FutureDharma Team

Future Dharma Team

Meet the Trustees and team of FutureDharma Fund, working together on behalf of the Public Preceptors’ College, European Chairs Assembly, International Council and International Order Office. Most of our team work part-time. This allows us to draw on their breadth of skills and experience whilst keeping our costs as low as possible. 

Trustees

Paramabandhu

Paramabandhu

Chair of Trustees (College of Public Preceptors representative)

“FutureDharma is a great opportunity to strategically direct our resources. That way we can make the Dharma as widely available as possible and support deepening of its practice for the benefit of beings.”

Subhadramati

Subhadramati

Trustee (Order representative)

“Bhante once dropped a coin into a wishing well. He was asked was he wishing for Enlightenment. Apparently he replied ‘No, that’s guaranteed with practice; I’m wishing for money because we need money to spread the Dharma’. Maybe this story is apocryphal but it still expresses something I believe and FutureDharma Fund is our boldest effort to help the Dharma flourish into the future!”

Jvalamalini

Jvalamalini

Trustee (European Chairs Assembly (Movement) representative)

“Throughout my years in Triratna I’ve seen good people struggling and limiting their vision for Dharma projects through lack of money. I believe FutureDharma Fund can change all that. We can all participate in the delight and freedom of sharing resources, whether giving or receiving, knowing more dreams can flourish to help the Dharma change lives.”

Ksantikara

Ksantikara

Young People's Coordinator (College Trust)

As Young Buddhist Convenor I’ve visited tons of Triratna situations and am struck by the passion, friendship and wisdom we have to offer the world. All too often though our precious situations are held back by lack of money, marketing and strategy – Future Dharma Fund helps with all three! I’m chuffed to be even a small part of their team.
Gunabhadri

Gunabhadri

ECA Development Team

Many new initiatives got off the ground with the help of grants from the FutureDharma Fund and wouldn’t have been possible without it. I feel honoured to be a small link in the chain of circumstance that makes these things come into being.

Jnanadhara

Jnanadhara

International Movement Coordinator

“When I first encountered Triratna it came as a huge relief to have found people that I could trust and a practice that I could do that actually worked to effect real transformation. I’m inspired to help as many people as possible around the world to have the same opportunity I had and I see Future Dharma Fund as a way to raise and distribute funds to enable this to happen.”

Team

Nandavajra

Nandavajra

Director

“The FutureDharma Fund has the potential to become a bold and ambitious expression of Sangharakshita’s vision of ‘Transforming self, transforming world’. For all of us it is an opportunity to ask how we want to use our resources for the greatest good, and the world certainly needs dynamic and effective expressions and communication of the Dharma, which the Fund aims to enable.”

Karunatara

Karunatara

Head of Major Relationships

I’m deeply inspired by the open handed mudra of generosity and the teaching of there being no difference between the giver, the gift and the receiver. FutureDharma Fund allows us all to play our part in that vision and enable many around the world to benefit directly from the Buddha’s teaching to end suffering.

Jnanaruchi

Jnanaruchi

Programmes Manager

“I really enjoy working for a Triratna Right Livelihood, we’re a keen and committed team who are able to help Dharma projects around the world. I’m the one that informs project’s they’ve got their funding, which is a delight indeed!”

Visarada

Visarada

Bookkeeper

“I’m so glad to have benefited from, and participated in the Triratna Buddhist Community,  From my first visit to Birmingham Buddhist Centre in 2003 all the way through to living in residential communities, working in team based right livelihoods and being ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order.  
 
Across the world, members of our community are helping people make contact with the Three Jewels and Sangharakshita’s teaching, in unique ways appropriate to their individual situations.  The Future Dharma Fund helps make sure these efforts have the funding they need so that others can benefit as I have.”
Danayutta

Danayutta

Director of Systems and Finance

“Once our basic needs are met, what all humans need most are tools and practices for the growth of our capacity for love and wisdom. The Dharma provides the clearest and most practical means of achieving our human potential.”

 

 

Pundarika

Pundarika

Supporter Care Officer

Catching the Dharma at my local Centre is the greatest gift I have been given. The conditions that enabled that happening to occur were born out of the dedication and generosity of many many folk, over many many years, a lineage that goes back to the Buddha himself. My wish is to make the dharma available to as many people in the world as possible, and it’s a delight to know that my working life can contribute to this.

Alexandra

Alexandra

Communications Officer

“I have long wanted to work in a Team Based Right Livelihood and I am over the moon to be a part of this magnificent team. Spreading the Dharma throughout the world while aspiring to embody the Bodhisattva Ideal is a beautiful way to practice.”

Satyadarshin

Satyadarshin

Systems & Database Manager

Suryanaga

Suryanaga

Systems & Database Manager

It might be apocryphal, but I love the story of someone asking Bhante if he could have Enlightenment or £1 million what he would choose. Apparently, he said £1 million because “with practice, Enlightenment is guaranteed – but to practice and share the Dharma we need resources!”

Kusalaraja

Kusalaraja

Fundraising and Communications Director

“What a privilege it is to spend my days working for the Dharma, surrounded by committed and inspiring practitioners! I have enormous gratitude for what the gift of the Dharma has done for me; for how it is uniquely presented by Bhante. It is only right that I commit the greater part of my time and energy trying to pay this gift forward. I can think of no better vehicle to do this than FutureDharma.”

Varabandhu

Varabandhu

Fundraiser

“I believe strongly in fundraising as a spiritual practice. Two years after joining this wonderful Order I have recently stepped away from a career in news journalism to respond to the need that arose in Future Dharma in early 2023 for a fundraiser. I’ve done this because I know the vital role that Future Dharma has in ensuring the growth and deepening of our movement. Again and again I’ve experienced in myself and in friends the transformative effect of meeting the Buddha Dharma as enunciated by Bhante. I’m excited to be in a position to be able to contribute to ensuring many more people benefit in the same way for decades and centuries to come.”

Sugarbha

Sugarbha

Major Donor Fundraiser

” I have spent the last 11 years pioneering in Barcelona. It gives me so much satisfaction to see people here connect with the Sangha and ‘begin to get Triratna’. It is a source of deeper joy when one starts to notice people beginning to significantly transform their lives and worlds based on Bhante’s vision. It’s clear to me that Triratna needs more bold pioneers, many qualities are needed to pioneer effectively, a key factor is also funding! I work part time for Future Dharma, it feels very much the same work I am engaged with at the Barcelona Buddhist Centre. This reaching out with the Buddha’s teaching inspires me and I want to help others to also reach out through my work for Future Dharma helping to raise funds.”
What is the FutureDharma Fund?  At a recent Triratna International Council meeting Nandavajra, the Fund’s Director, explains the purpose of FutureDharma. Watch this clip to hear in some detail how it all started, what it does, how it’s developing, and what the future holds.