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Interreligious climate pilgrim from Oslo

Wed, 22 May, 2019 - 21:25

Interreligious climate pilgrim from Oslo

Wed, 22 May, 2019 - 21:25

To inspire greater collaberation around climat action we organize in Oslo an Interreligious climat pilgrimage from Oslo to Fredrikstad to the South of Oslo. Search Facebook for @klimapilgrimsvandring.

We believe that all the various faith systems have in them both dogmas, texts and practices that aim at preserving the environment. If we can connect with the deeper values regarding the environment, in different spiritual networks, it will be easier to mobilize for common environmental causes. We also think that a shift to more...

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Hello Gunaketu,

This is wonderful. I would like to speak with you about your plans, if possible. I work for a multi-faith organisation on the climate crisis called the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (www.arrcc.org.au). Perhaps we could share ideas?

What are the dates for your event, please? Would you be up for a Skype call before it starts?

With metta,

Tejopala

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Bra jobbat, Gunaketu! Good to hear about this. (30 May, Tejopala.) Kram Munisha
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BAM! Events at the North London Buddhist Centre

Wed, 15 May, 2019 - 12:16

BAM! Events at the North London Buddhist Centre

Wed, 15 May, 2019 - 12:16

This June is Buddhist Action Month and the theme for 2019 is “Climate Action – Personal Action”. The NLBC we be taking part and we are inviting you to take your dharma and meditation practice off the cushion into action! 

Some of the activities during BAM! are:
Make a pledge on our Tree of Intentions
Donations for a local charity
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Christine's picture

Looks like a great program!

I hope you don’t mind I followed your format for our poster in Vancouver ;-)

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John’s Tips for Greenspace Climate Action

Tue, 14 May, 2019 - 18:51

John Marder, One of the committee members of the Network of Buddhist Organisations UK produced a document on Greenspace Climate Action for Buddhist Action Month 2019. The introduction reads:

“In February this year, Buddhists from a number of different groups and traditions, gathered to discuss right actions that could be taken in response to the climate problem. Greenspace projects featured strongly amongst the ideas that were shared, prompting NBO to develop this guidance.  Its intention is to provide basic...

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Direct Action Meditations and the Dharma

Thu, 9 May, 2019 - 12:49

Direct Action Meditations and the Dharma

Thu, 9 May, 2019 - 12:49

I’m passionate about the Dharma, including the wisdom perspective. I’m passionate about spreading the Dharma. As well as spending the last ten years of my life in service to Taraloka, I’ve also started up West Wales Buddhist Group, in Aberystwyth, where we’re growing a lively sangha. I’m passionate about Maitreya, my yidam - Bodhisattva of Metta and Buddha of the Future - who meditates at the city gates, in the middle of the world, not in a quiet cave somewhere....

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Invitation to Faith Events prior to Mass Lobby of UK Parliament in June

Tue, 30 Apr, 2019 - 19:57

Invitation to Faith Events prior to Mass Lobby of UK Parliament in June

Tue, 30 Apr, 2019 - 19:57

Vishvapani writes:

“On 26th June the Climate Coalition is organising a mass lobby of parliament, which is preceded by Faith events. I have been asked to speak representing Buddhism and I am passing this on in the hope that many people in Triratna will join me for the events, speeches, march and lobby. 

The information is as follows:

We are hoping to hold workshops at St Martin in the Fields Church from 9.30-11.30am, including one led by Jamie Cresswell from the Network of Buddhist Organisations on...

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I should be there (time off from work being permitted). It’d be nice if an alternative ‘Buddhist representative’ from Triratna aside from Vishvapani was asked to do this. It puts him a difficult position that I know he’s aware of. I’m sure there are others quite capable of speaking on this, indeed, Order Members who’ve been campaigning against habitat destruction for longer than Vishvapani.

I hope to see you there …

Padmakumara

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I don’t really understand why there is a need for anyone to ‘lead’ the way?  Why not just walk to Westminster with a common intention and purpose.  Seems leadership in this situation is unnecessary?  Perhaps someone to facilitate the start time.  I was at the Trump Rally on Tuesday in Trafalgar Square and someone just said ‘start walking down Whitehall’ and a few thousand people just did that.  Later, the same person said, now walk to Parliament Square down that road, and  a few thousand people did that!  It wasn’t necessary to lead?

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Buddhist Action Month Handbook 2019

Sat, 6 Apr, 2019 - 16:27

The BAM Handbook 2019 is now available.

Kaspalita Thompson from the NBO (Network of Buddhist Organisations) writes:

The handbook explains the theme: Climate Action - Personal Action. It suggests Buddhist ways of engaging with the theme and thinking about climate change, including avoiding polarisation. There are suggestions of personal and group actions, and other groups that you can join with.

You can download it here: BAM 2019 Handbook

Or as an attachment below....

File NameSize
2019-bam-handbook.pdf2.03 MB
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Vajracaksu's picture

Thank you very much, it looks like a great resource,

Kind wishes

Vajracaksu

 

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Buddhist Action Month 2019

Thu, 21 Feb, 2019 - 19:38

Buddhist Action Month: (BAM!) is an annual festival of Buddhist social action. It started in Britain in 2012 and has since spread out across Europe and beyond. Social action is one of the manifestations of METTA, the strong intention to create Loving Kindness for all, which is embodied in the desire to act for the benefit of the world. Practising this is at the heart of everything we do in the Triratna Buddhist Community.

The Essence of BAM: is to encourage individual...

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Prajnasisya's picture

Thanks for all this. We are definelty going to do things down here in Deal. But what is our theme for this year? I’ve probably not looked in the right place

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Great that you will be doing things in Deal during Buddhist Action Month in June. 
The Network of Buddhist Organisations (NBO) have chosen Climate Change as their focus for BAM 2019. But we (Triratna Development Team) have not set a particular theme for this year’s BAM. It is up to you and your Group/Centre to decide what to focus on. Whatever is alive for you. We are just offering some resources that you may find helpful. There are lots of suggestions there if you are in need of some inspiration!
Hope this helps,
With metta,
Gunabhadri

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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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In Oslo, we will kickstart BAM with an Interreligious Climatpilgrim from Oslo to Fredrikstad. This is marking that Oslo is the Climate Capital of Europe this year. We start walking 30.5 and arrive 2.6. Clear Vision will join us to document it all. Read more here: https://www.facebook.com/klimapilgrimsvandring/?modal=admin_todo_tour

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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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Thanks for this Munisha. I am spreading the word locally in the Brixton. 

saravantu's picture

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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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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