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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

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Mindfully Facing Climate Change

Mon, 6 Jan, 2020 - 18:33

Mindfully Facing Climate Change

Mon, 6 Jan, 2020 - 18:33


Dear friends, sisters and brothers in the Triratna world, 

I would like to draw your attention to a four week online course by Bhikkhu Analayo on “Mindfully Facing Climate Change”. 
The course starts today - sorry for thinking so late of the opportunity to post this information here, but I expect it is possible to join later. It consists of a video talk, a guided meditation and some text material every week, accompanied by a moderated forum for exchange. It...

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Extinction Rebellion as spiritual practice: some thoughts

Wed, 20 Nov, 2019 - 15:41

Extinction Rebellion as spiritual practice: some thoughts

Wed, 20 Nov, 2019 - 15:41

“You do not have to say anything. But, it may harm your defence if you do not mention when questioned something which you later rely on in court. Anything you do say may be given in evidence.”  

The policeman seemed fair but firm, or firm but fair.  Not hostile, perhaps very faintly puzzled.  Civil, but watching me closely and watchful of boundaries.  Humane, but not over-friendly.  Tired.

There I was, a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order, wearing my kesa, sat meditating on...

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Thanks for this. And again, thanks for your sacrifice in putting yourself on the line in pursuit of climate justice. At this point non-violence civil disobedience seems to be the only sensible response: it has worked many times before. 

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Thank you Jayarava.  Yes, I think if there was something like a meaningful response going on, there wouldn’t be the need for NVDA etc.  It would just be a matter of supporting the response.

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Thank you. I appreciate you putting yourself on the line in this way. The notion that not inconveniencing people is a higher ideal than campaigning to prevent serious damage to our planet’s ecosystem seems absurd to me.

In terms of the Buddha and social action, he said it was not an offense for a monk or nun to release animals from hunters’ traps. Legally those animals could be considered to belong to the hunters, and the monks or nuns releasing them could therefore be regarded as taking the not-given, but as long as they were acting out of compassion the Buddha was OK with it. I think this is a good example of the Buddha advocating disruptive, yet compassionate, action.

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Thank you Bodhipaksa.  I’m sure the Buddha was interested in the systemic/cultural/conventional causes of suffering.  I don’t know about this example you quote.  Could you point me to the source?

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I don’t have the relevant books at hand, but a quick internet search pointed to Vin iii 62 as being the source. I remember being struck by this passage when I was researching my book on vegetarianism.

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Taraloka declares an ecological emergency

Tue, 29 Oct, 2019 - 13:14

Taraloka declares an ecological emergency

Tue, 29 Oct, 2019 - 13:14

In October 2018 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report stated that without dramatic action we will not be able to limit global warming to a 1.5C increase. They state “Limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require rapid and far-reaching changes… at an unprecedented scale.”

In 2019 the UN Biodiversity report estimated that around one million species “already face extinction, many within decades, more than ever before in human history.”

It is clear from these reports that planet Earth is at present under severe ecological threat....

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Sadhu sisters. Very pleased to hear you have taken this step and I will be interested in anything you learn along the way.

love,

Saccanama

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Thank you! Very encouraging to see clarity and leadership on this going on in Triratna. 

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Thank you Taraloka! May the rest of the Movement follow your lead…
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Makes me so happy …Was so disappointing and crushing when the International Council didnt agree to our proposal that we become sustainable movement like the Quakers , perhaps this will create the change that we need in Triratna xxxxxxxxxx Love Sahajatara 

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The sangha presence at the Earth Strike

Wed, 2 Oct, 2019 - 16:20

The sangha presence at the Earth Strike

Wed, 2 Oct, 2019 - 16:20

On the 20th September there was a global ‘earth strike’ to demonstrate about human-caused global warming. The climate strikes certainly made world headlines, and Greta Thunberg’s speech to the UN keeps up the pressure for ecological action on governments, business and individuals - including us! It’s hard to say what the effect of our sangha presence is - but getting out there on the streets where a lot of radical energy is; meditating and being seen; modelling love and...

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Thank you Maitrisiddhi for sharing this and for the piece you wrote in May which I have only just read. I found it so helpful to read about how you you are responding to the climate crisis through the Dharma.

I will be in London tomorrow and then during the 2nd week of action predominantly to meditate with others. I will contact Joe Mishan .

With metta, Joy

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Triratna Sanghas and the Earth Strike

From Triratna News on Tue, 1 Oct, 2019 - 15:38

Triratna Sanghas and the Earth Strike

From Triratna News on Tue, 1 Oct, 2019 - 15:38

“I felt my interconnectedness with all beings and that somehow what we were doing was intensely worthwhile.“ - Lilamati, Sheffield Earth Strike Street Meditation

Members of Triratna sanghas across the globe came out in support of the ‘Earth Strike’ on Friday 20th September. In 2018, schoolchildren began walking out of school in protest at global inaction around climate change. This year, the youth climate activists called on adults to support them at an Earth Strike, on 20th September 2019. They did: millions from across the world demonstrated...

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A Reunion: Day 2 of the 2019 Triratna International Gathering

Sadayasihi is reunited with Gina Plant Cabrita and Christine Thuring who all first met on the 2014 Triratna International Gathering. They recall that Gathering and how, for each of them, it marked a pivotal moment in their lives - and what they did afterwards.

The conversation then turns to day 2 of the 2019 Triratna International Gathering and what’s been happening. We hear more about the significance of the international dimension - in particular, how coming together in...

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That was so wonderful, thanks for pushing/ pulling us into conversation, Sadayasihi. This opportunity to reflect was actually quite a strong experience, which I only fully realised afterwards, particularly when hearing the quality of my utterances (which were as spontaneous as us, and not as refined as I might have liked). Well done, us :-) With metta <3 <3 <3

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PS Sadayasihi and Gina, I see you are not members of the Triratna Climate Emergency Action FB group. If you’d like to join, it’s at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1317259311624887/.

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El Bodhisattva del Siglo 21 (Español)

Tue, 20 Aug, 2019 - 11:13

El Bodhisattva del Siglo 21 (Español)

Tue, 20 Aug, 2019 - 11:13

En esta charla dada en la noche de Sangha del Centro Budista de Valencia y que inició el Mes de Accion Budista 2019, Parami muestra hábilmente como las enseñanzas del Buda son tan relevantes al mundo de hoy como eran en la epoca del Buda. Se llama “El Bodhisattva del Siglo 21” y Parami, como siempre nos inspira y nos anima a la accion. (Parami es presidenta del Centro Budista de Valencia).

In this talk given to the Sangha at the...

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Dharmabyte: Deepening Our Connection with the World

From Free Buddhist Audio on Thu, 8 Aug, 2019 - 14:00

Bhadra explores how we might revision the Triratna mandala of practice to strengthen our sense of interconnectedness with the world.

From the talk Revisioning Our Relation to the World: Two Icebergs and the Mandala of Practice given at Bristol Buddhist Centre as part of BAM – Buddhist Action Month - 2018

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