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Buddhist Action Month 2019

Wed, 13 Feb, 2019 - 11:22

Buddhist Action Month 2019

Wed, 13 Feb, 2019 - 11:22

In the month of June there will be an opportunity again to engage with Buddhist Action Month via this space. Running ahead and in preparation the following initiatives are worth noting:

  • UK Buddhist Climate Action Training day
    Taking place in Brixton, South London on 23rd February. It is run by Religions for Peace, GreenFaith, and the Faith for the Climate Network, with the support of the Network of Buddhist Organizations UK, who have taken climate action as the theme for Buddhist Action Month 2019. More details can
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The Three Jewels meet the Climate Emergency

From Triratna News on Mon, 11 Feb, 2019 - 16:05

The Three Jewels meet the Climate Emergency

From Triratna News on Mon, 11 Feb, 2019 - 16:05

In December the Bristol Buddhist Centre hosted a practice morning on the theme ‘The Three Jewels Meet the Climate Emergency’. The event offered a space for the Sangha to come together to explore thoughts and feelings around the climate emergency, how Dharma practice helps with facing the reality of the situation, and what ‘taking action’ might look like in this context.  This was followed by an action outside Barclays bank in the afternoon with meditation, leafletting and singing ‘climate carols.’

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parami's picture

Great to read this

thanks 🙏🏼 Parami

Tejopala's picture

Really wonderful to read this, and to listen to the talks. Thank you!

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Hi,

Those of you in Britain may be interested in the UK Buddhist Climate Action Training day taking place in Brixton, South London on 23rd February.

It’s being run by Religions for Peace, GreenFaith, and the Faith for the Climate Network, with the support of the Network of Buddhist Organisations UK.

All Buddhists welcome. More details here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/391857518026545/

Metta, Munisha

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Thank you Amrtanadi for such a beautiful, heartfelt and clear piece. So inspiring to hear about you teaching the Metta Bhavana to activists. Helping people deepen self metta and not demonise others feels such a vital contribution. 

Much love

Saravantu x

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Sorry, what emergency? No-one weeps more than me for the rape of the rain forests and the pollution of the oceans, and I give charitably to fight these disasters - but manmade global warming? No - despite the mainstream belief, it has not been proved anywhere near beyond a shadow of a doubt that Co2, whilst undoubtedly a greenhouse gas, contributes to global warming to anything like the catastrophic degree projected. Time and again, the IPCC has proved itself a massively fallible body, prone both to venality and poor science. Given the almost infinite complexity of the data, their computer models have at times proven hopelessly simplistic and just plain wrong. How many times have we been told the end of the world is nigh - in ten years.. whoops, twenty… whoops, we meant another ten?! I’m amazed and profoundly disappointed (not to day dazed and confused) that Triratna sees fit to endorse far-reaching globalist actions the science behind which is so manifestly myopic. Some IPCC policy will seriously damage development in the so-called 3rd world - and all because we in the west have wisely decided they can’t use fossil fuels. It’s blinkered and selfish beyond belief. Of course, my views will be rejected and rebutted by most of you within Triratna, who remain, it appears to the outside world, increasingly dogmatically within a leftist worldview bubble, nor is it my purpose or desire to engage in what is, I know, fruitless debate with anyone on this platform; but I am deeply disillusioned that Triratna sees fit to abandon its position of neutrality on issues such as this, becoming more and more a sort of “socialist party at prayer” (to coin Johnson’s phrase about the C of E and the Tories). Bhante would surely be turning polemically in his grave, were he not probably already suitably and deservedly at his temporary ease in the Tushita heaven…

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Voices from the Buddhist world 8

From Sangharakshita Memorial Space on Fri, 9 Nov, 2018 - 13:06

Voices from the Buddhist world 8

From Sangharakshita Memorial Space on Fri, 9 Nov, 2018 - 13:06

Here is a further appreciation of Bhante’s life and work, from Sulak Sivaraksa of the International Network of Engaged Buddhists, which will appear in the next edition of the INEB magazine ‘Seeds of Peace’.

“Sangharakshita was born Dennis Lingwood in London in 1925. When he was young, there were very few English books on Buddhism. However, he felt that he had always been a Buddhist, and began reading about the religion from the encyclopaedia and other...

