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Notes On Climate Change - And Advice From Bhikkhu Bodhi

Thu, 18 Jun, 2015 - 19:41

Hello friends, 

Here are some notes I took on discussions at a recent Dharma Teachers Gathering that I attended in New York. Climate change was one of three major topics we discussed about the Dharma meeting the world. The other two topics were ‘mainstream’ Mindfulness and issues around race. We are not alone in being interested in these things!

Another document is also attached, simple steps to take, by Bhikkhu Bodhi.

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Our Voices call for action on climate change

Mon, 18 May, 2015 - 20:58

Our Voices call for action on climate change

Mon, 18 May, 2015 - 20:58

Our Voices is an international campaign to bring together the voices of the world’s great faiths (Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, Jewish and Hindu) in a call for action on climate change. They write asking for your help with a short survey:
 
“To do this we need to find the words and messages that speak best to the values, concerns and different spiritual traditions of all the world’s faiths. 

As such, we need your help.
 
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Buddhists gather at White House to discuss climate change

Thu, 7 May, 2015 - 00:50

Buddhists gather at White House to discuss climate change

Thu, 7 May, 2015 - 00:50

Buddhists gather at the White House this month for the first-ever White House-US Buddhist Leadership Conference, this year on the topic of climate change.

Read the article.

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Momtaz

Engaging in 'Volunteer Action for Peace' at Taraloka 20th-3rd July

Sun, 31 May, 2015 - 10:42

Engaging in 'Volunteer Action for Peace' at Taraloka 20th-3rd July

Sun, 31 May, 2015 - 10:42


This year Taraloka is running a two-week project with the organisation ‘Volunteer Action for Peace’ or VAP. VAP is a UK-based charity promoting international peace by bringing together people from all over the world to work with partner organisations such as Taraloka. We will have 11 women coming to the project from a variety of different countries including Estonia, Germany, Spain and Italy. We will be working and living together as a community for the...

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16 points on Dharmic engagement with climate change, part 2

Wed, 27 May, 2015 - 00:38

16 points on Dharmic engagement with climate change, part 2

Wed, 27 May, 2015 - 00:38

Points 9-16 of the 16-point statement on climate change issued by the US Dharma Teachers’ Climate Collaborative in 2013.

“9. The interconnectedness of inner and outer, the individual and the collective (or institutional): Climate disruption provides an unprecedented opportunity to understand the roots of the problem—which relate to the ways our minds work and how those patterns become embedded in collective and collective/institutional practices and policies. This awareness can open the door to new ways of thinking and responding that will eventually...

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16 points on Dharmic engagement with climate change, part 1

Tue, 26 May, 2015 - 16:25

16 points on Dharmic engagement with climate change, part 1

Tue, 26 May, 2015 - 16:25

In 2013, a group of American Buddhists known as the US Dharma Teachers’ Climate Collaborative issued a 16-point statement on climate change and ways in which Buddhists can engage with it. Here are points 1-8.

“1. Reverence for life: From this point forward climate disruption is the overriding context for all life on earth, including humans. What we humans do will determine what life survives and thrives and in what form and locations.

2. Happiness stems from helping others: Our greatest personal happiness comes when...

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Taraloka: Our process of trying to move towards Sustainable Energy

Mon, 29 Jun, 2015 - 13:24

Taraloka: Our process of trying to move towards Sustainable Energy

Mon, 29 Jun, 2015 - 13:24

Sharing with you Taraloka’s action on Sustainable Energy: Written by Maitrisiddhi

Up till 2010, Taraloka was heated by oil – non-renewable fossil fuel pumped out of the ground thousands of miles away, with all the effects on the environment when burnt, and sea spillage risks en route.  Now, Taraloka is heated by biomass boilers, supplied from sustainable Welsh and English forestry. 

When I moved here, in 2009, plans were already afoot to try to improve Taraloka’s carbon footprint.  Care for the environment and trying...

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This is very inspiring . And we ( myself , Varabhadri , Subhachitta and Santacitta ) would like to thank Taraloka for hosting our recent Environmentally themed retreat ,  and for believing in what we were doing  , and in giving us loads of Love .

Taraloka also hosted the recent Womens Area Order Weekend on the theme of Transforming World , the climate emergency etc

Love Sahajatara   x

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Creating a Sustainable Buddhist Centre for BAM!

Thu, 14 May, 2015 - 12:25

Creating a Sustainable Buddhist Centre for BAM!

Thu, 14 May, 2015 - 12:25

You may be aware of the new Sustainable Buddhist Centre Certification Scheme, which has 10 points to gain certifcation and for your centre to carry the green buddha logo, listed below.

For any advice or further information do contact Amalaketu at amalaketu [at] rocketmail.com.

I have created a guide and a simple to use energy audit booklet for use at your centre.

The perfect way to celebrate BAM!!

The 10 points are:

1. We have measured the carbon footprint of our Centre and conducted an...

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Bristol gears up for BAM with Sustainable Sangha Day tomorrow

Sat, 25 Apr, 2015 - 15:16

Bristol gears up for BAM with Sustainable Sangha Day tomorrow

Sat, 25 Apr, 2015 - 15:16

Sunday 26th April, Bristol Buddhist Centre 9.30am—4.30pm

A practice day for anyone familiar with Triratna practices, to introduce Triratna’s Sustainable Buddhist Centre project and as a warm-up for Buddhist Action Month in June. We’ll explore:

  • what sustainability means to us, our sangha and the world
  • our responses to phenomena such as climate change, the extinction crisis, environmental degradation, animal cruelty etc
  • how our practice brings resilience, fuelled by wisdom and compassion
  • how the sangha brings us together with similar concerns and the
  • ...
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