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Buddhist Action in a Post-Covid era

Sat, 30 May, 2020 - 15:45

Another message from The Network of Buddhist organisations:

“Dear Friends,
 
We would like to invite you to an online meeting on “Buddhist Action in a Post-Covid era“ on Saturday 6 June from 3 - 4.30pm.
 
The event is both a launch of this year’s BAM (Buddhist Action Month) under the auspices of NBO and the Eco Dharma Network, as well as time to reflect on what Buddhist action...

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For the Earth - BAM! 2020 (The Dharma Toolkit, Episode 28)

From The Community Toolkit for Uncertain Times on Fri, 29 May, 2020 - 12:59

This year’s Buddhist Action Month (BAM!) - happening around the world throughout June - is about to kick off. The theme is “For the Earth” - and here on the Dharma Toolkit we’ll be looking at the intersection between urgent human issues like climate change, economic inequality and social justice. 

The poetic version of this, rooted in personal and community practice, is that we have a perfect opportunity to speak up for the many beings...

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Buddhist Action Month 2020: For the Earth 🌍

From Triratna News on Fri, 29 May, 2020 - 11:11

Buddhist Action Month (BAM) - an annual festival of social action overseen by the Network of Buddhist Organisations - has been taking place every June since 2012. This year is no exception, despite the changed circumstances, with sanghas going online to offer opportunities to engage with this year’s theme - “…for the Earth”, where the suggestion is to put this phrase in the title of any event that’s being organised for BAM 2020. 

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FOR THE EARTH...

From North London Buddhist Centre on Thu, 28 May, 2020 - 10:23

FOR THE EARTH...

From North London Buddhist Centre on Thu, 28 May, 2020 - 10:23

Sangha Night Buddhism, Mondays, 19:00

On 1, 8 and 15 June, Sangha night will focus on the theme for Buddhist Action Month, which this year is …for the Earth. We will explore what we want to do or say ‘for the Earth’, with short talks, discussion and ritual and with reference to the Brahmaviharas – specifically Metta (love), Karuna (compassion) and Mudita (joy). These weeks will be led by Karunagita with support from Katja and the Sangha night team. 

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Excellent, I hope all the meetings are a success.

Kind wishes

Vajracaksu

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Buddhist Action Month Calendar

Sat, 2 May, 2020 - 13:11

Kaspalita Thompson from the Network of Buddhist Organisations writes:

“… So many of our events for Buddhist Action Month (June) are likely to be online this year. This means that people can join them from anywhere in the world.

With this in mind I’ve created a calendar of events on the NBO website. There are just a few events there at the moment, and I’d love to add details of whatever you are offering.
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Buddhist Action Month 2020

Mon, 27 Apr, 2020 - 14:44

Kaspalita Thompson from the Network of Buddhist Organisations writes:

We are living in unusual times. The world has responded with appropriate urgency to the COVID-19 outbreak. Buddhist centres across the UK have closed and are offering practice sessions online. Local volunteer groups have appeared to respond to the virus.

In the background the climate and ecological crisis continues to unfold. Although there has been a drop in carbon emissions in many countries in lockdown, and an...

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Earth Week on The Buddhist Centre Online! Hair On Fire: A New Podcast Mini-Series

From Buddhist Centre Features on Tue, 21 Apr, 2020 - 22:46

This week on The Buddhist Centre Online and the Dharma Toolkit we are marking Earth Day - all week long! Watch out for our specially commissioned mini-series of podcasts released through the week: “Hair On Fire: Using the Threefold Way of Ethics, Meditation, and Wisdom to Turn Toward Climate Change”.

We’ll be book-ending these special episodes with some lively, thoughtful conversations around the whole area of Buddhist responses - human responses - to climate change, especially...

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CREDITS

Episode 1, Ethics: 

Intro module voices in order:
Nancy Artz
Ben Ovshinsky
Aryadrishti

Interviews:
Aryadrishti
Nancy Artz
Hridayashri
Dayamudra
Ben Ovshinsky
Ethan Davidson
Hridayashri
Candradasa
Gleysa Morales

Music and sound effects via Splice. Produced by:
Capsun Pro Audio
Oliver
Blast Wave FX
Producers on the Run
Alexander Tannous
The Love Experiment
World Tech


Episode 2, Meditation: 

Intro module voices in order:
Karunadevi
Aryadrishti
Ben Ovshinsky
Danamaya
Dayamudra
Ethan Davidson
Frank Gallivan
Vimalamoksha
Gleysa Morales

Eva Soncin reads David Whyte’s poem ‘Enough’ from Where Many Rivers Meet. Copyright © 1990 David Whyte.

With permission from David Whyte and Many Rivers Press.

Interviews in order:
Ben Ovshinsky
Frank Gallavan
Danamaya

Padmatara reads Naomi Shihab Nye’s poem ‘Shoulders’ from Red Suitcase. Copyright © 1994 by Naomi Shihab Nye.

BOA Editions Ltd. Recorded with permission.

