v1.docx59.55 KB
tjtg_week_seven_flipchart_v1.docx60.26 KB
tjtg_week_seven_home_practice_v1.docx87.16 KB
tjtg_week_eight_flipchart_v1.docx67.19 KB
tjtg_week_eight_home_practice_v1.docx84.39 KB
tjtg_week_nine_flipchart_v1.docx67.15 KB
tjtg_teachers_notes7final.pdf278.69 KB
Log in or register to respond


Jnanacandra's picture
Hello dear Mokshini, What do the ‘levels’ refer to? I.e. level 2 and level 3 ?
mokshini's picture

hello dear Jnanacandra, 

nothing very specific! But glancing through the courses, one (the Level 2) seems more basic/introductory (perhaps a follow on from an intro course) whereas the other course (level 3) is more complex and seems to be directed at people with more experience  :)