By Free Buddhist Audio on Tue, 26 Oct, 2021 - 17:30
Money makes for wonderful means but terrible ends. If we focus our life a mere symbol of relative value then we risk alienating ourselves from the very things we seek - love, meaning and rich experience. Could money instead be a means to not just a better world, but to Enlightenment itself?
Amalavajra is an ex-City broker turned fundraiser. This talk was given to a public audience as part of the June 2014 ‘BAM’ series: ...
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.
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, 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
Amalavajra is a former bond dealer in the City of London, now working for Triratna and touring European Triratna Centres for Buddhist Action Month, speaking in relation to BAM’s second theme of money awareness. (Dates below.)
He has fundraised for Triratna projects, especially Karuna, since 1999 and now lives at Adhisthana. As the fundraiser on the Development Team employed by Triratna’s European Chairs’ Assembly, his aim is to help create a culture of greater confidence, abundance and generosity in relation to money.