Vimalamoksha
Karunadevi

Music and sound effects:
Capsun Pro Audio
Martin Wave
Producer Loops|


Episode 3, Wisdom:

Speakers:
Karunadevi
Aryadrishti
Frank Gallivan
Vimalamoksha
Hridayashri
Ben Ovshinksy 
Ethan Davidson
Dayamudra
Nancy Artz
Danamaya

Music and sound effects via Splice. Produced by:
Ramzoid Samples
Molly Moore
Big Room Sound
Alexandre Tannous
Capsun ProAudio
and Audio Impera

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Buddhist Action Month 2020 is coming!

Tue, 25 Feb, 2020 - 20:19

Kaspalita Thompson from the Network of Buddhist Organisations UK writes:

BAM! 2020

Hi everyone - we are heading towards June, Buddhist Action Month!

The theme for 2020 is … For The Earth. The invitation is to put your group name, event name or own personal theme before the phrase ‘For The Earth’. In this way we have both a unifying element, and a way of reflecting our diversity as Buddhists and activists. Some examples:

Tidying our park for the Earth
Bodhisattva practice...

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Video - Maitridevi on the ECA's new strategic priorities

From European Chairs' Assembly on Tue, 14 Jan, 2020 - 12:35

Video - Maitridevi on the ECA's new strategic priorities

From European Chairs' Assembly on Tue, 14 Jan, 2020 - 12:35

Maitridevi from Taraloka outlines some of the strategic priorities that the European Chairs Assembly have agreed upon during the 2020 Winter meeting - and speaks more fully on the priority close to her heart: Dharmic engagement with social and ecological issues.

Listen to a podcast about the ECA’s new strategic priorities

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Metta to those affected by Australian Bushfires

From Adhisthana on Fri, 10 Jan, 2020 - 16:18

Metta to those affected by Australian Bushfires

From Adhisthana on Fri, 10 Jan, 2020 - 16:18

Here’s a message from Aryajaya, Shubhavyuha and James from Adhisthana (and also Australia) to those affected by the catastrophic bushfires which have been burning in Australia since late October.

Please join in a collective Metta wave in whatever way you can, wherever you are - not just for the loss but for the courage, bravery and dedication of those fighting the fires, rescuing animals and for all the acts of kindness that have been happening.

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parami's picture

thanks for this you three.  at my chapter this morning we had talked about the bushfires and about metta so it was good to see this this afternoon.  such a tragedy.  I will certainly be joining into a wave of solidarity.  Parami

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Like so many others, my heart really goes out to all those affected by these fires, human, animal or other organic form.  

Last Friday at 7 pm there was a 3-minute prayer for rain, asking us to imagine sheets of water deluging down, putting out fires, soaking into the ground, preventing fires spreading, bringing relief.  And rain did come to some of the affected areas.  I’ll be doing this again, every Friday until the end of the bushfire season, praying for rain for the affected areas in Australia.  will you join me? 
Tejasvini 
 

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Thanks so much for posting and for the personal video, so moving to watch.

In our chapter meeting last Monday evening we meditated and sent Metta to all those affected by the fires in Australia. 
 

Sucimani xxx

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Receiving all metta into our sad hearts here in Australia. Many of us have received open hearted responses of care from other sangha members all around the world checking in with us. Sangha in action. 
I saw a drawing recently depicting a group of traditional superheroes, Superman etc, greeting a tired, ash covered Australian volunteer firefighter with a simple caption “welcome to the club.”
These everyday workers have left their office desks, classrooms, businesses, studies, farms, families  etc and have been on the fire frontline for months. You see their tiny forms in media pictures sometimes in the front of monsterous walls of flame, putting their lives at risk to save others. They have collectively saved thousands of homes and lives.  
Some will struggle to ever fully recover from what they have witnessed during this time on the frontline. Some have lost their lives and left small children and family members at home devastated.

I heard a story of a bush apiarist who, when going back into a burnt landscape to check on his hives, took up the offer of help from young student apiarists. However, these students were so traumatised by the ongoing sound of the cries they heard in the bush of the badly burnt animals that were still alive, the beekeeper had to arrange counselling for them after that day and drop the idea of students helping on further trips. 

I am so grateful for my connection with the three jewels at times like this. The dharma gives a cosmic perspective and meditation practices provide welcome support in the face of this immense suffering, without freezing up completely. I hope our government wakes up to the ‘cries of the world‘ so clearly evident from the people in this country protesting on the streets to the devastated animal populations and the blackened bush.

And whilst Australia faces this tragic event I am also very aware of other significant painful events happening around the world. The tonglen practice sharpens the heart to take what we are experiencing and utilise the tenderising of our own hearts to raise our awareness of others in the world also experiencing catastrophic events.  Metta to all those suffering  
In the face of tragedy we still have the amazing resilience and bravery of everyday human beings that definitely fosters hope. So many instances of love, connection, kindness and generosity are also happening in our blackened countryside. 


 

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lovely, thanks Maitripala.  Much love to you