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FOR THE EARTH...

From North London Buddhist Centre on Thu, 28 May, 2020 - 10:23

FOR THE EARTH...

From North London Buddhist Centre on Thu, 28 May, 2020 - 10:23

Sangha Night Buddhism, Mondays, 19:00

On 1, 8 and 15 June, Sangha night will focus on the theme for Buddhist Action Month, which this year is …for the Earth. We will explore what we want to do or say ‘for the Earth’, with short talks, discussion and ritual and with reference to the Brahmaviharas – specifically Metta (love), Karuna (compassion) and Mudita (joy). These weeks will be led by Karunagita with support from Katja and the Sangha night team. 

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Excellent, I hope all the meetings are a success.

Kind wishes

Vajracaksu

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Buddhist Action Month Calendar

Sat, 2 May, 2020 - 13:11

Kaspalita Thompson from the Network of Buddhist Organisations writes:

“… So many of our events for Buddhist Action Month (June) are likely to be online this year. This means that people can join them from anywhere in the world.

With this in mind I’ve created a calendar of events on the NBO website. There are just a few events there at the moment, and I’d love to add details of whatever you are offering.
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Buddhist Action Month 2020

Mon, 27 Apr, 2020 - 14:44

Kaspalita Thompson from the Network of Buddhist Organisations writes:

We are living in unusual times. The world has responded with appropriate urgency to the COVID-19 outbreak. Buddhist centres across the UK have closed and are offering practice sessions online. Local volunteer groups have appeared to respond to the virus.

In the background the climate and ecological crisis continues to unfold. Although there has been a drop in carbon emissions in many countries in lockdown, and an...

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Earth Week on The Buddhist Centre Online! Hair On Fire: A New Podcast Mini-Series

From Buddhist Centre Features on Tue, 21 Apr, 2020 - 22:46

This week on The Buddhist Centre Online and the Dharma Toolkit we are marking Earth Day - all week long! Watch out for our specially commissioned mini-series of podcasts released through the week: “Hair On Fire: Using the Threefold Way of Ethics, Meditation, and Wisdom to Turn Toward Climate Change”.

We’ll be book-ending these special episodes with some lively, thoughtful conversations around the whole area of Buddhist responses - human responses - to climate change, especially...

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CREDITS

Episode 1, Ethics: 

Intro module voices in order:
Nancy Artz
Ben Ovshinsky
Aryadrishti

Interviews:
Aryadrishti
Nancy Artz
Hridayashri
Dayamudra
Ben Ovshinsky
Ethan Davidson
Hridayashri
Candradasa
Gleysa Morales

Music and sound effects via Splice. Produced by:
Capsun Pro Audio
Oliver
Blast Wave FX
Producers on the Run
Alexander Tannous
The Love Experiment
World Tech


Episode 2, Meditation: 

Intro module voices in order:
Karunadevi
Aryadrishti
Ben Ovshinsky
Danamaya
Dayamudra
Ethan Davidson
Frank Gallivan
Vimalamoksha
Gleysa Morales

Eva Soncin reads David Whyte’s poem ‘Enough’ from Where Many Rivers Meet. Copyright © 1990 David Whyte.

With permission from David Whyte and Many Rivers Press.

Interviews in order:
Ben Ovshinsky
Frank Gallavan
Danamaya

Padmatara reads Naomi Shihab Nye’s poem ‘Shoulders’ from Red Suitcase. Copyright © 1994 by Naomi Shihab Nye.

BOA Editions Ltd. Recorded with permission.

Vimalamoksha
Karunadevi

Music and sound effects:
Capsun Pro Audio
Martin Wave
Producer Loops|


Episode 3, Wisdom:

Speakers:
Karunadevi
Aryadrishti
Frank Gallivan
Vimalamoksha
Hridayashri
Ben Ovshinksy 
Ethan Davidson
Dayamudra
Nancy Artz
Danamaya

Music and sound effects via Splice. Produced by:
Ramzoid Samples
Molly Moore
Big Room Sound
Alexandre Tannous
Capsun ProAudio
and Audio Impera

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Here is the podcasts as mp3 files for direct download.

