“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
Posted by saradarshini on 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
Posted by mokshini on 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...
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...
A new Buddhist global project has been set up to help the Rohingya people, a million of whom are living in the world’s biggest refugee camp, Bangladesh, as a result of Buddhist-led violence in Myanmar/Burma. After fleeing their burning villages, many of them now find themselves living in very difficult conditions facing monsoon rains.
if you’d like to combine a BAM event with some interBuddhist friendship action then you might like to come to the dawn meditation in London’s Battersea Park organised by Zenways - they say everyone is most welcome (+ friends/family) and they’d love to see you.
21st June 7:30am: Silent meditation followed by a simple breakfast supplied by zenways and a chance to mix, laugh, mingle and share. Meet next to the Battersea Park Peace Pagoda. All welcome.