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"... money was a kind of placeholder for life and love ..."

By Liz_Bassett on Wed, 16 Aug, 2017 - 15:43

"... money was a kind of placeholder for life and love ..."

By Liz_Bassett on Wed, 16 Aug, 2017 - 15:43

Money often substitutes for other things we want. But how to tell the difference? Amalavajra, a banker-turned-Buddhist fundraiser, explores how his relationship with money has changed.

Listen to an interview with Amalavajra on his life as banker and Buddhist

In May 1999, at the age of twenty-five, I was a bond dealer at JP Morgan, a major US investment bank just off Fleet Street. I had always wanted to be, yes, a ‘millionaire’, and was now well...

Triratna News
Triratna News

FutureDharma Fund supports ongoing appeal for Venezeula crisis

By Charlotte Lawes on Mon, 7 Aug, 2017 - 17:23

FutureDharma Fund supports ongoing appeal for Venezeula crisis

By Charlotte Lawes on Mon, 7 Aug, 2017 - 17:23

Thanks to the generosity of the European Chairs Assembly, in just a few minutes FutureDharma Fund raised £5000 in pledges to help sangha members in Venezuela, whose country is in crisis. 

Chairs from Triratna Buddhist Centres across Europe and representatives from major Triratna projects had gathered together at Vajrasana for a 10-day meeting. They were joined by several other Chairs from around the world, including Vajranatha. He is the only Order Member in Venezuela and Chair of Merida Buddhist Centre, supporting a sangha including 22 mitras,...

Triratna News
Triratna News

Growth Fund 2017 now open

By Munisha on Tue, 25 Apr, 2017 - 10:49

Growth Fund 2017 now open

By Munisha on Tue, 25 Apr, 2017 - 10:49

Every year Triratna’s European Chairs’ Assembly (ECA) invites applications to its Growth Fund, for projects encouraging/enabling more people to learn basic meditation and Dharma with Triratna. The closing date this year is 28th May and applications are invited from Triratna Groups or Centres.

Mokshini writes from the ECA’s Development Team: “In 2017, we have a total of around £5600 available and we envisage this being given in relatively small amounts of up to £1000 each to Triratna projects around the world,...

Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

European Chairs’ Assembly talks money and many languages

By Munisha on Tue, 6 Sep, 2016 - 19:04

European Chairs’ Assembly talks money and many languages

By Munisha on Tue, 6 Sep, 2016 - 19:04

Moving towards the end of their weeklong meeting at Adhisthana, the European Chairs offered puja books in many European languages in an international puja in which we recited the positive precepts in nine languages. You’ll find the international puja book collection on a new shelf at the back of the shrine room.

They also reviewed their finances (see below) and enjoyed a series of very short, spontaneous ‘pop-up’ talks on topics including:

Triratna News
Triratna News

FutureDharma Fund launches: pass it on!

By Munisha on Tue, 23 Aug, 2016 - 13:59

FutureDharma Fund launches: pass it on!

By Munisha on Tue, 23 Aug, 2016 - 13:59

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...

Triratna News
Triratna News

FutureDharma: for all Triratna and the world

By Munisha on Wed, 10 Feb, 2016 - 23:46

FutureDharma: for all Triratna and the world

By Munisha on Wed, 10 Feb, 2016 - 23:46

The FutureDharma Fund is coming! 

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...

Triratna News
Triratna News

2015 breaks Karuna's fundraising records

By Munisha on Wed, 10 Feb, 2016 - 12:21

2015 breaks Karuna's fundraising records

By Munisha on Wed, 10 Feb, 2016 - 12:21

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.”

He attributes...

Buddhist Action Month 2015
Buddhist Action Month 2015

More about awakening your money

By Munisha on Sun, 21 Jun, 2015 - 16:36

More about awakening your money

By Munisha on Sun, 21 Jun, 2015 - 16:36

We haven’t said very much so far about Triratna’s second theme for Buddhist Action Month: Awakening your money sense.  Amalavajra, Triratna’s European fundraiser writes with some ideas for getting real about your money, including a short questionnaire.

“Why not use Buddhist Action Month to finally get real about money - both objectively (how much you really have and need), and subjectively (your underlying attitudes and beliefs about money)?

You may find, as many people do, that your relationship to money mirrors your...

Buddhist Action Month 2015
Buddhist Action Month 2015

Sustainability - Awakening Money - Caring for Others: Your World Needs You!

By mokshini on Mon, 6 Apr, 2015 - 21:40

Sustainability - Awakening Money - Caring for Others: Your World Needs You!

By mokshini on Mon, 6 Apr, 2015 - 21:40

This year we have three broad areas for suggested actions for your Buddhist Centre or Sangha - but don’t let that limit you. Other suggestions welcome, of course! If you’d like to share them in this space, mokshini [at] ntlworld.com (get in touch)

Sustainability 
1. Get in touch with the trustees at your Buddhist Centre and talk about how your Centre can move towards becoming low–carbon sustainable community” and be part of Triratna’s...

Free Buddhist Audio
Free Buddhist Audio

FBA Podcast: Understanding Money, Understanding Ourselves

By Rijupatha on Tue, 27 Jan, 2015 - 02:10

FBA Podcast: Understanding Money, Understanding Ourselves

By Rijupatha on Tue, 27 Jan, 2015 - 02:10Subscribe to the FBA Podcast

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In this wide-ranging FBA Podcast entitled “Understanding Money, Understanding Ourselves”, Siddhisambhava encourages us to talk about money more and suggests reasons why we often find that so hard to do. She outlines the Buddha’s approach to money and encourages us become clearer and more confident in it...

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