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Appeal for Kamalashila

Posted on 4:08 pm in Appeals | Comments Off on Appeal for Kamalashila

Dear Friends,

The Abhayaratna Trust is appealing for £12,000 to support Kamalashila for the next two years. Please help if you can. 

I count myself as Kamalashila’s friend, so I am not unbiased, but I personally believe that without him, Triratna would not be as rich a context as it is in which to practice the Dharma.

Kamalashila has spent most of his adult life teaching, and practising to the depth that makes his teaching of such value. He set up the West London Buddhist Centre in 1976, and three years later helped found Vajraloka.

Kamalashila has given us one of the most useful books on meditation available. In 1985 he became the first Order member to give Public ordinations on behalf of Sangharakshita and has, until very recently, been leading retreats and study year on year in a schedule which would exhaust most people. Few who have experienced his teaching come away unaffected by his clarity and wisdom.

Now, after what he describes as ‘a minor health scare’ (he lost all sensation, though not movement, in his body from the chest down!), he has decided to take a two-year break from all teaching and responsibility; time for reflection and recuperation. Such a break seems absolutely necessary to me, especially as Kamalashila is approaching 70. Let’s support him to take this break.

Kamalashila has never charged for his teaching. Apart from donations, he is reliant on his state pension of £41.63 per week. 

You can help our extremely valued friend to meet his modest needs by making a regular or single donation, large or small, so that together we raise at least £12,000 to support him for the next 24 months.   

You can donate securely today by clicking on www.abhayaratnatrust.org/donate (select ‘Individual Appeal’ fund) using PayPal or a debit card.

Sending a (UK) cheque made payable to ‘The Abhayaratna Trust’ (please write ‘Kamalashila’ on the back) to Jinavamsa, Abhayaratna Trust, 37 Amisfield Street (0/3), Glasgow, G20 8LB.

Donating directly to The Abhayaratna Trust, account number 00023681, sort code 40-52-40, reference ‘Kamalashila’.

All donations will be acknowledged, and if you have any questions about this appeal, including international bank transfers, please email jinavamsa@abhayaratnatrust.org.uk.

Thank you, Dharmavadana, WLBC Sangha and poetry Editor of ‘Urthona’ magazine

 

Help Indian Order Members attend the Convention in India

Posted on 7:31 am in Appeals | Comments Off on Help Indian Order Members attend the Convention in India

“I am living in Nagpur, and getting old now. It might be my last international convention in 2018 next year and without help of Abhayaratna Trust I will not able to attend this. Thank you very much for kind help.”  Dhammacharini Tejomayi

So far we have raised almost half of the £6,000 we are appealing for to support 100 Indian Order members attend the Triratna Buddhist Order International Convention in India in February 2018.

That means that so far we can pay for 50 Order members to travel to and attend the convention, which is great but we still need your help to raise enough for another 50 men and women Order members to get there – to be part of this special convention celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Order.

A donation of just £60 will pay for one place and travel. Please the 50 people we need to donate this amount now, either as a single donation through Paypal or card by clicking here, or by taking out a standing order of £5 per month for one year.

To make a donation by cheque or bank transfer please email info@abhayaratnatrust.org.uk for the details, and we will be glad to give you the details.

Thank you very much.

Priyadaka – Abhayaratna Trust Fundraiser