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Ratnachuda

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Ratnachuda

“I knew Abhayaratna and his generous bequest to establish a trust for Order members in need inspired me to want to help the Trust progress.” Ratnachuda (Robert Jones) was ordained in 1995. Qualified as a civil engineer, Ratnachuda went on to study psychotherapy to MA level. He has extensive experience of loss and bereavement issues, including work with Cruse bereavement and Trinity Hospice. After five years as a member of the Rivendell Retreat Centre community, Ratnachuda was central in developing the Triratna Brixton Centre. He became a Trustee of The Abhayaratna Trust in...

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Shantisthana

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Shantisthana

  “I am delighted to be a Trustee of the Abhayaratna Trust and see this as an ideal opportunity  to use my experience and knowledge of both the care sector and project development to further the aims of the Trust and to establish housing and care services for those most in need within the Order.” Shantisthana  (he who stands firmly in peace) was ordained in 2004 and joined The Abhayaratna Trust as a Trustee in 2013. He is Director of Operations and Deputy CEO at Birmingham Mind and has worked in the voluntary mental health sector for more than 25 years. He is involved in running projects with TBMSG and the Birmingham Buddhist Centre carers project....

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Shantiprabha

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Shantiprabha

  “I am really pleased that the Trust is able to respond to all sorts of applications, including from those who are not working in an Order context, or who haven’t for many years – that we can respond to people generously, without an expectation of reciprocation.” Shantiprabha (Adrian Macro) is the present Chair of the Abhayaratna Trust. He joined the Order in 1982 and was a founder of the Oxford Buddhist Centre, and its chair for 10 years. Shantiprabha has valuable experience in Right Livelihood, having worked for Friends Gardening in London and the Karuna Trust. Now living in Birmingham, Shantiprabha works as a Charity accountant, is a Buddhist Chaplain and a Restorative Justice...

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Dharmashura

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Dharmashura

“Helping to look after my father some years ago before he died, and then moving into a community of Buddhists aged 50-75, I became much more aware of the need for us to organise more effectively to support those members who encounter hardship.” Dharmashura (Alan Sabatini) has worked extensively for the Triratna Buddhist Community over the past 21 years in a variety of roles, including Centre Manager in Birmingham, Secretary of Dharmachakra/FreeBuddhistAudio and Chairman of Windhorse Publications. Ordained in 1995, Dharmashura is currently Director of the Birmingham Buddhist...

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Shraddhalocani

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Shraddhalocani

“My life was at sea until I was fortunate enough to come across the Triratna Buddhist Centre in Bristol. My first teacher had been in the Order for many years and had spent most of his adult life living frugally and teaching the Dharma…not a Triratna ‘high flyer’, just another devoted Order member in a provincial city helping turn the wheel of the Dharma… My motivation, indeed inspiration, in becoming a Trustee for the Abhayaratna Trust is one of gratitude.” Shraddhalocani (she who has the eye of faith) joined as a Trustee on 21 February 2014. Based in Bristol, she was the CEO of a charity there for many years and is a current Trustee of Bristol Buddhist Centre. She got involved with The Abhayaratna Trust to help ensure fellow Order members have somewhere to turn when in financial help....

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Vidusi

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Vidusi

“I value the Order very highly and Jnanamitra’s talk at the Convention inspired me to want to do something for those who need an extra bit of help.” Vidusi was ordained in 2006 by Parami and her name means ‘A wise woman’. She worked for many years as a chemist and food technologist and came across Triratna in Croydon. After being made redundant she moved back home to Blackburn and worked for Age Concern as a volunteer for seven years. From 2005 Vidusi has been centre manager at The Blackburn Triratna Buddhist Centre, where she also teaches and takes mitra...

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Dhammadinna (Patron)

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Dhammadinna (Patron)

“I am delighted to be the Patron of The Abhayaratna Trust. I think it is crucial that as an Order we can find ways to support Order members who are ill or who need financial help, especially in their old age. By doing this we express our gratitude for others in practical ways and work together as a compassionate community.” Dhammadinna joined us as Patron in 2013. She was ordained in 1973 by Sangharakshita. She was secretary of the original North London Centre for a few years and then became overall Women’s Mitra convenor for seven years. Dhammadinna lived and worked around the LBC from 1982-1992, was on the council, taught at the Centre and lived in communities. In 1992 she left London to be part of the Tiratanaloka ordination retreat centre for women, involved in the fundraising and property search, and living at Tiratanaloka from 1994-2005. Dhammadinna became a private preceptor in 1996 and a Public Preceptor in 1998, is a College Member and the President of Tiratanaloka. She lives in a community near the London Buddhist Centre and is involved in various local...

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Taradakini – Director

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Taradakini – Director

“I had included the Abhayaratna Trust in my Will but when the Secretary’s job was advertised I thought, how satisfying to be able to help Order members in need while I’m still alive! After four years in that role, I am delighted to now be serving as the Trust’s Director,” Taradakini (Tracy McConnell) was ordained at Akashavana women’s retreat centre in 2008 by Kalyanavaca. Her first involvement with Buddhism was at the Croydon Buddhist Centre in the early 1990s, working in a team based right livelihood wholefood shop and living for a time at Khadiravani women’s community. She took time out from the Movement and went to work as a health journalist and organic event organiser, before re-engaging with the Triratna Buddhist Community in Edinburgh in 2004.  Taradakini qualified as a Breathworks Trainer in 2007 and teaches at the Triratna Fife...

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