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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 for applications is 5pm Friday 27 October 2017. We hope to be able to interview shortlisted candidates in November with a view to making an appointment as soon as possible thereafter. If you are interested in working with us, please contact Shantiprabha, Chair of the Abhayaratna Trust, for an informal chat and/or to ask about the job description and application process: call 0121 572 3048 or email shantiprabha@abhayaratnatrust.org.uk....

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A Beginner’s Guide to Wills

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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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Performance: Heart of the Sorrow

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At the area Order weekend in August at Ahisathana, Satyadaka and I put on a performance of Heart of the Sorrow on behalf of the Abhayaratna Trust; a song cycle on the myth of Orpheus, with narrative and some of Rilke’s Sonnets to Orpheus woven in, that emerged after I came across a fully strung harp that was abandoned and rotting on a pavement in Glasgow. Satyadaka read from his own translations of Rilke and played some lead guitar on Eurydice’s Death Song, with Satyalila on tambourine. The songs and narrative are a re-interpretation of the myth, relating the story of Orpheus and his attempt to recover his bride Eurydice from the Underworld; the need for him to turn and face the impermanent and ungraspable nature of all things and find an opening of the heart that leads beyond sorrow. Ninety seven people attended the performance, some people told me they were moved to tears, which was pleasing to hear, as it suggested that we had managed to communicate something of meaning. I am hoping it will be possible to perform these songs to Orpheus at various Buddhist centres. If interested do ask. Jinavamsa Keep up to date with us on Facebook and Twitter, explore our website for helpful resources and information on making donations, and Wills, and get in touch with any questions, comments or queries or just to say hello.  ...

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A case of dysentery

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The story from the Pali Canon about ‘A case of dysentery’  resonates with the work of the Abhayaratna Trust. We want to ensure that no Triratna Order members are isolated from the spiritual community through old age or illness or disability. You might like to read the version on Bhante Sangharakshita’s website in the Buddha’s Victory – here: http://www.sangharakshita.org/_books/buddhas-victory.pdf  

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Just Ask for help when you need it

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Just Ask for help when you need it

If you are a Triratna Buddhist Order member struggling financially, get in touch with us to see if we can help. You can talk through your request with Taradakini first or simply complete our Dana Request Form, which you can download here, and send to Taradakini@abhayaratnatrust.org.uk. Taradakini can also email or post you the form or complete the request with you over the phone (See the Guidance Notes on the Dana Request Form or the Order List for Taradakini’s phone number.) Requests for support are mostly decided in 7 days, or sooner in an urgent or emergency situation.   ...

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Farewell to Sara

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Farewell to Sara

Sara Khorasani, our wonderful Donor Care & Communications Officer for this past year, is off to Spain for an adventurous year living at Eco Dharma. She has been a great help to the Trust and will be much missed. At the same time we are excited for her to have this opportunity to experience community living and to abide in a beautiful landscape that we know she will love. Go well Sara, and thank you.         

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