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Video - Maitridevi on the ECA's new strategic priorities

From European Chairs' Assembly on Tue, 14 Jan, 2020 - 12:35

Video - Maitridevi on the ECA's new strategic priorities

From European Chairs' Assembly on Tue, 14 Jan, 2020 - 12:35

Maitridevi from Taraloka outlines some of the strategic priorities that the European Chairs Assembly have agreed upon during the 2020 Winter meeting - and speaks more fully on the priority close to her heart: Dharmic engagement with social and ecological issues.

Listen to a podcast about the ECA’s new strategic priorities

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Metta to those affected by Australian Bushfires

From Adhisthana on Fri, 10 Jan, 2020 - 16:18

Metta to those affected by Australian Bushfires

From Adhisthana on Fri, 10 Jan, 2020 - 16:18

Here’s a message from Aryajaya, Shubhavyuha and James from Adhisthana (and also Australia) to those affected by the catastrophic bushfires which have been burning in Australia since late October.

Please join in a collective Metta wave in whatever way you can, wherever you are - not just for the loss but for the courage, bravery and dedication of those fighting the fires, rescuing animals and for all the acts of kindness that have been happening.

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thanks for this you three.  at my chapter this morning we had talked about the bushfires and about metta so it was good to see this this afternoon.  such a tragedy.  I will certainly be joining into a wave of solidarity.  Parami

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Like so many others, my heart really goes out to all those affected by these fires, human, animal or other organic form.  

Last Friday at 7 pm there was a 3-minute prayer for rain, asking us to imagine sheets of water deluging down, putting out fires, soaking into the ground, preventing fires spreading, bringing relief.  And rain did come to some of the affected areas.  I’ll be doing this again, every Friday until the end of the bushfire season, praying for rain for the affected areas in Australia.  will you join me? 
Tejasvini 
 

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Thanks so much for posting and for the personal video, so moving to watch.

In our chapter meeting last Monday evening we meditated and sent Metta to all those affected by the fires in Australia. 
 

Sucimani xxx

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Receiving all metta into our sad hearts here in Australia. Many of us have received open hearted responses of care from other sangha members all around the world checking in with us. Sangha in action. 
I saw a drawing recently depicting a group of traditional superheroes, Superman etc, greeting a tired, ash covered Australian volunteer firefighter with a simple caption “welcome to the club.”
These everyday workers have left their office desks, classrooms, businesses, studies, farms, families  etc and have been on the fire frontline for months. You see their tiny forms in media pictures sometimes in the front of monsterous walls of flame, putting their lives at risk to save others. They have collectively saved thousands of homes and lives.  
Some will struggle to ever fully recover from what they have witnessed during this time on the frontline. Some have lost their lives and left small children and family members at home devastated.

I heard a story of a bush apiarist who, when going back into a burnt landscape to check on his hives, took up the offer of help from young student apiarists. However, these students were so traumatised by the ongoing sound of the cries they heard in the bush of the badly burnt animals that were still alive, the beekeeper had to arrange counselling for them after that day and drop the idea of students helping on further trips. 

I am so grateful for my connection with the three jewels at times like this. The dharma gives a cosmic perspective and meditation practices provide welcome support in the face of this immense suffering, without freezing up completely. I hope our government wakes up to the ‘cries of the world‘ so clearly evident from the people in this country protesting on the streets to the devastated animal populations and the blackened bush.

And whilst Australia faces this tragic event I am also very aware of other significant painful events happening around the world. The tonglen practice sharpens the heart to take what we are experiencing and utilise the tenderising of our own hearts to raise our awareness of others in the world also experiencing catastrophic events.  Metta to all those suffering  
In the face of tragedy we still have the amazing resilience and bravery of everyday human beings that definitely fosters hope. So many instances of love, connection, kindness and generosity are also happening in our blackened countryside. 


 

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lovely, thanks Maitripala.  Much love to you

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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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Newsbyte: Inter-religious Climate Pilgrimage

From Triratna News on Thu, 27 Jun, 2019 - 12:57

Newsbyte: Inter-religious Climate Pilgrimage

From Triratna News on Thu, 27 Jun, 2019 - 12:57

“It’s a crucial practice if we want to look after the environment - we have to learn to appreciate it, just take it in, and love it, because what we love, none of us will destroy.” 

