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Davidrey

BAM at the MId Essex Buddhist Centre

Sun, 10 Jun, 2018 - 21:33

Dear Friends,

Please have a look at our BAM 2018 Newsletter. This year we are raising funds for the Homeless and the Refugees. We will be taking donations to the refugees in Northen France later on this summer.

Please support us by sharing this newsletter and please share our fundraiser page

Thank you

With Metta to you all...

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mokshini

BAM Handbooks - ideas and inspiration for June!

Sun, 27 May, 2018 - 15:46

I’ve attached the Triratna version of the Buddhist Action Month Handbook which  I compiled in 2016 and is full of suggestions and ideas for Buddhist action ranging from litter picks over guerrilla gardening to a commitment to a month of ‘five minute interventions’. 

It also contains an Event Planning Guide, a template for an Energy Audit for your Buddhist Centre, supporting info on how to become a Sustainable Buddhist Centre and other helpful ideas. 

In addition and more up to date in terms of...

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Breaking the silence, changing the story: Buddhism versus neoliberalism

Fri, 11 May, 2018 - 06:47

I’ve written a very brief introduction to neoliberal ideas and some of the ways they affect the current global political and ecological situation.  It explores many ways Buddhism and Buddhists are already presenting profound challenges to the neoliberal story - and celebrates this range of responses.  There’s a great deal of excellent work already going on - and a better world is certainly possible.  From meditating in the natural world to rewilding to non-violent direct action for older people (to...

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2017 BAM report

Mon, 9 Apr, 2018 - 09:40

Christine Thuring is one of our greatest BAM enthusiasts. After several years organising and running events in Sheffield, Christine has been coordinating Buddhist Action Month on behalf of the Network of Buddhist Organisations (NBO) since 2016. The NBO initiated the BAM campaign in 2012, and is a UK-based organisation uniting numerous Buddhist traditions. (Because Triratna is a member of the NBO, all members of the Triratna sangha in the UK are automatically members of the NBO. Check it out, there are lots of interesting projects...

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Are you ready for BAM?! YES!

Thu, 8 Jun, 2017 - 10:17

Thanks to Arthasiddhi and his choir at the Cambridge Buddhist Centre we now have our own Buddhist Action Month song! How excellent, and fun too, perhaps we can get friends in our situations to learn this song too :) 

Thank you to Arthasiddhi, choir members, Dayasara who had the idea, and Yashodaka!


Here are the words - written by Yashodaka, so you can sing a long:  

Help the world, forget yourself,

be a Bodhisattva,

this month of June, the month of June.

Generous hearts around the world,

we can make a difference, if...

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Do the plastic challenge for BAM 2017

Thu, 4 May, 2017 - 09:52

The UK Marine Conservation Society have kindly laid on a Plastic Challenge just for us during Buddhist Action Month in June!! 

They are inviting people to go for a day, a week, a month without single-use plastic - I tried this last year, and was sobered how very hard it was to do; but it is real eye-opener. A great action to have a go at for BAM with some friends or your sangha, and it will certainly raise...

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Special action for 2017 - #6: 'Climate Change for Beginners: a workshop'

Thu, 13 Apr, 2017 - 22:45

I’m keen to encourage more open discussion of climate change and the ethical issues it brings with it. I’ve facilitated a few sessions with Triratna groups on this topic, so have put together some notes for anyone who wants to hold a short workshop on this topic. Alongside this, I’m going to put together a short video on climate change and why it matters to Buddhists, which I will post here soon. 

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Special action for #5: a course called 'Saving the Earth'

Sun, 9 Apr, 2017 - 19:12

For the second year running for BAM I’ll be offering a free meditation & Buddhism course in Istanbul called, “Saving the Earth” based on Akuppa’s book. I’ve designed a 6 week course for regulars that can be used for English speaking Triratna centres and groups. The book is now 8-9 years old but I also include more up to date material written last year by Tejopala. There are just a few copies of the book left by e-books are available. If...

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Rewilding the Mind

Thu, 6 Apr, 2017 - 20:09

Rewild the Caledonian rainforest as part of BAM-inspired tree planting and meditation week in the Scottish Highlands. 27th May - 3rd June 

https://www.lbc.org.uk/event-details/re-wilding-the-mind-438

A chance to connect inner and outer nature, meditating in beautiful surroundings and contributing to a forest re-wilding project run by Trees for Life. Morning and evenings will include meditation and Dharma reflections. On five days we will be out in the spectacular Glen Moriston - home to wild boar and pine marten - planting trees, clearing...

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Demain/ Tomorrow - the film - a fantastic resource for BAM

Sun, 19 Mar, 2017 - 20:59

I have just seen the film ‘Demain/ Tomorrow’ - it is amazing, and deeply inspiring. I encourage all aspiring bodhisattvas to find a way to view it (there is a DVD available and it is still showing in some cinemas). We could arrange screenings at our local Buddhist centres.  It is an incredible resource for BAM and for our precious Sangha. Follow the link

https://www.demain-lefilm.com/en/film

Here is the blurb ‘Showing solutions, telling a feel-good story… this may be the best...

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sarah thorne's picture

Ah thanks so much for posting about this. I am really keen to try and arrange a screening at Bristol Buddhist Centre during BAM. Has anyone contacted the distributors yet to see how to go about doing this? Perhaps we could try and do this collectively rather than each centre contacting them separately? 

Joy's picture

It would be fantastic to show this Sarah. Thanks Bec for posting

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Hi all again,

Just to say I have e-mailed the distributors on behalf of Triratna generally about showing the film in our centres, and will post again when I hear anything back from them.

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Hi again,

I’ve been doing a bit more research about how to show the film. The Transition Network have come to an agreement with the distributors to co-ordinate the screening of the film in the UK and you can find out on their website here how to go about this

https://transitionnetwork.org/news-and-blog/tomorrow-demain-available-la…

It looks to me like doing it through Transition will be simpler than trying to contact the distributors directly. There is a £100 fee for a one off screening of the event, but I feel getting donations to cover the cost should be possible. The website has a useful guide on how to go about organizing a successful screening, including opening it out to the local community and having a space after the film for people to discuss their responses. I’ve started making plans to show it at Bristol Buddhist CEetre - be great to hear if any other centres are planing to screen it!

Joy's picture
Fantastic Sarah.look forward to discussing this with you. I have been in touch with incredibledible Bristol re being involved with them during BAM. Joy x