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Port Fairy Sangha's BAM outreach project.

Wed, 29 Jun, 2016 - 02:04

Port Fairy Sangha's BAM outreach project.

Wed, 29 Jun, 2016 - 02:04

The Port Fairy Buddhist Community screened the Film ”  This Changes Everything”

In the town of Koroit on Sunday morning June 26th. The event was well supported by Sangha members, Friends and some from the wider community.

Our Sangha’s contribution to BAM this year has been more modest than last year but we have been delighted to participated in the Australian BAM effort which was spearheaded by the excellent month long programs offered by the Sydney and Melbourne Sangha’s.

We are looking forward to...

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Exeter Triratna get informed about Homelessness for BAM 13th June

Mon, 27 Jun, 2016 - 13:23

Exeter Triratna get informed about Homelessness for BAM 13th June

Mon, 27 Jun, 2016 - 13:23

The venue where our sangha gathers is on a street that sees many of Exeter’s ‘street homeless’, and sangha members wanted to know  - what is the wise and compassionate response? So for the theme ‘connecting communities’ we had a talk by Brett Sentence from the charity Julian House - “Julian House works for a just society where socially excluded people are supported and empowered to build sustainable, independent lives.”  Could Brett give us a simple answer? “No!” he said regretfully, “it can be very...

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Dishing the Dirt

Mon, 27 Jun, 2016 - 12:15

Dishing the Dirt

Mon, 27 Jun, 2016 - 12:15

BAM! It all starts here… for the gardens at Taraloka at least, with our COMPOST. I love it, and I love making it. So it’s time to dish the dirt. Let’s start big, with some facts about soil and our planet.

1) It can take about 1,000 years to make just a couple of centimetres of soil.

2) The human population is rising globally, and almost all of the new growth is being housed in towns and cities that, by definition, are...

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Buddhist Action Month's not over yet! 10 minute actions

Mon, 27 Jun, 2016 - 08:00

Buddhist Action Month's not over yet! 10 minute actions

Mon, 27 Jun, 2016 - 08:00

Apart from the fact that we can continue with our skilful actions engagements and all through the year, should you feel that you’d like to end the month doing something  to have a positive effect on the world and reach out to yourSangha as well as your local community - here are some ideas for 10 minutes actions which you can still do - even today! 

  • a daily dose of FMI’s: five minute interventions {not sure what they are? Look it up here,
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BAM Melbourne - Sangha climate action planning

Sun, 26 Jun, 2016 - 04:00

BAM Melbourne - Sangha climate action planning

Sun, 26 Jun, 2016 - 04:00

On June 26 there will be an action planning day. This will be a chance for interested people to brainstorm what the Melbourne Sangha could do collectively rather than simply as individuals to be as effective as possible in addressing the climate crisis. It will start with a short talk by Tejopala on climate change and the five precepts.

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Exeter & Devon sangha beach clean

Sat, 25 Jun, 2016 - 21:55

Exeter & Devon sangha beach clean

Sat, 25 Jun, 2016 - 21:55

This post could be entitled ‘How to do something positive for the world and have a really good day at the same time’: the Exeter & Devon Triratna sangha met with members of other local Buddhist groups - Western Chan fellowship, Gaia House group and Diamond Way - at Dawlish Warren, a little seaside resort south of Exeter, and followed Neil, our beachcare officer, along the beach, away from the shops selling flip flops and ice cream.  

10 minutes on the...

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Reverencing the Buddha we offer flowers…

Thu, 23 Jun, 2016 - 14:32

Reverencing the Buddha we offer flowers…

Thu, 23 Jun, 2016 - 14:32

But at what price?  (written by Maitridevi)

For every retreat here at Taraloka we buy between 2 & 4 bunches of flowers, usually cellophane wrapped from our local supermarket - an annual spend of about £250. We live busy lives in a rural setting, without easy access to farmers markets selling local flowers on the days we need them.

In the UK about 85% of cut flowers in this £ 2.2bn industry are imported from abroad. Of the top ten best-selling cut...

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June 26 @ 13:15 in Great Hall > Meditate for Peace, for Nuclear Disarmament, for Mass Investment in Renewables and Green Jobs

Wed, 22 Jun, 2016 - 15:44

June 26 @ 13:15 in Great Hall > Meditate for Peace, for Nuclear Disarmament, for Mass Investment in Renewables and Green Jobs

Wed, 22 Jun, 2016 - 15:44

On June 26, Sheffield Buddhist Centre will join the international Triratna Buddhist Community to demonstrate our desire for peace, and our opposition to nuclear power. Santasiddhi and Christine will lead the event, which may be akin to a ”love-in” as prescribed by  Sangharakshita in his 1984 talk on “Buddhism, World Peace, and Nuclear War” (*).

The meditation will take place in the Great Hall during Summer Fair at 13:15.

In 2016, parliament will vote whether to replace and modernise the UK’s nuclear weapons system called Trident. It’s made up of four submarines – one of which is on...

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Sheffield June 19 > Day of rejoicing (in our efforts, so far)

Mon, 20 Jun, 2016 - 14:31

Sheffield June 19 > Day of rejoicing (in our efforts, so far)

Mon, 20 Jun, 2016 - 14:31

A small group came together for a day of reflection, contemplation and rejoicings on Sun. June 19th. Although we were only 5 individuals, we had all participated on Sheffield’s first BAM event (Natural Dharma), so we were familiar with each others’ Green Precepts and with each other.

In addition to meditation, Suddhacandika led us through reflections of gratitude, for which we wrote our rejoicings on paper-cut-out hands and offered these to the shrine, to Avalokitesvara. Later we Harvested the gifts of the...

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DIARY OF A WEEK WITHOUT EVENING ACCESS TO THE INTERNET

Sun, 19 Jun, 2016 - 17:09

DIARY OF A WEEK WITHOUT EVENING ACCESS TO THE INTERNET

Sun, 19 Jun, 2016 - 17:09

BY TRISH SYKES AT TARALOKA

So, here we are, Wednesday June 8th 2016, and the first day of Taraloka’s ‘Week without Internet between 6pm and 8.30am’ which we are undertaking as part of our BAM activities.

I was asked to write a diary of my experiences as I seemed to be one of two or three community members who - erm - shall I say didn’t ‘relish’ the prospect of no evening internet - the other two...