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.