Today we report on a group of women practising the Dharma in a really challenging environment: Venezuela.
You might have missed it, but Venezuela is in the middle of a severe political and economic crisis. According to Bloomberg, the annual inflation rate is about 1200%. With Brexit going on, here in the UK the rate is around 1.8%, and that’s considered high. Food and medicine shortages and a currency nosedive are just some of the problems Venezuelans are facing.
Recognise any of these Order members, Mitras or Friends?
Do they seem special or ordinary to you? Anything stand out?
They are all giving to FutureDharma Fund. Some of them give a monthly donation, some have given a larger one-off gift, made us a loan or put FutureDharma Fund in their Will. In a way, quite ordinary things to do. But also special, because all of our donors have thought carefully about what effect they want their money to have in the world.
Helping to organise London’s first city-wide celebration of Triratna Community Day next Saturday, Satyapurna writes:
“In days gone by, the first weekend in April was well known as marking the anniversary of the founding of the Triratna Buddhist Community in 1967. FWBO Day, as it was called back then, was an annual celebration celebration of the achievements of our wonderful movement.
By Christine on Sun, 9 Nov, 2014 - 14:01I rejoice with delight in the Karaniya Metta Kula!
Formerly the Buddhism and Ecology group, the Metta Kula is a shelter of friendships, in which sangha members can come together to discuss difficult topics of contemporary politics, socio-economic injustices, and concern for the environment and other beings. For modern Buddhists, tremendous opportunities for growth, altruism and sangha building can be found in responding creatively to the environmental crisis.
As a shelter in which individuals are supported to face...
By Rijupatha on Fri, 11 Apr, 2014 - 15:15Two lovely new talks are now available on Free Buddhist Audio that reflect on the inspiration, friendship, and bond between teacher and student in the spiritual life.
Vandanajyoti speaks about her relationship with Sangharakshita and the deep meaning it has had for her. And Nagabodhi remembers his time with Dhardo Rinpoche in Kalimpong, speaking about what he learned from being in the presence of his teacher’s teacher and friend.
By viriyalila on Thu, 6 Feb, 2014 - 16:13This past month we’ve been reflecting on some distinctive Triratna traits with our weekly FBA Podcasts and twice-weekly Dharmabytes. With talks from practitioners speaking about their work in Buddhist Centers, team-based right livelihood businesses, and as communicators of the Dharma through facilitating study, leading retreats and just being friends to one another!
The friendship aspect in our community is crucial in that we aspire to engage with each other in ways that...