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Amaladipa

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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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? 

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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
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Special Action for BAM 2017 - #4: Connecting to non-human beings...

Wed, 15 Mar, 2017 - 17:27

… let’s go vegan for a day, a week or a month!

Sarah Boak who you might know from these pages, or from Southampton Sangha where her home is, or through her work for Buddhafield, has compiled this little booklet to make it that much easier to take the plunge and take steps towards consuming less animal-based products. 

And of course if you want to explore veganism as an action for June at your Buddhist centre or Group, one step might be to go...

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Special Action for BAM 2017 - #2: Take part in Refugee Week (in UK)

Wed, 15 Mar, 2017 - 17:26

Im June in the UK this year is Refugee Week. This seems an opportunity to good to pass by, especially for those of us who live in the UK; but even if you don’t, the subject of refugees, and our relationship to them, is surely topical and all of us in Triratna may want to choose to do something in relation to this. 

The website includes helpful info like Advice and Ideas for Organising Events and there is...

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Special actions for BAM 2017: #3 Love not Fear street meditations

Wed, 15 Mar, 2017 - 17:24

Maitrisiddhi from Taraloka was in touch saying:

“One thing we’ll do is for BAM this year is ‘Street meditation in Shrewsbury: ‘Love not Fear’ on 17th June 12-2 and possibly more later in the day - yet to unfold!

We’ll be meditating in public, making a visible statement about having a        different response to world events.  It’s on the day of the Shrewsbury Carnival - it’ll be a bit bonkers, but fun!  Come and be stared at!” 

It would be great to have...

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Special Action for 2017 - #1 Join the divestment movement!

Wed, 15 Mar, 2017 - 12:12

This year for Buddhist Action Month 2017, we are making five special suggestion for a BAM action: Number #1 is  DIVESTMENT. If you don’t know much about divestment, then here is your chance to find out,  and more to the point, we can join in!

Tejopala has written a very helpful short intro to divestment explaining what it is and how you and your Centre can join it - see his “fossil fuel divestment for BAM guide”. 


Divesting from fossil fuels 
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Event Planning Guide

Thu, 2 Mar, 2017 - 13:25

You can also find this Event Planning Guide in the Buddhist Action Month Handbook 2016

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Warming up for BAM: marking Triratna's 50th anniversary

From Buddhist Action Month 2016 on Fri, 27 Jan, 2017 - 08:07

Dear friends,

In just over 2 months our Triratna Buddhist Community will mark the 50th anniversary of its founding on April 6th, 1967.  I hope many of you will be able to join in with your Sangha at your nearest larger Centre for the day for the celebrations.  ​
 
All over the world Triratna Centres and Groups will gather to celebrate and many will already have developed plans for the day. 
However, in addition to meeting and practising with friends...

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The Beauty of Sustainable Transport

From Buddhist Action Month 2016 on Thu, 2 Jun, 2016 - 18:38

During BAM, we have a display at Bristol Buddhist Centre inviting people to reflect :

Is sustainable transport important to you?
Does your Buddhist practice influence your day to day choices around transport?


We are inviting people to explore how our choices and actions around how we travel affect other people, our environment and planet, other than human beings, and our hearts and minds.


The display explores these themes, including reflections from sangha members on how the theme of sustainable transport relates to their Buddhist practice, and information about travelling more...

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KarenL

Peace meditation resources

From Buddhist Action Month 2016 on Mon, 30 May, 2016 - 11:12

If you are considering doing a public meditation for peace, here some resources you are free to use, adapt, change in any way you wish. With parliament planning to decide this year whether to spend £100 billion on renewing the UK’s nuclear weapons’ system, Sangharakshita’s call for peaceful action for nuclear disarmament seems more relevant than ever  (link to his talk in the idea document).

It might be nice for all those holding a sit to share their event on Facebook as well...

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