Buddhist Action Month 2014
BAM at Triratna Exeter Group – a celebration of altruism in the SanghaOn Thu, 19 June, 2014 - 13:01
In an enlightening, inspiring and moving Sangha evening members of the group shared the place of altruism in their life and practice. Colin, a former member of Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth, and a very long-standing vegetarian (on altruistic grounds) talked of his voluntary work as an advocate for trade union members experiencing financial hardship and helping them to apply to benevolent funds. Emma, working at a Centre for adults with various, and sometimes profound, disabilities, shared the satisfaction, delights and rewards of working with the service users to create a wheelchair accessible horticultural area. Colin, a leading climate change scientist at the Met Office, described the altruistic aspect of his work in raising awareness of the impact of manmade changes in the climate on people in other parts of the world taking place now and the legacy for future generations. He also talked about the cycle ride he will be undertaking this summer, with his son, from Land’s End to John O’Groats to raise money for Syrian refugees. James who runs community art workshops for adults with learning difficulties, people with mental health issues and people with dementia, showed a couple of short films he created in his workshops and well as instructing our group in the creation of a origami tulip! It was a very revealing, rich and uplifting evening. Celebrate altruism in your Sangha.