Thanks to its “amazing” Buddhist volunteer fundraisers, in 2015 Triratna’s Karuna Trust had the best fundraising year in its 35-year history.
Karuna’s head of fundraising, Steven Murdoch, writes: “In a year when the UK charity sector was widely criticised for some dubious fundraising practices, Karuna had its most successful fundraising season ever. This means we are on course to send over £1M to our project partners working with persecuted dalit and tribal communities in India and Nepal.”
BBC Radio 4’s new series ‘India in 50 lives’ kicked off on Monday with a 15-minute programme about the Buddha and his influence on today’s Dalits (formerly known as Untouchables). Briefly we hear the voice of Dr Ambedkar.
By Munisha on Thu, 10 Apr, 2014 - 18:57Last week India’s prime minister compared the plight of India’s Dalits to that of black South Africans under apartheid. “Even after 60 years of constitutional and legal protection there is still social discrimination against Dalits in many parts of the country.”
Marking this, the BBC radio programme Woman’s Hour this week featured an interview with the Dalit campaigner Ruth Manorama, who won a human rights award last month for her work with Dalit people, especially women...
By Shakyapada on Fri, 5 Jul, 2013 - 15:18Life on a Karuna door-knocking appeal
Previously (a week ago) on the Green Tara Appeal: Our actual target for the whole appeal is £1791 and with just 6 evenings to go we are still £739 short. So, between us, we need to find around £123 each evening in monthly donations. A big ask when we’ve averaged around £64 in the last four evenings. It’s a daunting task and the Green Tara Team really have their work cut out over...
By Shakyapada on Fri, 21 Jun, 2013 - 11:35Life on a Karuna door-knocking appeal
Day 28: Welcoming the Demons
“The spiritual journey involves stepping into unknown territory with a hunger to know what is true. One of the essential elements of such a life is the understanding that everything we encounter - fear, resentment, jealousy, embarrassment - is actually an invitation to see clearly where we are shutting down and holding back.” Aura Glaser, Tricycle Magazine, Spring 2012
By Shakyapada on Fri, 14 Jun, 2013 - 12:24Life on a Karuna door-knocking appeal
Day 20: All for one, one for all
It’s nearing the end of week three and, amidst all the feelings that we are experiencing, a deep and broad sense of community seems to be emerging.
The Magnificent Seven - our own Green Tara Appeal community - continues to blossom and our friendship with each other is growing strongly. It is still almost unbelievable to me that seven strangers can come together...
By Shakyapada on Sat, 1 Jun, 2013 - 23:13Day 3: Out on the Streets
It’s the end of the first week and we’ve all survived. Unfortunately two of our team - Amitasuri and Jamie - have been poorly and therefore unable to join us on the first few days of the Karuna door-knocking appeal. However we’re hoping that they’ll both be fit and well very soon.
I must say that, generally (and perhaps surprisingly) we seem to have enjoyed ourselves. Speaking for myself, I’m having a...