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Actions Have Co2nsequences: Meditation at the Dáil

From Dublin Buddhist Centre on Wed, 17 Jul, 2019 - 08:59

On 12th June, as part of Buddhist Action Month 2019, a group from the Dublin Buddhist Centre Sangha meditated outside the Dáil (the Irish parliament) to raise awareness about the need for our leaders to take action to address the climate crisis.

Here’s a short podcast with some of the participants about why they took part and how it went.

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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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Good to read all that Dayasara. I was especially pleased to read that apparently 100 MP’s were there.

Kind wishes

Vajracaksu

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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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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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Waking Up to Climate Crisis - and What to Do About It?

From Community Highlights on Thu, 13 Jun, 2019 - 10:21

Buddhist Action Month is underway and here is a timely talk from Arthacarya, given during the recent Australia / New Zealand Order Convention, on the theme of what we can do about the climate crisis. Arthacarya relates his personal journey back to environmental engagement, the trigger being reading the ‘The Uninhabitable Earth’ by David Wallace-Wells in July 2018. He also provides some useful suggestions how Dharma practitioners can contribute to the change that must happen and move away from the four Ds of despair,...

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Here’s an interesting discussion on the present climate emergency, and a much older one:

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Hi Dayavajra,

I’m afraid I’m really not sure how ‘interesting’, useful or even constructive that picture is, especially given how dated and caricatured it is.

Do all the people who currently accept or argue in favour of anthropogenic climate change really wear homeknitted arran jumpers with dolphins embroidered on them? ;-) 

All the Best, Aranyaka x

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UK Prime minister thanks faith leaders for 'net zero' letters

Wed, 12 Jun, 2019 - 13:48

UK Prime minister thanks faith leaders for 'net zero' letters

Wed, 12 Jun, 2019 - 13:48

Today the UK Prime Minister Theresa May announced her government will enact law to set a net zero target for carbon emissions

Today she writes on Twitter that “Many businesses, faith leaders and climate change campaigners have written to me in support of a #NetZero emissions target. Here’s my response confirming that the UK will be the first major economy in the world to legislate for it.”

Recently a number of religious leaders had signed an interfaith petition calling for this, including me, signing...

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Wonderful, very encouraging Munisha :) Let’s hope that the current and the next UK Prime Minister do act on it,

Kind wishes

Vajracaksu

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BAM 2019 Saving the Earth, Akuppa at the Mid Essex Buddhist Centre

Sun, 9 Jun, 2019 - 10:59

Saving the Earth, a Buddhist response to the cries of the world. How would the Buddha respond?
Akuppa’s talk given at the Mid Essex Buddhist Centre on 7 June 2019 as part of their Buddhist Action Month

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Thanks Akuppa, nice to hear your calm voice talking about such things. I really agree that dialogue is so important and that we can make a difference by being authentic and clear. However I think that the trump baby has served a great purpose, it has led to loads of public awareness and dialogue. It led to loads of media attention and opportunities for his policies to be critically aired. Trump famously refuses to enter into dialogue, even whilst being interviewed. There is a great tradition of satire, of making fun of politicians. Long live the jester I say! There are many ways to communicate, there are many emotions that need to be expressed. All voices have their place. Images have their place. Trump baby also raised over £30k for charities in the US working directly with negative consequences of his policies.

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Faith events and Mass Lobby of Parliament 26th June, London

Thu, 6 Jun, 2019 - 16:16

Faith events and Mass Lobby of Parliament 26th June, London

Thu, 6 Jun, 2019 - 16:16

Hi all,

On 26th June the Climate Coalition is organising a mass lobby of parliament, which is being preceded by Faith events.

Vishvapani has posted about these events already, but I wanted to add to the post some information for anyone from Triratna who would like to meet up to take part in the Interfaith Walk of Witness together. 

Our meeting point will be the front steps that lead up to the main entrance to St Martin in the Fields Church on Trafalgar Square. (This is where the faith workshops...

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