3,200 Triratna centres around the world? Here’s a £54,000 start.
This was the vision painted for our movement in another 50 years time, by Sanghadeva, ‘serial pioneer’. This weekend at Adhisthana it inspired about 150 gifts from Order Members totalling £54,000. Here is a two minute video where I share my delight!
Sanghadeva was speaking on Sunday to 350 Order Members from around the UK and Ireland who had gathered at Adhisthana to evoke Padmasambhava, the Second Buddha, and to celebrate Sangharakshita’s birthday.
He told how 15 years ago he had helped Vajragupta, Chair of Birmingham Buddhist centre, to start four new Triratna groups, one in each of the cardinal directions. Today there is a thriving centre in Shrewsbury, and groups in Worcester and Warwick.
By his calculations, if each of Triratna’s 100 centres worldwide seeded a new centre every ten years then by our movement’s centenary in 2068 there’d be 3,200, one for almost every world city with a population over 300,000.
Karunadhi from Tiratanaloka told the story of how the life of Anna Markiewicz has been transformed by her contact with Sanghaloka, our Buddhist centre in Krakow, Poland.
Subhadramati then asked the Order Members present for gifts of £5,000 to £500 in a kind of ‘silent auction’ to launch FutureDharma’s new Global Pioneer’s Fund. As we chanted the Padmasambhava mantra, 150 of us placed pledges of £29,000 into a skull offering bowl. Together with two prior gifts of £20,000 and £5,000, this means there’ll now be £54,000 for Triratna pioneers around the world.
Whatever you already give (or feel moved to give now) will also help this vital work to spread the Dharma around this world that is on fire. On behalf of the many peoples’ lives, like Anna’s, whom you will help to transform, thank you.
With warm wishes,
Amalavajra and the rest of FutureDharma team