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...
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.
“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!”
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”.
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...
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...
A growing number of Triratna Buddhist centres have already completed the ten-point action points entailed in joining the list of certified Sustainable Buddhist Centres: Amsterdam, Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Colchester, Essen, Metta Vihara, Norwich, Sheffield, Taraloka and Tiratanaloka.
If your Buddhist Centre has not yet gone down this path, why not suggest it to your trustees/council?