Including The Abhayaratna Trust in your will
The Abhayaratna Trust is the Triratna Order’s benevolent fund. We are working to put an end to financial hardship within the Order and build a fund to sustain the Order long into the future.
We care about the welfare of every Order member; from those who have and are dedicating their working life to teaching the Dharma and building our Sangha, to those who have dropped out of sight and are living in poverty or isolation.
We are able to do this work because of the generosity of those who have remembered the Trust in their will. Legacies can significantly increase our ability to help Order members in need around the world and are a very effective long term method of supporting the spiritual practice of the Order.
Thank you for considering this possibility.
If you wish to leave a gift to be used for a specific purpose, for example elder co-housing or retreats for Dharmacharinis in India, or would like to talk to someone about leaving a legacy, please do get in touch with us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Unite the Sangha with your Will
Dharmachari Abhayaratna enabled the Trust to be founded, and Order members such as Manjusvara have helped us to grow since we started in 2008.
“I am leaving a modest legacy, when I die, to The Abhayaratna Trust because I know there are many Order members, worldwide, facing illness or old age who aren’t able to finance themselves to attend retreats or Order events, which support their own spiritual practice and their Order life. I think it is such a worthwhile charity so I want to help fund our Order, some of whom have worked wholeheartedly for the Triratna Community over many years.”
– Dharmacharini Kalyanasri
Make a start today
Making a will, or amending an existing one, is easier than you might think.
Download our Will Planner here
Download our Codicil Form and Guidelines here
Sample text for a Will
To include The Abhayaratna Trust in your will, you can use this recommended wording:
“I give free of taxes as a charitable bequest (either a specific sum or a proportion of the residuary estate) to The Abhayaratna Trust, UK Registered Charity No 1126494, to be used as both capital and income for the general purposes of The Abhayaratna Trust. I direct that the receipt of the Finance Secretary for the time being or other duly authorised officer shall be a full discharge to my executors.”
Contact details to be written into the will: Website www.abhayaratnatrust.org.uk (Or see up-to-date details about The Abhayaratna Trust at www.charitycommission.gov.uk using the registered number 112494)
Points to consider when writing a will
- Appoint two executors (including someone who is good at administrative work, and maybe younger than you).
- Have one of the executors a friend who really knows you and your connections.
- Include a small gift or bequest for the executors – it’s a lot of work!
- Make an allowance for the cost of your funeral – consider a pre-purchase deal which most undertakers offer.
- Specify your wishes for your funeral. It is important to state that you wish to have a Buddhist Funeral, and to include the contact details of your local Centre. Your family’s wishes take precedence if you haven’t stated your wishes.
- Keep the Will somewhere where it will be found. Have an ‘In The Event of My Death’ file, and tell your friends where to find it. Many people ask the solicitor who has helped to draw up their Will to hold a copy.
Visit www.triratnadevelopment.org for will-making resources and other Triratna charities.
www.remembercharity.org.uk has guidance on all aspects of the will making and charity bequests.
https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/relationships/death-and-wills/wills/ has comprehensive information on wills.
Listen to our podcast ‘A Beginner’s Guide to Wills’, where Satyadasa of Greengate Wills gives useful advice and answers questions about wills and will writing.