It's Buddhist Action MonthOn Wed, 3 June, 2020 - 13:18
Kaspalita Thomson from the Network of Buddhist organisations writes:
“It’s June, which means it’s Buddhist Action Month. There is so much suffering in the world right now, from the climate crisis, to the global pandemic, to the suffering of the Black community in America and I could list more things.
As Buddhists, how can we make an appropriate response?
Our path must be one of both deepening our refuge and practice and turning outward to face the world and take compassionate action.
For Buddhist Action Month you can take an extra precept. That might be an ‘action’ precept, or it might be about adding a particular focus to your practice.
You can join one of the many online events happening around the world. Check out the Buddhist Action Month Calendar
You can create your own event. Download the handbook, set something up and let me know what you are doing.
This Buddhist Action Month you might choose to educate yourself about systemic oppression. There are some recommended books below:
- Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla Saad
- Recommended for exploring inner beliefs and hidden conditions like white privilege
- Awakening Together by Larry Yang, 2017
- On building inclusive Buddhist communities
- Mindful of Race by Ruth King, 2018
- Insight Meditation teacher Ruth King says “Racism is a heart disease…and it’s curable.”
- Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love and Liberation by Rev angel Kyodo williams, Lama Rod Owens & Jasmine Syedullah, 2016
- How the legacy of racial injustice and white supremacy plays out in society at large and Buddhist communities in particular.
- Sakyadhita: Daughters of the Buddha edited by Karma Lekshe Tsomo
- From the 1989 conference that formed Sakyadhita. Exploring the place of women in Buddhism.
I’d love to hear what you are up to, drop me a line and let me know, or give me a shot if you need some extra support.