Buddhist Action Month 2016

BAM in Colchester

On Fri, 17 June, 2016 - 15:23
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Amalaketu

Meditate in the Park for Peace - meet 3pm at the war memorial

Sun 26 Jun 15:00 - 17:00

June is Buddhist Action Month, an invitation to take part and get involved in actions that express our care and concern for our planet and its people and other beings that inhabit it in a practical way. It is a month dedicated to raising awareness, to share and discuss our concerns, hopes and ideals, and to put into action some concrete steps to move our vision of helping create a better community forward,

In 2016, parliament will vote whether to replace and modernise the UK’s nuclear weapons system called Trident. It’s made up of four submarines – one of which is on patrol at all times - carrying up to 40 nuclear warheads on board. Each of these warheads is eight times more powerful than the atomic bomb which was dropped on Hiroshima.

To demonstrate our support for peace, and therefore opposition to this scheme, members of the Triratna Buddhist Community around the world will be holding public meditations. In Colchester, we will be holding this in Castle Park, and will meet by the War Memorial at 3pm. We will also be inviting other faith groups to join us.

In his talk on Buddhism, World Peace, and Nuclear War in 1984, our teacher Sangharakshita said: ”Full-scale nuclear war means fire-storms and black rain. It means the destruction of the ecosphere. It means the death of the earth. It means the suicide of humanity.” Because the issue is so serious, he calls on us to act: “Pressure can also be brought to bear by the persistent lobbying of members of parliament, by the presentation of petitions, by public meetings, marches, and demonstrations, by fasts and solemn vigils - even by `love-ins’ and `be-ins’. By these and similar means the government should be left in no doubt as to what the wishes of the electorate really are. If it remains unresponsive to those wishes, or not sufficiently responsive - and the situation is one of extreme urgency, where every day is precious - then more serious measures should be taken and pressure brought to bear on the government by means of mass civil disobedience along Gandhian lines.”

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Yogaratna's picture

Great!  Wishing you well, and it’s good to be reminded of that talk by Bhante. x

Christine's picture

Wonderful! 

Christine's picture

Amaleketu, is there a central website for this, I can’t find anything meaningful online..?

In the meantime, we’ve been given the go-ahead to do a ‘Meditate for Peace’ on the same day at the Sheffield Centre! This is a big deal, because it’s the day of Summer Fair when the Centre opens up to the greater community and all hands are on deck. Santasiddhi and I will lead the meditation in the Great Hall. It’s not the same as in a park, but looking forward nonetheless!