Triratna members engage in a range of compassionate activities. For some Buddhists their livelihood is a vocation, and many work and volunteer in the caring professions where they live: in hospitals, schools, charities, social work, and so on. Others give their free time — for example, chaplaincy, prison visiting, volunteering at hospices or on telephone helplines, befriending the aged, giving blood, environmental campaigning – whatever motivates their altruism.
In India we have a wide range of social projects (not necessarily tied to Buddhism) working with children and families from some of the poorest communities in the world. The Karuna Trust raises money for many of these. The Nagaloka Centre is a great example of an independently funded project where Buddhist approaches to social work and education directly benefit those attending.
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