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Buddhist Action Month 2020 is coming!

Tue, 25 Feb, 2020 - 20:19

Kaspalita Thompson from the Network of Buddhist Organisations UK writes:

BAM! 2020

Hi everyone - we are heading towards June, Buddhist Action Month!

The theme for 2020 is … For The Earth. The invitation is to put your group name, event name or own personal theme before the phrase ‘For The Earth’. In this way we have both a unifying element, and a way of reflecting our diversity as Buddhists and activists. Some examples:

Tidying our park for the Earth
Bodhisattva practice...

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Video - Maitridevi on the ECA's new strategic priorities

From European Chairs' Assembly on Tue, 14 Jan, 2020 - 12:35

Video - Maitridevi on the ECA's new strategic priorities

From European Chairs' Assembly on Tue, 14 Jan, 2020 - 12:35

Maitridevi from Taraloka outlines some of the strategic priorities that the European Chairs Assembly have agreed upon during the 2020 Winter meeting - and speaks more fully on the priority close to her heart: Dharmic engagement with social and ecological issues.

Listen to a podcast about the ECA’s new strategic priorities

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Metta to those affected by Australian Bushfires

From Adhisthana on Fri, 10 Jan, 2020 - 16:18

Metta to those affected by Australian Bushfires

From Adhisthana on Fri, 10 Jan, 2020 - 16:18

Here’s a message from Aryajaya, Shubhavyuha and James from Adhisthana (and also Australia) to those affected by the catastrophic bushfires which have been burning in Australia since late October.

Please join in a collective Metta wave in whatever way you can, wherever you are - not just for the loss but for the courage, bravery and dedication of those fighting the fires, rescuing animals and for all the acts of kindness that have been happening.

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parami's picture

thanks for this you three.  at my chapter this morning we had talked about the bushfires and about metta so it was good to see this this afternoon.  such a tragedy.  I will certainly be joining into a wave of solidarity.  Parami

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Like so many others, my heart really goes out to all those affected by these fires, human, animal or other organic form.  

Last Friday at 7 pm there was a 3-minute prayer for rain, asking us to imagine sheets of water deluging down, putting out fires, soaking into the ground, preventing fires spreading, bringing relief.  And rain did come to some of the affected areas.  I’ll be doing this again, every Friday until the end of the bushfire season, praying for rain for the affected areas in Australia.  will you join me? 
Tejasvini 
 

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Thanks so much for posting and for the personal video, so moving to watch.

In our chapter meeting last Monday evening we meditated and sent Metta to all those affected by the fires in Australia. 
 

Sucimani xxx

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Receiving all metta into our sad hearts here in Australia. Many of us have received open hearted responses of care from other sangha members all around the world checking in with us. Sangha in action. 
I saw a drawing recently depicting a group of traditional superheroes, Superman etc, greeting a tired, ash covered Australian volunteer firefighter with a simple caption “welcome to the club.”
These everyday workers have left their office desks, classrooms, businesses, studies, farms, families  etc and have been on the fire frontline for months. You see their tiny forms in media pictures sometimes in the front of monsterous walls of flame, putting their lives at risk to save others. They have collectively saved thousands of homes and lives.  
Some will struggle to ever fully recover from what they have witnessed during this time on the frontline. Some have lost their lives and left small children and family members at home devastated.

I heard a story of a bush apiarist who, when going back into a burnt landscape to check on his hives, took up the offer of help from young student apiarists. However, these students were so traumatised by the ongoing sound of the cries they heard in the bush of the badly burnt animals that were still alive, the beekeeper had to arrange counselling for them after that day and drop the idea of students helping on further trips. 

I am so grateful for my connection with the three jewels at times like this. The dharma gives a cosmic perspective and meditation practices provide welcome support in the face of this immense suffering, without freezing up completely. I hope our government wakes up to the ‘cries of the world‘ so clearly evident from the people in this country protesting on the streets to the devastated animal populations and the blackened bush.

