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The sangha presence at the Earth Strike

Wed, 2 Oct, 2019 - 16:20

The sangha presence at the Earth Strike

Wed, 2 Oct, 2019 - 16:20

On the 20th September there was a global ‘earth strike’ to demonstrate about human-caused global warming. The climate strikes certainly made world headlines, and Greta Thunberg’s speech to the UN keeps up the pressure for ecological action on governments, business and individuals - including us! It’s hard to say what the effect of our sangha presence is - but getting out there on the streets where a lot of radical energy is; meditating and being seen; modelling love and...

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Thank you Maitrisiddhi for sharing this and for the piece you wrote in May which I have only just read. I found it so helpful to read about how you you are responding to the climate crisis through the Dharma.

I will be in London tomorrow and then during the 2nd week of action predominantly to meditate with others. I will contact Joe Mishan .

With metta, Joy

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Triratna Sanghas and the Earth Strike

From Triratna News on Tue, 1 Oct, 2019 - 15:38

Triratna Sanghas and the Earth Strike

From Triratna News on Tue, 1 Oct, 2019 - 15:38

“I felt my interconnectedness with all beings and that somehow what we were doing was intensely worthwhile.“ - Lilamati, Sheffield Earth Strike Street Meditation

Members of Triratna sanghas across the globe came out in support of the ‘Earth Strike’ on Friday 20th September. In 2018, schoolchildren began walking out of school in protest at global inaction around climate change. This year, the youth climate activists called on adults to support them at an Earth Strike, on 20th September 2019. They did: millions from across the world demonstrated...

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A Reunion: Day 2 of the 2019 Triratna International Gathering

Sadayasihi is reunited with Gina Plant Cabrita and Christine Thuring who all first met on the 2014 Triratna International Gathering. They recall that Gathering and how, for each of them, it marked a pivotal moment in their lives - and what they did afterwards.

The conversation then turns to day 2 of the 2019 Triratna International Gathering and what’s been happening. We hear more about the significance of the international dimension - in particular, how coming together in...

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That was so wonderful, thanks for pushing/ pulling us into conversation, Sadayasihi. This opportunity to reflect was actually quite a strong experience, which I only fully realised afterwards, particularly when hearing the quality of my utterances (which were as spontaneous as us, and not as refined as I might have liked). Well done, us :-) With metta <3 <3 <3

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PS Sadayasihi and Gina, I see you are not members of the Triratna Climate Emergency Action FB group. If you’d like to join, it’s at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1317259311624887/.

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El Bodhisattva del Siglo 21 (Español)

Tue, 20 Aug, 2019 - 11:13

El Bodhisattva del Siglo 21 (Español)

Tue, 20 Aug, 2019 - 11:13

En esta charla dada en la noche de Sangha del Centro Budista de Valencia y que inició el Mes de Accion Budista 2019, Parami muestra hábilmente como las enseñanzas del Buda son tan relevantes al mundo de hoy como eran en la epoca del Buda. Se llama “El Bodhisattva del Siglo 21” y Parami, como siempre nos inspira y nos anima a la accion. (Parami es presidenta del Centro Budista de Valencia).

In this talk given to the Sangha at the...

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Dharmabyte: Deepening Our Connection with the World

From Free Buddhist Audio on Thu, 8 Aug, 2019 - 14:00

Bhadra explores how we might revision the Triratna mandala of practice to strengthen our sense of interconnectedness with the world.

From the talk Revisioning Our Relation to the World: Two Icebergs and the Mandala of Practice given at Bristol Buddhist Centre as part of BAM – Buddhist Action Month - 2018

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Dharmabyte: A Collective Inner Sleep

From Free Buddhist Audio on Thu, 1 Aug, 2019 - 14:00

We have a collective inner sleep going on when it comes to climate change. In Buddhist terms we call this ‘avidya’, ignorance, which literally means ‘not seeing’ which brings out the active process of ignoring certain aspects of reality, especially those things we believe to be a threat.

This short talk by Dayajoti serves as an introduction to a guided ‘climate’ meditation which can be listened to here: Consensus Trance – Climate. Given at Bristol Buddhist...

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“We have a collective inner sleep”. Really? I don’t recall being asked about this. You may know some to whom this applies, but I don’t see how that constitutes a “we”.

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Dharmabyte: Climate Crisis Calls for Rapid Transformation

From Free Buddhist Audio on Mon, 29 Jul, 2019 - 14:00

Tejopala likens the current global climate crisis to a village with a fire that threatens everyone in it and asks what a community of monks living in such a village might do in such circumstances. He also draws on the advice given by Urgyen Sangharakshita in his talk given in 1984 called ‘Buddhism, World Peace and Nuclear War’ as to how Buddhists should act to address an overwhelming existential threat, in which Bhante urges civil resistance. 
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FBA Podcast: Practice During Times of Chaos and Uncertainty

From Free Buddhist Audio on Sat, 27 Jul, 2019 - 14:00

Partisan politics, hurricanes and earthquakes, mass shootings, nuclear threats … our world at times feels like a living nightmare. How do we as Buddhists respond, individually and as a sangha? And how do we keep our sanity?

“Practice During Times of Chaos and Uncertainty” given by Sunada on Sangha Day at Aryaloka Buddhist Center, Newmarket, NH, November 2017.

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You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows

Wed, 17 Jul, 2019 - 18:16

You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows

Wed, 17 Jul, 2019 - 18:16

I’m giving a talk and hosting a discussion on this topic at the Dharma Parlour at the Buddhafield Festival this Friday at 2pm. For those of you who can’t make it, I’ve written this blog.

I’m committed to non-violence, personally and politically. Looking to the past for inspiration, Gandhi turned non-violence into a powerful political instrument. More recently, Extinction Rebellion has done the same in relation to the climate crisis.

Gandhi encouraged us to be the change that we wish to see in the...

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Wonderful little essay Shantigarba, a breath of sanity and kindness, thank you. There’s just one thing I no longer think is true and that’s that moving towards veganism is THE single biggest step we can personally take for the planet.

According to a recent study in 2017, in terms of what we can individually do to cut back on our carbon footprint in economically developed countries, being vegan comes 7th.

The top 5 things are:

1. Have one fewer child.

2. Live car free

3. Avoid one round trip trans-Atlantic flight

4. Buy green energy.

5. Buy a more efficient car.

 https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/07/best-way-reduce-your-carbon-foot…

Not intended at all to undermine veganism, I’ve been one for many years!

Hope the talk and discussion went very well,

Kind wishes

Vajracaksu

 

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Actions Have Co2nsequences: Meditation at the Dáil

From Dublin Buddhist Centre on Wed, 17 Jul, 2019 - 08:59

On 12th June, as part of Buddhist Action Month 2019, a group from the Dublin Buddhist Centre Sangha meditated outside the Dáil (the Irish parliament) to raise awareness about the need for our leaders to take action to address the climate crisis.

Here’s a short podcast with some of the participants about why they took part and how it went.

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