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Beyond BAM 2018

Fri, 3 Aug, 2018 - 21:03

Beyond BAM 2018

Fri, 3 Aug, 2018 - 21:03

BAM 2018 witnessed a variety of initiatives to make the world a better place. Let’s rejoice in our individual and collective capacities to transform and to change the world. Sadhu!!! 

What about Beyond BAM? Transformation of self and world cannot be limited to the month of June alone! 

One tangible way we can maintain our ethical vigilance has been made possible by our friends at Ethical Consumer, who were so inspired by Buddhist Action Month that they have offered to extend the special BAM offer beyond June. Simply type...

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The Ulex Project: An Update

From Triratna News on Mon, 30 Jul, 2018 - 14:46

The Ulex Project: An Update

From Triratna News on Mon, 30 Jul, 2018 - 14:46

It is now almost a year since the Ulex Project - an education centre which offers capacity building and training for social movements across Europe - was launched by Ecodharma.  Located about 40 kilometres from Ecodharma Retreat Centre, at the edge of a Catalonian village in Spain, Ulex is more physically accessible than the wilder, more mountainous Ecodharma. The building, a renovated farmhouse, can accommodate about 15 to 16 people as well as 2 to 4 facilitators.

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5 Years Of The Buddhist Centre Online: #6 Engaged Buddhism

From Buddhist Centre Features on Wed, 18 Jul, 2018 - 17:38

5 Years Of The Buddhist Centre Online: #6 Engaged Buddhism

From Buddhist Centre Features on Wed, 18 Jul, 2018 - 17:38

It is not enough to be compassionate. You must act. There are two aspects to action. One is to overcome the distortions and afflictions of your own mind, that is, in terms of calming and eventually dispelling anger. This is action out of compassion. The other is more social, more public. When something needs to be done in the world to rectify the wrongs, if one is really concerned with benefiting others, one needs to be engaged, involved.” - The Dalai Lama

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Transforming World at the Wellington Buddhist Centre

Wed, 18 Jul, 2018 - 01:34

Transforming World at the Wellington Buddhist Centre

Wed, 18 Jul, 2018 - 01:34

Using this board, we collected ideas about the world we wish to inhabit. These pieces of paper are stylised feathers, and during the month as they collected they turned into a fantastic feather cloak (kakahu) that embodies a world more in line with our values. What we wrote follows.

  • The world we envision for the future is one where the arts are paramount, myth and legend carry our inspiration above the material world; appreciation and gratitude are valued over ownership and rights
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Mindful Carers Project

Tue, 3 Jul, 2018 - 10:33

Mindful Carers Project

Tue, 3 Jul, 2018 - 10:33Buddhist Action Month 2018 may be over this year, but of course the activity of 21st bodhisattvas and our love and concern for people and planet is not time-limited. So here is some news that will gladden your heart and in fact may inspire you to get involved! Mindful Carers Limited is a very small company with a project as vast as the ocean - to bring more Buddhist values into long-term care (LTC). Co-Director, Dayasara has worked for...
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BAM in Winter

Wed, 27 Jun, 2018 - 09:23

BAM in Winter

Wed, 27 Jun, 2018 - 09:23

Adelaide Sangha has been focusing on themes emphasised by George Monbiot in ‘Out of the wreckage’, such as knowing your values. We have shared actions that most of us already practice that take account of the wellbeing of other beings. For example, we looked at minimising plastic packaging, going 100% vegan, providing resources for refugee families and rewilding (or revegetating/replanting) land that has been given over to grazing. Returning native flora enables vulnerable fauna to be maintained or re-introduced and this...

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How Buddhist Action Month is Going...

From Triratna News on Wed, 20 Jun, 2018 - 13:52

How Buddhist Action Month is Going...

From Triratna News on Wed, 20 Jun, 2018 - 13:52

While Buddhist Action Month is no doubt a busy time for the many Centres and groups taking part, several have taken the time to keep us updated on how it’s been going for them.

From Padmasambhava’s arrival in Adelaide, Australia, to the Tree of Intentions in the North London Buddhist Centre to the colourful newsletter produced by the Mid Essex Centre aiming to raise awareness and funds for the homeless and refugees groups have been responding...

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