Kaspalita Thompson from the Network of Buddhist Organisations UK writes:
Hi everyone - we are heading towards June, Buddhist Action Month!
The theme for 2020 is … For The Earth. The invitation is to put your group name, event name or own personal theme before the phrase ‘For The Earth’. In this way we have both a unifying element, and a way of reflecting our diversity as Buddhists and activists. Some examples:
Tidying our park for the Earth Bodhisattva practice...
John Marder, One of the committee members of the Network of Buddhist Organisations UK produced a document on Greenspace Climate Action for Buddhist Action Month 2019. The introduction reads:
“In February this year, Buddhists from a number of different groups and traditions, gathered to discuss right actions that could be taken in response to the climate problem. Greenspace projects featured strongly amongst the ideas that were shared, prompting NBO to develop this guidance. Its intention is to provide basic...
The handbook explains the theme: Climate Action - Personal Action. It suggests Buddhist ways of engaging with the theme and thinking about climate change, including avoiding polarisation. There are suggestions of personal and group actions, and other groups that you can join with.
Buddhist Action Month: (BAM!) is an annual festival of Buddhist social action. It started in Britain in 2012 and has since spread out across Europe and beyond. Social action is one of the manifestations of METTA, the strong intention to create Loving Kindness for all, which is embodied in the desire to act for the benefit of the world. Practising this is at the heart of everything we do in the Triratna Buddhist Community.
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.
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...
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...
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:
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...