First the Kula members talked about how they practise the precepts and the challenges they face doing this. In particular, Simon Bradley gave the example of imagining that his carbon footprint was quite...
Tue, 10 Jun, 2014 - 17:51Buddhist Action Month has started well. In fact, it started early: the Birmingham Buddhist Centre launched their events at the end of May! They report:
“After a launch evening on the 27th May, we’ve asked the Birmingham sangha to take a green precept for the month. People are making pledges on the Centre’s Facebook page and on a noticeboard in the cafe.
So far this ranges from signing up for a local organic veg box delivery...
Thu, 5 Jun, 2014 - 20:27“As Buddhists we are meant, we are urged to direct metta towards all living beings. That doesn’t just mean all human beings, it means all animals, insects, plants, birds, beasts of every kind. So this is the basis, we may say, of our ecological concern as Buddhists: we wish well towards all living beings.”
(The Next Twenty Years, WBO Day 1988)
“It is not that you just sit on your meditation mat radiating metta towards the world...
Tue, 3 Jun, 2014 - 18:46Hi! I’m co-Chair of the Network of Buddhist Organisations UK, which is running BAM in partnership with Triratna. Here’s what I wrote about BAM for the website of Together in Service, the multifaith social action project of which BAM is a part.
Buddhism generally has a very positive image in the UK, as a peaceful, meditative lifestyle. At the Network of Buddhist Organisations UK, we’d like to mess that up a...
Mon, 2 Jun, 2014 - 13:33The Sheffield Buddhist Centre is pleased to be hosting events for BAM! 2014. Let’s join the maha-sangha in kind and honest exploration of how caring for the environment can become a clearer part of our lives as Buddhists.
Sun. June 15 (9:30-17:00) > Re-imagining the Future: day retreat based on The Work That Reconnects Wed. June 18 (19:30-21:30) > Positive & Effective Activism: Dharmic discussion on how we can take steps, big and small, that will encourage...
A very quick, easy thing to do and to encourage friends and Sangha members to do. Switch your internet search engine to Ecosia http://www.ecosia.org who plant trees with a proportion of their profits. You can set Ecosia as your default page (under preferences) and there is an app too. It all works perfectly well, I’ve been using it for several months now.
Sat, 31 May, 2014 - 13:57Thanks to Clear Vision, the videos of the three main talks from the recent International Retreat 2014 are now available to view on VideoSangha.net, all addressing the topic of practical response to suffering in the world.
Wed, 28 May, 2014 - 12:13It’s possible (just about, in theory) that you’ve missed the coverage of the International Retreat 2014, which ended yesterday at Adhisthana, in bright sunshine and very good heart. Its title was The Bodhisattva’s Reply - to the world’s suffering. Essentially, the retreat was about Buddhist social action.
The retreat media team covered the event thoroughly in pictures, audio and video. You can:
catch all the highlights of this great event here, including audio of all main talks.
Thu, 22 May, 2014 - 12:34A “Geeks of the Round Table” discussion on the intersection of Buddhism with ecological activism. They explore the idea that the Buddha was a social and political activist, what it means to acknowledge ecology as an ethical issue, and how these larger issues affect the teaching of Buddhism today.