Buddhist Action Month 2016

BAM at the Dublin Buddhist Centre

On Wed, 18 May, 2016 - 17:20
Vajrashura's picture

Here is the programme of BAM events at the Dublin Buddhist Centre.

  • Residential Retreat - 21st Century Bodhisattva. Friday 3rd - Monday 6th June. Exploring how the Bodhisattva Ideal is relevant in the 21st Century, and how we can manifest it.
  • Film Night – This Changes Everything by Avi Lewis. Friday 10th June, from 7pm. A movie about climate change and the opportunities within it to transform our society for the better.
  • Sangha Hike in the Wicklow Mountains. Saturday 11th June 2016, from 9.30am. A chance to reconnect with nature.
  • Earth Evening - Practicing for the Planet. Friday 17th June, 7.30pm - 10pm. An evening exporing climate change, social issues and consumerism, hosted by the Young Buddhists Group. Open to all.
  • Community Garden Day and Picnic. Saturday 18th June, 10am - 2pm. A opportunity to learn about community gardening and growing food in the middle of the urban jungle.
  • Meditation Practice Morning. Sunday 18th June 2016, 10am – 1pm. A special BAM-themed meditation practice morning.
  • Summer Solstice Ritual. Tuesday 21st June 2016, 7.30pm - 9.45pm, as part of Sangha Night. A special ritual in the DBC to mark this important point in our summer calendar.
  • Recycled Art Workshop. Sunday 26th 2016, 10pm - 5pm. Turning base metal into gold, this recycling working is a creative day in the DBC for artists and non-artists alike.

More details are available at www.dublinbuddhistcentre.org/BAM

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Christine's picture

Looks like a great program! Can we share these events on the BAM! 2016 Facebook page? This is the cross-traditional page where all UK-based BAM activities and events can be posted, possibly facilitating cross-pollination amongst sanghas. Please like it and use it to promote your events! With metta and virya, Christine

Vajrashura's picture

Hi Christine.

No worries, share them with whoever feels appropriate. Glad you like the programme.

I will keep an eye on the Facebook page too myself and add stuff to it.

Metta, Vajrashura

Christine's picture

Okey doke, we have now included all of Dublin’s special events as individual events on the cross-traditional Facebook page for BAM! 2016. Please feel free to use these events to promote them. The FB page is meant to serve as a central forum, so the more action that occurs there, the more buzz this creates.  

Note, also, that I’m happy to make anyone a ‘host’ of these events; just ‘friend’ me and I’ll set it up asap. My FB name is Stina Verbena, and I have liked most of the events on this page, to make it easy to find me.

With metta and virya, Christine (aka Stina Verbena on Facebook)

Varabandhu's picture

Earth Evening - Practicing for the Planet.

I went along to the DBC for this event after a pretty stressful day and night before and when I left a few hours later I was feeling relaxed and very inspired. That was thanks for the very inspiring talks given by Kevin Mullaney and Kasey Tobin on the needs for balancing virya and kshanti when responding to the suffering of the world, specifically in the context of BAM, activism and the environmental crisis. If I remember correctly there were about 12-15 people in attendance and as the age restriction had been lifted for this special BAM event they were from the ranks of the young and the more experienced.

For the second half of the evening, after a chatty tea-break, our hosts had converted the shrine room into Global Cafe with some beautiful decorated candle lit (bringing awareness to our carbon footprints) low tables made from covered sitting blocks. This was to allow smaller groups to have intimate discussions in response to, sometimes challenging, propositions put to us by Kevin. This worked really well and I really enjoyed the discussion in my own group and enjoyed hearing back from the other groups. There was a lot of passion in the room. The discussions touched on the despair and sense of overwhelming powerlessness that can arise when we turn to the suffering of the world today (has it ever being any different?) but this was balance by empassioned calls for each of us to do what we can to influence positive change, to win hearts and minds of those who are mired in despair and negativity, and to exemplify the Dhamma. 

Well done to Kevin and Kasey on a great night. It was clear they put a lot of thought and work into making it work as well as it did.