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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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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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Dharmabyte: A Collective Inner Sleep

From Free Buddhist Audio on Thu, 1 Aug, 2019 - 14:00

We have a collective inner sleep going on when it comes to climate change. In Buddhist terms we call this ‘avidya’, ignorance, which literally means ‘not seeing’ which brings out the active process of ignoring certain aspects of reality, especially those things we believe to be a threat.

This short talk by Dayajoti serves as an introduction to a guided ‘climate’ meditation which can be listened to here: Consensus Trance – Climate. Given at Bristol Buddhist...

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guhyananda's picture

“We have a collective inner sleep”. Really? I don’t recall being asked about this. You may know some to whom this applies, but I don’t see how that constitutes a “we”.

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Sadayasihi

Dharmabyte: Climate Crisis Calls for Rapid Transformation

From Free Buddhist Audio on Mon, 29 Jul, 2019 - 14:00

Tejopala likens the current global climate crisis to a village with a fire that threatens everyone in it and asks what a community of monks living in such a village might do in such circumstances. He also draws on the advice given by Urgyen Sangharakshita in his talk given in 1984 called ‘Buddhism, World Peace and Nuclear War’ as to how Buddhists should act to address an overwhelming existential threat, in which Bhante urges civil resistance. 
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FBA Podcast: Practice During Times of Chaos and Uncertainty

From Free Buddhist Audio on Sat, 27 Jul, 2019 - 14:00

Partisan politics, hurricanes and earthquakes, mass shootings, nuclear threats … our world at times feels like a living nightmare. How do we as Buddhists respond, individually and as a sangha? And how do we keep our sanity?

“Practice During Times of Chaos and Uncertainty” given by Sunada on Sangha Day at Aryaloka Buddhist Center, Newmarket, NH, November 2017.

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