Triratna Buddhist Community (Brixton)

Registered Charity Number 1084889

Total raised
£5086.00 + £1007.75 Gift Aid = £6093.75
+ £782.50 Gift Aid
+ £225.25 Gift Aid

About Triratna Buddhist Community (Brixton)

The Brixton Buddhist Community is a small non-profit organisation working for the good of the community in South London. Our teachers are all members of the Triratna Buddhist Community, usually of many years experience, and who all volunteers who give their time freely for the benefit of others. Triratna is an international community of Buddhists providing local spaces for people to meditate together and explore the teachings of Buddhism.

Our classes offer teaching on meditation practice and Buddhist principles, at all levels of experience, with an emphasis on friendship and community.We run weekly meditation and Buddhism classes and courses on a donation basis, and a number of annual residential retreats.

The fundraising which we carry out directly supports the running of our activities which teach meditation and Buddhism to those who would most benefit from these practices within their lives. Our aims are both to help support people in becoming happier, healthier human beings and to reduce suffering within the world. 100% of your donation goes towards running these free activities for people in the local community and beyond, including our outreach work for disadvantaged groups.

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Send Charlotte on her Ordination course

After five years of training, I have been invited to join the Triratna Buddhist Order in April 2020 on a three-month course in the Spanish mountains. As part of the Ordination process, I will make a public commitment to transforming myself for the benefit of others and also take the ten ethical precepts. This altruistic vision has been my biggest inspiration for joining the Order and for doing as much as I can to help others achieve their own potential, particularly around the Brixton Buddhist Community where I am now based.
The long retreat is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go much deeper in my practice - living, studying and meditating in a community with 22 other women who are also getting ordained. They are coming from all around the world - including Mexico, Australia, Germany and Sweden - and I'm really looking forward to making more international friendships. Akashavana is in a remote and rugged landscape, with simple facilities, and we won't have any contact with the outside world for the entire retreat. So it's also a chance to 'go forth' from everyday life and really focus on the ordination process.
My teacher Sangharakshita has said that we go away on retreat so that we can come back. Brixton Buddhist Community is growing fast and needs experienced, committed Dharma practitioners that are willing to organise, to teach and to make friends with people coming along. I already lead classes and courses, co-lead a study group, work on our media team and pick up various odd jobs that just need doing. Going on this long course will give me more experience and depth to draw on.
£3000 will pay for the cost of the course, including my food and accommodation, as well as support the running of Akashavana, which is dedicated to these ordination retreats and is looked after by an amazing team of women.
**Update: A further £500 will pay for my private preceptor, Vajratara, to come to ordain me and also for my costs travel there and back.**
Brixton will pass on all money raised directly to Akashavana.

Charlotte Lawes

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Sacred Landscape Yatra

Viryanaga is chair of Brixton Buddhist Community and is one of the driving forces behind the recent developments, making the Dharma and meditation ever more vibrant and accessible in South London.
Viryanaga is hoping to raise £2,600, the cost of securing a second room in effraspace on Monday nights for an entire year, giving the opportunity to teach classes for both beginners and more experienced meditators on a weekly basis.
A Yatra is a Buddhist-inspired walking retreat: a mindful celebration of the ancient pathways and sites of energetic significance.
Alongside many other Buddhists Viryanaga will be making a 100-mile pilgrimage between Bristol and Adhistana (the burial site of Triratna's founder, Sangharakshita). Over the course of 10 days they will be walking in silence, allowing space for a deeper awareness to arise between themselves and the landscape. Each night, they will set up camp anew and cook together around a campfire, finishing the day with Buddhist ritual.
For a long time Brixton Buddhist Community has provided Monday night meditation classes for beginners, but a second room gives them the opportunity to progress with their meditation practice after having learned the basics. It also means experienced meditators within the Sangha have the opportunity to engage with greater depth of teaching on a weekly basis.
If just 26 people donated £100 each, equivalent of £1 a mile, we would reach our target, sharing the benefits of meditation and the Dharma in south London.

Viryanaga Kitsune

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