About us

Who are we?

Abhayaratna Trust was registered in the UK under Charitable Law (Number 1126494) in 2008 to relieve financial hardship among members of the Triratna Buddhist Order.

Our name - Abhayaratna

Dharmachari Abhayaratna was the first Order Member to leave a legacy to benefit the Triratna Buddhist Order. He loved to help people in practical ways, and when he died on 25 December 2005, left his entire estate of £50,000, which was used to found the Trust which now bears his name.


Meet the team


Mahasraddha is our Director and vision leader. He is inspired to develop a deep culture of care in the Order. You might see him around the Manchester Buddhist Centre, where he is based, or out hill walking. 


Jinavamsa looks after our Donor Communications and social media from his Glasgow home. You might have seen him fundraising for the Trust by performing his songs on myth and imagination. 


Taradakini is the Order Support contact for grant requests and individual appeals. Also in Glasgow, she has worked for the Trust for 7 years in different roles, and she loves the practical nature of the work. 

Our Trustees

Our Trustees discuss and decide policies and grant requests. They are Dharmashura (Chair), Shraddhalocani, Vidusi, Danayutta and Shantisthana. Shantiprabha is our part-time bookkeeper. 

I grew up in a Chinese Buddhist family where respect and care for our elders and generosity to those in need are valued qualities.
— Danayutta
I am delighted to be a Trustee and use my experience to establish housing and care services for those most in need within the Order.
— Shantisthana
I value the Order very highly and want to do something for those who need an extra bit of help.
— Vidusi
My motivation, indeed inspiration, in becoming a Trustee for The Abhayaratna Trust is one of gratitude.
— Shraddhalocani
Helping to look after my father, later moving into a community of Buddhists aged 50-75, I’m aware of the need to effectively support those encountering hardship.
— Dharmashura