Mark Wells writes from Sheffield, where it turns out BAM is not over after all, as they still have one event to go!
“We had the ‘Positive and Effective Activism’ event yesterday for BAM, which went very well. There were eight of us there, which I was delighted with. We had a really good, and at times moving, discussion about what motivates us as activists (or potential activists). Quite a few people there were very interested in environmental issues and also questions like social justice and the economic system.
One clear thing that came out of the session was that everyone would like to find a way of working with other Buddhists on issues they care about, rather than joining groups outside the sangha (though we did acknowledge the need to be well connected with what is going on outside.)