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London Buddhist Centre at London Climate March

Tue, 8 Dec, 2015 - 14:28

London Buddhist Centre at London Climate March

Tue, 8 Dec, 2015 - 14:28

Steph Delaney writes from London: “Central London, Sunday 29 November 2015. On the eve of the 2015 International Climate Conference in Paris, 50,000 people, including members of the Triratna Buddhist Community, marched across London, demanding that global leaders take urgent action to tackle climate change. This was the largest of about 2,500 demonstrations taking place around the world ahead of the critical UN summit.

People from Triratna’s London, Cambridge, Oxford, Surrey, Kent and Birmingham sanghas met in Hyde Park, and joined a group meditation...

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How excellent! Makes me realise how important communication is, even just within our small movement. I wasn’t aware of the Transforming World and Self group, even though a bunch of us from Sheffield sangha joined in many of the same pre-march activities. I suppose it’s hard to connect and chat while meditating ;-)

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Hi Christina,

You can read more about all this, and the Transforming Self and World group, here on Triratna News:

https://thebuddhistcentre.com/news/more-triratna-climate-change-actions

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Bronze facts - Ethical perspectives on mining and the use of copper, bronze and brass

Sat, 17 Oct, 2015 - 14:29

Here’s a fact sheet with some infomration on the use of copper  - which aprat from being used in all kinds of gadgets and technology, for examples in cars & computers, it  is often used in Buddhist ritual objects, such as rupas and singing bowls. This gives it immediately an added ethcial dimension - it seems difficult to wish to purchase a beautiful object designed to raise our level of consciousness and support our dharma practice, if it seems it potentially involves...

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What can Buddhism offer to the climate change crisis?

Sun, 4 Oct, 2015 - 20:23

What can Buddhism offer to the climate change crisis?

Sun, 4 Oct, 2015 - 20:23

I would be interested to hear responses to this question. What do you see that dharma practicioners can uiquely contribute to the issues of climate change, if anything? 

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To start benefiting all beings here and now in this world:

O Bodhisattvas!

Please help! One thing in every Bodhisattva’s practice these days stands out: no matter how hard we practice, so that all beings (all beings without an exception) benefit, the conditions for life in this world continue to deteriorate at ever increasing pace. What can be going wrong? Why isn’t the quality of life for all beings here and now improving? The reason that things in this world generally are going from bad to worse is that we don’t have a clear idea, a clear thought in our minds of how should all life in this world be accommodated optimally, so that all beings exist in harmony with all others. Due to our working towards different objectives (because there is no clearly defined, collectively held idea of what this world should be like at its optimum), there is no chance for conditions for all life here and now to become optimal ever. What needs to be done is that we all agree on what actually the optimal conditions for all life on Earth should be. Then, while we work towards the same, by all of us agreed upon goal, not anymore sorting out our differences in real life (which is very costly in time, resources, and lives), we stand a much better chance of seeing the tide turning, and seeing the conditions for all life on Earth starting, actually, improving! That all beings (all beings with no exceptions) benefit optimally fully here and now is very important, because here and now is forever in all three times and all directions of space. If all beings don’t benefit by our actions here and now, they never will. Here and now is all we have ever. All beings have to benefit fully here and now! Bodhisattvas! What kind of a world should the Earth be to accommodate all life optimally? How shall we unify, harmonize all our individual ideas about what this world should be like ideally so that we all work towards one clearly defined objective? Some ideas how this could be done are presented at www.ModelEarth.Org . May all differences, all controversies, all conflicts, and all complaints that there are in this world among all beings be resolved peacefully without any delays! May all these be prevented from ever arising by using what-so-ever expedient, skillful, effective, appropriate, and wholesome means! May this come to pass by the power of all true Bodhisattvas ever merit! !OmManiPadmeHum! May all beings, without an exception, benefit to the utmost by this action in all ways possible, spiritually and materially alike, starting with all beings that there are here and now. May humans voluntarily become fully and truly forever transparently sustainable for their own good and for the benefit of all beings! May the Great Enlightenment start happening here and now, or else it will never happen! Relevant: Creating Lasting Peace- www.ModelEarth.Org/peace.html Mahayana: Philosophy for Sustainability- www.ModelEarth.Org/mahaecosoc.html Why Prayers, Meditations, Wishes, and Any Such Don’t Help to Establish a Lasting Peace in the World- www.ModelEarth.Org/praypeace.html This Paradise Earth: Philosophy in Practice www.ModelEarth.Org/paradise.html Thank you, Mr. Jan Hearthstone - www.ModelEarth.Org .

