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Notes from an Appealing Buddhist

By Shakyapada on Fri, 5 Jul, 2013 - 15:18

Notes from an Appealing Buddhist

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...
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Notes from an Appealing Buddhist

By Shakyapada on Fri, 21 Jun, 2013 - 11:35

Notes from an Appealing Buddhist

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

The end of week four and...
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Notes from an Appealing Buddhist

By Shakyapada on Fri, 14 Jun, 2013 - 12:24

Notes from an Appealing Buddhist

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...
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Notes From an Appealing Buddhist

By Shakyapada on Sat, 8 Jun, 2013 - 20:24

Notes From an Appealing Buddhist

By Shakyapada on Sat, 8 Jun, 2013 - 20:24Day 14: Magic Happens

“Ask yourself, ‘Is there joy, ease and lightness in what I am doing. If there isn’t, then time is covering up the present moment, and life is perceived as a burden or a struggle.’” Eckhart Tolle (Practising the Power of Now)

The end of week two and things are moving on, here on the Green Tara Appeal. I’m pleased to say that Amritasuri and Jamie are both well again and have rejoined us. Now...
Triratna News
Triratna News

A beautiful encounter: Dantacitta shares her experience of week one on the Karuna Green Tara Appeal

By Andrea@Karuna on Fri, 7 Jun, 2013 - 09:01

A beautiful encounter: Dantacitta shares her experience of week one on the Karuna Green Tara Appeal

By Andrea@Karuna on Fri, 7 Jun, 2013 - 09:01In this delightful blog, Dantacitta shares her experience of starting a Karuna doorknocking appeal.

She speaks really movingly about an encounter with a stranger whilst out doorknocking. This perfectly captures the magic, mystery and power of a Karuna doorknocking appeal.

Please send the ‘Magnificant Seven’ your well-wishing via the Karuna Fundraisers Facebook page.

To find out more about the powerfully transformative impact of Appeals and our work in India please visit the Karuna...
Leeds Buddhist Centre
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Notes from an Appealing Buddhist

By Shakyapada on Sat, 1 Jun, 2013 - 23:13

Notes from an Appealing Buddhist

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...
Triratna News
Triratna News

Eknath Awad - one of India's most respected Dalit leaders visits Karuna

By Andrea@Karuna on Thu, 30 May, 2013 - 09:54

Eknath Awad - one of India's most respected Dalit leaders visits Karuna

By Andrea@Karuna on Thu, 30 May, 2013 - 09:54Last week at Karuna we received an important visitor from India, Eknath Awad. In a moving talk held at the North London Buddhist Centre to an audience including the Karuna team, Karuna supporters and volunteer fundraisers, Eknath described his life.

Born an ‘untouchable’ in the mang caste, Eknath started his life as a bonded labourer. He described how because of their ‘low-caste’ status his family had to perform the most menial and degrading jobs such as removing...
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Notes from an Appealing Buddhist

By Shakyapada on Tue, 28 May, 2013 - 22:51

Notes from an Appealing Buddhist

By Shakyapada on Tue, 28 May, 2013 - 22:51Day 2: Settling in and setting out…

Seven strangers coming together on a Saturday afternoon: Dantacitta, Prakashaka, Sanghamani, Amitasuri, Jamie, Sally and myself. Only Dantacitta and Prakashika, (both from Australia), knew each other well.

It could have been a recipe for chaos: six of the seven had never lived in a Buddhist community or done a Karuna Appeal before. Add in two days of intensive reporting-in and workshopping, then complicate further with meals to cook, jobs to...
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Leeds Buddhist Centre

Notes from an Appealing Buddhist

By Shakyapada on Sat, 25 May, 2013 - 11:41

Notes from an Appealing Buddhist

By Shakyapada on Sat, 25 May, 2013 - 11:41Or life on a Karuna fundraising appeal

Ready, set, go…
So here I am sitting on the 10.58 from York, heading for Kings Cross and, for once, I have no expectations about where I’m going or what it’s going to be like. I’m going to be staying in Bethnal Green, at The London Buddhist Centre, for 6 weeks as part of a small team, knocking on suburban doors, introducing people to the work of the Karuna Trust and,...
Triratna News
Triratna News

Full time vacancy for a Programmes Manager at Karuna

By Andrea@Karuna on Tue, 14 May, 2013 - 09:58

Full time vacancy for a Programmes Manager at Karuna

By Andrea@Karuna on Tue, 14 May, 2013 - 09:58Karuna is a dynamic Buddhist charity formed in 1980 as the Triratna Buddhist Community’s response to the suffering of India’s Dalit community. We work with some of India’s most disadvantaged and discriminated people, sending more than £1 million every year to India. Our partners enable Dalit and tribal communities to fulfill their potential through social and Dharma projects. Karuna is a vibrant and dynamic organisation and that offers an amazing opportunity to transform both self and the world!

We...

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