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Posted on Dec 12, 2016 in Articles |

Writing a will – some help getting started

It’s easy to put off writing a will. We all have excuses – ‘I’m still young’ (this body is impermanent), ‘I don’t have anything of value’ (most people are surprised by what their seemingly meagre assets add up to), ‘I’m sure it’ll all be taken care of by my family’ (leaving it up to friends and family to sort out after your death can be complicated and stressful). Writing a will can be easier than you think. Here is a brief guide to getting started. Writing a Will Part 1: Where to Start? Download the Will Planner on our website. First up – figuring out what you have to give. Home, savings, car, pension are often the main things on people’s list. Other things to consider are stocks and shares, insurance and any valuable items. Then comes the less pleasant part – figuring out what you have to owe: outstanding mortgage, loans or overdrafts are often the major considerations. Hopefully you now feel a bit lighter for having taken...

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Posted on May 10, 2016 in Articles |

Death and Dying – what will you do?

‘In my fantasies I am exempted from the general truth of death. But that is a delusion, and death will come to me, even me, as well.’  – The Four Reminders, Vishvapani Despite this truth, we often shy away from talking about death and dying. By opening up this conversation, and by taking steps to make your wishes known to friends and family, you can ensure that your wishes and choices are respected.  What are your funeral wishes? Who would you like to benefit from any wealth and possessions you leave behind? How would you want to be cared for if you could no longer make decisions? Take Action “Although I have thought about making a will many times and also discussed it with others, I haven’t yet done so. It is something that I really need to do. As we know, death is not dependent on age. Making a will is actually Mindfulness of not- Breathing.” – Dharmachari Paramashanti   As well as talking to friends and family about...

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Posted on Apr 14, 2016 in Articles |

An Invitation to Get Involved

Would you like to get involved in helping a Triratna charity? We are seeking Mitras and Order members to help us create connections with local centres. Become a ‘Just Ask’ or a ‘Just Give’ representative, and help the Abhayaratna Trust to continue providing support for Triratna Buddhist Order members in need of support. ‘Just Ask’ Representative A ‘Just Ask’ representative is the bridge between local Order members and the Abhayaratna Trust. As someone involved with the local Sangha you may be aware of Order members in financial difficulties or, if an Order member would like to make an application to the Abhayaratna Trust, then you might be involved in encouraging them to do so. Ideally you would help to share what we do with local Order members through giving our leaflets to chapters, once or twice a year, or perhaps giving a short presentation at a regional Order event. If you are an Order member and like the sound of being an Abhayaratna Trust ‘Just Ask’ Representative then please get in touch: taradakini@abhayaratnatrust.org ‘Just Give’ Representative An Abhayaratna Trust ‘Just Give’ representative...

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Posted on Jan 20, 2015 in Articles |

A MEMOIR OF ABHAYARATNA

A MEMOIR OF ABHAYARATNA

Abhayaratna was the first friend I made when the North London Buddhist Centre opened to the public. It was October 1992. The previous week Bhante had come along for the official opening and the rented studio off the Holloway Road had been packed with Order members wearing kesas, and friends and mitras from all over London and the South East. The week after the opening, the number of people who came along to the centre for the Friends’ evening was in single figures. I began a conversation with the only other man in the room. He was a wiry looking fellow of about 50 with short hair and a serious look on his face. After introducing himself as Chris (as he was then called) he had little to say – except that he was determined to commit himself to the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order. We joined a study group that started to work its way through the then mitra study programme under the leadership of Devapriya. At...

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Posted on Oct 4, 2013 in Articles |

Why Write a Will?

Why Write a Will?

NEWS: Satyadasa will be at Birmingham Buddhist Centre on 15 April to give a workshop on wills and legacies. Satyadasa writes: A Will is something most people agree is a good idea, but getting round to it can take a while. The business of being alive takes up rather a lot of time and thinking about death can languish near the bottom of one’s “to do” list for an aeon. It’s not always easy to convince anyone to speed up – people come to it according to their temperament or prompted by some life event or change of circumstances. If you like good reasons, however, a Will helps you: Leave your affairs clear for family, friends and other beneficiaries. This can save arguments and be a comfort to those left coming to terms with your death. You also appoint the people you choose to look after your affairs (called Executors). Give money, property or other gifts to the people you love and care about. And appoint guardians for your...

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Posted on Jul 15, 2013 in Articles |

Sangharakshita on the death of his mother and sister

Sangharakshita on the death of his mother and sister

Bhante Sangharakshita discusses how he responded to the deaths of his mother, sister, other family and friends… Here is an extract from a conversation with Ratnachuda – also available to download. Sangharakshita: I was in contact with my mother quite regularly, especially during the last years of her life. I visited her regularly. She came up to Padmaloka more than once. She visited me at Sukhavati. She was very struck by the image in the shrine room. Very struck. I remember that very well. Her death didn’t come as a great surprise. She was 92. Ratnachuda: So, you have inherited the genetics of longevity! Sangharakshita: Who knows?! My mother’s two youngest brothers, they lived into their nineties. Anyway, concerning my mother, there’s a little story I will tell you. She was in hospital, suffering from old age. She had had a fall, two years earlier, when she had broken her arm. I was due to see her in two weeks’ time, again. One morning at breakfast I suddenly felt,...

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