On Tuesday 30th June, the Cardiff sangha took part in an evening of talks, discussions and workshops on the theme “Change ourselves - change the world”. This event was held as part on Buddhist Action Month 2015.
The first workshop was on ‘Vegetarianism and Veganism’ and included watching and discussing the very inspirational clip from Matthieu Ricard on “Keeping a Vegan and Vegetarian Diet”:
Cardiff Buddhist Centre are running a range of workshops at the BAM Sangha night and one of the workshops is on vegetariansim and veganism. We know some people come along and struggle to give up meat and fish and we wanted to have a resource which clearly describes the facts about eating meat, fish and dairy products and the impact this has on the beings we consume and the environment we inhabit. We hope you find this factsheet helpful.
Thinking about commissioning a bronze rupa? If so, you might want to consider the social and environmental impact of bronze against alternative materials. The attached factsheet was compiled by a former NGO activist on environmental and human rights issues, and member of the Croydon sangha, Karen Luyckx.
We are all familiar with the notion of climate change. But how much do you really know about our collective impact on the planet and your personal carbon footprint? Pit your wit against the Earth Metta Quiz compiled by members of the Croydon sangha. Answers to be revealed at the end of the month. In Croydon we’re making this into a quiz with opportunities to win eco-products for winning entries.
Parami interviews Dhammadinna and Khemasuri at the end of a retreat at Adhisthana looking at how Buddhists can help promote change in the wider world.
Based on the Dasadhamma Sutta (Discourse on The Ten Dhammas) this investigation of the unconscious paradigms we live by raises much to ponder for anyone who would like to see a kinder, more just and equitable society.
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.
Kamalashila introduces an evening on ‘The Buddha In Nature’ with a Metta Bhavana meditation (‘Cultivation of Loving Kindness’) with an emphasis on letting the breath do the work and allowing a natural feeling of goodwill to flow.
Recorded in Portsmouth, NH, USA, as part of BAM 2015!
I was inspired to write something about Vegan nutrition as some people may be considering a Vegan diet, particularly during BAM. It is an important part of the ethical consideration in becoming Vegan - ie looking after ones own health.
This is a very basic introduction, with the aim of raising awareness; I’ve recommended some books for those who want to explore this further.
It is important to remember that we all take individual responsibility for working out what is right for...
Buddhist Action Month 2015 launched tonight at the Cambridge Buddhist Centre with a screening of the documentary ‘Wisdom to Survive”.
There was a lot of positive energy for the role of community and action at a local level and we are all excited for the fantastic programme of events planned throughout June. In Cambridge we are addressing all 3 BAM themes with events on sustainability such as the Work that Reconnects workshop, Caring for Others with a talk on dementia by...