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One first thing is to join in the global action day. Our Kempsey-Macleay Valley Sangha will join, on the riverbank in our rural location, and talk about what we are doing individually and as a group to stay responsible and inspired for the welfare of the earth. Sea-level rises, river floods and higher average temperatures are the obvious factors we are facing here, but it isn’t just us here of course we know it is affecting you too dear friends! 

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Suggestions and ideas for Buddhist Action Month 2016

Sun, 4 Oct, 2015 - 20:27

Suggestions and ideas for Buddhist Action Month 2016

Sun, 4 Oct, 2015 - 20:27

Buddhist Action Month 2015 was the best yet with around 25 Triratna centres and groups actively participating duirn ght emonth of June and engaging in a wide variety of ‘actions’, from litter picking to examining how we use our money to showing films on climage change issues followed by discussions, and a  whiole lot more. 

It is not too early to look ahead to 2016 and the next Buddhsit Action Month: what are your suggestions or thoughts on what we may wish to...

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http://www.stopthearmsfair.org.uk/events/no-faith-in-war-action-at-the-excel-centre/ I saw that there was a ‘faith-based day of action’ and nonviolent protest at the DSEi arms fair in September, attempting to peacefully stop vehicles carrying munitions from entering the site. Many faiths were represented including I believe Catholics, Quakers and Hare Krishnas. As Buddhists perhaps more than most faiths, advocate non-violence, I thought that it could have been a good thing if some Buddhists had been there to ‘represent’! Perhaps there may be an opportunity to attend something similar during Buddhist Action Month, if one keeps and eye out for it.

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Thank you Zoi  - that is a helpful suggestion that iwe can add to our ‘Ideas for BAM’ resources, do keep the suggestions coming, thank you! 

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Maybe something to do with the refugee crisis? Or joining a local Transition group or community supported agriculture project?

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Thanks for your ideas - do keep them coming! 

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In fact, working with a local Transition, City of Sanctuary or Age Concern group all could work. When will the themes be decided please?

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The Secret of Effective Collaboration from the Ecodharma Centre/Guyhapati

Sun, 4 Oct, 2015 - 20:39

The Secret of Effective Collaboration from the Ecodharma Centre/Guyhapati

Sun, 4 Oct, 2015 - 20:39

I am reposting an interesting excerpt which Christine from the Sheffield Buddhist Centre posted earlier today - Guyhapati from the Ecodharma Centre speaking: 

The work I have been doing in recent years around sustainable activism and burnout has brought me into close contact with hundreds of activists across Europe. For many right now it’s easy to feel despondent, seeing ahead of them a long uphill struggle, amidst a political climate where their values of ecological and social justice are so marginalized. But often...

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Nepal earthquake appeal news

Tue, 28 Apr, 2015 - 11:38

Nepal earthquake appeal news

Tue, 28 Apr, 2015 - 11:38

Over on Triratna News you’ll find reports of Triratna fundraising for relief work in Nepal following the earthquakes last weekend, to be carried out by Green Tara Trust.

Earthquake appeal by Green Tara Trust
Earthquake appeal update

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Nepal earthquake: compassion in action

Sat, 2 May, 2015 - 17:45

Nepal earthquake: compassion in action

Sat, 2 May, 2015 - 17:45

See Triratna News for an update on the hugely successful fundraising for Green Tara Trust’s work in Nepal.

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Amazing earthquake fundraising

Tue, 5 May, 2015 - 10:55

Amazing earthquake fundraising

Tue, 5 May, 2015 - 10:55

Triratna News reports on Green Tara Trust’s hugely successful fundraising for earthquake relief in Nepal.

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Why 'Compassion In Action'?

Mon, 6 Apr, 2015 - 17:31

Why 'Compassion In Action'?

Mon, 6 Apr, 2015 - 17:31

Compassion In Action is our new community space for the ongoing sharing that started life as ‘Beyond BAM’ (‘Beyond Buddhist Action Month’)!

Essentially, this space is about metta: the quality of unconditional loving-kindness, a key value in our Triratna community as it is in all Buddhist traditions. The Triratna Buddhist Community aims to be a force for the good in the world, and all we do is dedicated to benefiting...

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Lovely, thanks for a wonderful and inspiring post, Mokshini. Imagine the impact such mindful compassion would have if it became the norm! Let’s engage our sangha(s) to the challenge; after all, there is no better place to begin ethical exemplification in the world than in our spiritual communities.