Stopping at a roadside service station during a journey many years ago, Sangharakshita surprised his companions by throwing a coin into the wishing well outside. “Did you wish for Enlightenment?” they joked. “No”, he answered, “Enlightenment is guaranteed if you make the effort. I wished for money. With money you can start Buddhist centres.”
Triratna’s FutureDharma Fund, aiming to raise £3-5 million and £500K in annual income by 2021, launched last Saturday at the Combined Order Convention at Wymondham in...
In May Amalavajra ran a Money Awakening Retreat at Adhisthana. Participants from the UK, Europe and Mexico spent a weekend together reflecting on their relationship with money. Through meditation, puja and workshops they explored how we earn, spend, save and donate our money, and learnt how our relationship with money is part of our spiritual life. Meditating on the Buddha Ratnasambhava, retreat participants were encouraged to focus on the 3rd and 2nd precepts: Live Simpler, Give More.
Liz Bassett joined FutureDharma Team in April. Working alongside our Lead Fundraiser, Amalavajra, Liz is our new Communications & Donor Care Manager.
A GFR Mitra, Liz has moved down from Glasgow, her sangha of 8 years, to live and work at Adhisthana. She has previously worked in the NHS as well as the charity and education sectors, and is very happy to be working for Triratna. Her first task is producing the new FutureDharma website that will go live...
FutureDharma is a significant new international Triratna fund, intended to provide greatly improved financial support for Triratna worldwide as we move into our second 50 years, at a time of real challenge for humanity and the planet.
Amalavajra is the ECA’s fundraiser. He writes: “Grounded in Bhante’s vision, FutureDharma is a collaboration between Triratna’s International Order Office, College of Public Preceptors and European Chairs’ Assembly (ECA), as well as its International Council.
The Fund will focus on developing the depth, unity and breadth Triratna needs in order to respond...
Amalavajra seeks Fundraising Assistant for major new Dharma fund
I have been asked to raise £5 million for a bold new international programme of Dharma projects that will create unity and depth of practice within Triratna and allow us to reach out to more and more people around the world. I especially need help with administration and donor care.
Happy and confident with detailed work and simple IT systems such as databases and websites.
Able to communicate well with donors and help them with their enquiries.
Written a few thousand pounds back (when we were 50% there), this is a great Triratna News report on the fundraising for Bhante’s birthday present. Amalavajra, Triratna’s fundraiser in Europe, explains his enthusiasm.
Amalavajra, Triratna’s European fundraiser lists some sources of inspiration for refreshing your relationship with money. First, some talks:
Vaddhaka’s barnstorming talk on Going Beyond Capitalism - A Buddhist Perspective (61 minutes). On video or audio.
Sangharakshita on Buddhist Economics (Audio, 76 minutes) This lecture lays down the principles underlying the creation and use of wealth, and explores the principles of generosity and right livelihood as signified by the Goddess Sri’s promise to give everything...
Amalavajra, Triratna’s European fundraiser writes with further ideas for looking at your relationship to money.
“The third Buddhist precept is ‘with stillness, simplicity and contentment I purify my body.’ So:
Meditate every day for the rest of June to gain the stillness and clarity to know what matters to you. Committing to a regular slot, eg 20 minutes first thing each morning, helps to actually do this. Try this led meditation.
Sit comfortably and do nothing more than watch the birds or clouds, or drink a