Here is the programme of BAM events at the Dublin Buddhist Centre.
More details are available at www.dublinbuddhistcentre.org/BAM
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
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.
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)
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.