Gunaketu and other members of the Oslo Buddhist Centre recently took part in an inter-religious climate pilgrimage from Oslo to Hope Cathedral, an interfaith project, in Fredrikstad (south of Oslo). The purpose of this four day walk was to encourage dialogue between different faiths and to explore their engagement and...

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Next month: Engaged Buddhist Training

Fri, 13 Jul, 2018 - 17:31

Next month: Engaged Buddhist Training

Fri, 13 Jul, 2018 - 17:31

August 11-25 at EcoDharma

To meet the social and ecological challenges of our times requires deep inner resources, interpersonal skills and fresh political thinking. Engaged Buddhist Training equips us for this kind of radical inner and outer transformation.

Check out this years training at http://www.ecodharma.com/courses-events/2018/05/05/engaged-buddhist-trai… or email events [at] ecodharma.com for more information....

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Our unique Buddha Fields @the WLBC

Thu, 28 Jun, 2018 - 16:37

Our unique Buddha Fields @the WLBC

Thu, 28 Jun, 2018 - 16:37

We held a small but perfectly formed event last Saturday afternoon, where two West London sangha members talked about aspects of their practice off the cushion and out in the world. One person talked about how their increasing commitment to veganism felt like an expression of metta /love in their lives, and the second presentation included the showing of this moving documentary about an international charitable project which they saw as part of their spiritual practice. Both presentations were followed by...

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Telling Buddhist Stories to Underprivileged Mexican children

Thu, 21 Jun, 2018 - 21:41

Telling Buddhist Stories to Underprivileged Mexican children

Thu, 21 Jun, 2018 - 21:41

Here you can see a video, made by Diana Platas, of two mitras from Cuernavaca, Olga Cuellar and Blanca García, who have begun a project in which they visit an after school club for underprivileged Mexican children and tell them stories as well as introduce some meditation. The project has been running for several months now.

Sorry but so far we don´t have subtitles for the video.

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5 Years Of The Buddhist Centre Online: #5 Meditation for Transformation

From Buddhist Centre Features on Thu, 14 Jun, 2018 - 16:51

5 Years Of The Buddhist Centre Online: #5 Meditation for Transformation

From Buddhist Centre Features on Thu, 14 Jun, 2018 - 16:51

The object of meditation is to transform oneself, not to have good meditations

Sangharakshita, Peace is a Fire

What Meditation Is and What It Isn’t
Often one of the first things one learns when one comes into contact with Buddhism - and sometimes even before that - is meditation. However, it is not always clear exactly what meditation is, or easy to articulate it! In the last 5 years of The Buddhist Centre Online there have...

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Benefit the world by doing a Karuna Appeal for Buddhist Action Month

From Community Highlights on Wed, 16 May, 2018 - 12:05

Benefit the world by doing a Karuna Appeal for Buddhist Action Month

From Community Highlights on Wed, 16 May, 2018 - 12:05

“After this I feel I can do anything in the whole world” - Vicki from Sheffield at the end of her 2018 spring Karuna appeal.  Karuna Appeals provide participants with an opportunity to connect with others and themselves, all while giving something back to the world. 

Are you interested in going beyond who you think you are? To benefit the world during Buddhist Action Month (BAM)?  There are 2 spaces available in the next women’s appeal, from 2 June...

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BAM 2018: Focusing on Digital Technology and a Positive Collective Narrative

From Community Highlights on Wed, 9 May, 2018 - 12:36

BAM 2018: Focusing on Digital Technology and a Positive Collective Narrative

From Community Highlights on Wed, 9 May, 2018 - 12:36

Mokshini writes on the BAM space: “Buddhist Action Month (BAM) is an opportunity to reflect on our values, and to take the time to think about and adjust a habit that we know has an adverse affect on ourselves and on the planet. Typical BAM activities over the last few years have included litter picks, beach cleans, a month of going vegan, or mindful time spent in nature - there are more ideas in the BAM Handbook

This...

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