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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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jayarava's picture

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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Saccanama's picture

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

Tejopala's picture

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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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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You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows

Wed, 17 Jul, 2019 - 18:16

You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows

Wed, 17 Jul, 2019 - 18:16

I’m giving a talk and hosting a discussion on this topic at the Dharma Parlour at the Buddhafield Festival this Friday at 2pm. For those of you who can’t make it, I’ve written this blog.

I’m committed to non-violence, personally and politically. Looking to the past for inspiration, Gandhi turned non-violence into a powerful political instrument. More recently, Extinction Rebellion has done the same in relation to the climate crisis.

Gandhi encouraged us to be the change that we wish to see in the...

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Vishvapani

Faith for the Climate Network: Speaking out on Climate Change

From Triratna in the Buddhist world on Thu, 11 Jul, 2019 - 12:03

Faith for the Climate Network: Speaking out on Climate Change

From Triratna in the Buddhist world on Thu, 11 Jul, 2019 - 12:03

On 26th June I represented Buddhists at a gathering of the interfaith group, Faith For The Climate Network, which preceded a Mass Lobby of the UK parliament.

Over the last couple of years I have spoken a few times about climate change in my regular Thought for the Day slot on BBC Radio 4. As a result, the co-ordinator of the Faith for the Climate Network invited me to join other faith ‘leaders’...

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BAM 2019 - Fundraiser

Tue, 9 Jul, 2019 - 03:29

BAM 2019 - Fundraiser

Tue, 9 Jul, 2019 - 03:29

This year at the WBC we have been unable to participate fully in BAM due to a lack of resources but I think it’s important that we as Buddhists think about the outward facing aspect of our practice, there can be a bit of a tendency to get really focussed inwards, either on ourselves or on the Wellington Sangha. We can forget that we are part of a much larger picture.

This year we have had a focus on Sangha...

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BAM in Ipswich and far beyond

Sun, 30 Jun, 2019 - 08:27

BAM in Ipswich and far beyond

Sun, 30 Jun, 2019 - 08:27

A range of activities this year. A highlight was last Wednesday’s The Time is Now  for environmental action. That brought Polly and myself from the Ipswich Sangha and thousands more to central London. Workshops at St Martin’s in the Fields, then a ‘walk of witness’ along Whitehall, talks in Church House, and lobbying MPs from all the main political parties. A good number of Buddhists there and uplifting communication with a wide range of people.

I’ll remember Anya, the youngest speaker, who is...

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The Great Plant Give Away at ‘Hidden Gems’- the TBRL Charity Shop for the Croydon Buddhist Centre

Thu, 13 Jun, 2019 - 15:58

The Great Plant Give Away at ‘Hidden Gems’- the TBRL Charity Shop for the Croydon Buddhist Centre

Thu, 13 Jun, 2019 - 15:58

Every year ‘Hidden Gems’ marks Buddhist Action Month. It’s a great way of engaging with our customer and local community. In previous years we have given out information about being vegan with its environmental benefits; last year we highlighted ethical issues around  the clothing industry.

This June we wanted to bring out generosity and to thank our customers and people who donate to us. Our shop runs on dana- people giving us their unwanted items and with some love and care, we re- home them, in the process supporting four Buddhists...

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