And whilst Australia faces this tragic event I am also very aware of other significant painful events happening around the world. The tonglen practice sharpens the heart to take what we are experiencing and utilise the tenderising of our own hearts to raise our awareness of others in the world also experiencing catastrophic events.  Metta to all those suffering  
In the face of tragedy we still have the amazing resilience and bravery of everyday human beings that definitely fosters hope. So many instances of love, connection, kindness and generosity are also happening in our blackened countryside. 


 

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lovely, thanks Maitripala.  Much love to you

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Mindfully Facing Climate Change

Mon, 6 Jan, 2020 - 18:33

Mindfully Facing Climate Change

Mon, 6 Jan, 2020 - 18:33


Dear friends, sisters and brothers in the Triratna world, 

I would like to draw your attention to a four week online course by Bhikkhu Analayo on “Mindfully Facing Climate Change”. 
The course starts today - sorry for thinking so late of the opportunity to post this information here, but I expect it is possible to join later. It consists of a video talk, a guided meditation and some text material every week, accompanied by a moderated forum for exchange. It...

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Extinction Rebellion as spiritual practice: some thoughts

Wed, 20 Nov, 2019 - 15:41

Extinction Rebellion as spiritual practice: some thoughts

Wed, 20 Nov, 2019 - 15:41

“You do not have to say anything. But, it may harm your defence if you do not mention when questioned something which you later rely on in court. Anything you do say may be given in evidence.”  

The policeman seemed fair but firm, or firm but fair.  Not hostile, perhaps very faintly puzzled.  Civil, but watching me closely and watchful of boundaries.  Humane, but not over-friendly.  Tired.

There I was, a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order, wearing my kesa, sat meditating on...

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jayarava's picture

Thanks for this. And again, thanks for your sacrifice in putting yourself on the line in pursuit of climate justice. At this point non-violence civil disobedience seems to be the only sensible response: it has worked many times before. 

Yogaratna's picture

Thank you Jayarava.  Yes, I think if there was something like a meaningful response going on, there wouldn’t be the need for NVDA etc.  It would just be a matter of supporting the response.

bodhipaksa's picture

Thank you. I appreciate you putting yourself on the line in this way. The notion that not inconveniencing people is a higher ideal than campaigning to prevent serious damage to our planet’s ecosystem seems absurd to me.

In terms of the Buddha and social action, he said it was not an offense for a monk or nun to release animals from hunters’ traps. Legally those animals could be considered to belong to the hunters, and the monks or nuns releasing them could therefore be regarded as taking the not-given, but as long as they were acting out of compassion the Buddha was OK with it. I think this is a good example of the Buddha advocating disruptive, yet compassionate, action.

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Thank you Bodhipaksa.  I’m sure the Buddha was interested in the systemic/cultural/conventional causes of suffering.  I don’t know about this example you quote.  Could you point me to the source?

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I don’t have the relevant books at hand, but a quick internet search pointed to Vin iii 62 as being the source. I remember being struck by this passage when I was researching my book on vegetarianism.

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Taraloka declares an ecological emergency

Tue, 29 Oct, 2019 - 13:14

Taraloka declares an ecological emergency

Tue, 29 Oct, 2019 - 13:14

In October 2018 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report stated that without dramatic action we will not be able to limit global warming to a 1.5C increase. They state “Limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require rapid and far-reaching changes… at an unprecedented scale.”

In 2019 the UN Biodiversity report estimated that around one million species “already face extinction, many within decades, more than ever before in human history.”

It is clear from these reports that planet Earth is at present under severe ecological threat....

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Saccanama's picture

Sadhu sisters. Very pleased to hear you have taken this step and I will be interested in anything you learn along the way.

love,

Saccanama

Tejopala's picture

Thank you! Very encouraging to see clarity and leadership on this going on in Triratna. 

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Thank you Taraloka! May the rest of the Movement follow your lead…
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Makes me so happy …Was so disappointing and crushing when the International Council didnt agree to our proposal that we become sustainable movement like the Quakers , perhaps this will create the change that we need in Triratna xxxxxxxxxx Love Sahajatara