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Posted on Oct 5, 2017 in Appeals |

Appeal for Kamalashila

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’...

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Posted on Oct 3, 2017 in News |

Job Opportunity

Could you be our next Director? Founded in 2008, the Abhayaratna Trust supports Order members around the world who are experiencing financial hardship. Over nine years we have been helping an increasing number to maintain their Dharma practice and sangha connections, as well as assisting with urgent living costs. We expect this number to continue to grow in the coming years. Now we are looking for an Order member to enable the further development of the work of the Trust and lead the team in the effective pursuit of our objectives. This is an opportunity to play an important role in the life of the Triratna Buddhist Order. Our Director will ideally work full-time, but hours are negotiable. We have no office, so you may work anywhere in the UK but you will need to be able to get to regular meetings of the Trust (usually in Birmingham). Support is needs-based and will be discussed in the context of the Abhayaratna Trust’s ethos and budget limits. The closing date...

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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 Oct 18, 2016 in Videos |

Just Ask. Just Give.

Just Ask. Just Give.

Why do people support the Abhayaratna Trust and who benefits? Grateful thanks to Shantiketu for making this video.

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Posted on Sep 13, 2016 in News |

A Beginner’s Guide to Wills

At last year’s Triratna International Combined Convention the Abhayaratna Trust welcomed 24 people to our ‘Wills Café’. Some wondered who Will was, with one attendee expected a discussion on Shakespeare, but everyone seemed to appreciate Satyadasa from Greengate Wills introducing will writing and answering all kinds of questions – from what is probate to where should one store a will, and writing wills to cover owned property abroad. Listen in...

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