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Pride 2018 in the Dublin Buddhist Centre

From Triratna News on Fri, 21 Sep, 2018 - 17:14

Pride 2018 in the Dublin Buddhist Centre

From Triratna News on Fri, 21 Sep, 2018 - 17:14

To celebrate Dublin Pride 2018, and Buddhist Action Month (BAM), the Dublin Buddhist Centre hosted a special Pride celebration on the 25th June. Kasey Tobin, a GFR Mitra involved in the event gives us a flavour of the event.

“This event was facilitated by a number of us in the Dublin Sangha with LGBT+ experiences.  As LGBT+ people we have seen a lot of progress in securing our human rights in the last few...

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It's Buddhist Action Month!

From Triratna News on Fri, 1 Jun, 2018 - 14:51

It's Buddhist Action Month!

From Triratna News on Fri, 1 Jun, 2018 - 14:51

The 1st June marks the start of Buddhist Action Month, a festival of social action which is being marked by many Buddhist groups across the UK and Europe.  In Triratna, Sanghas across our community have been preparing for this event and incorporating events and activities in their various programmes.

In Southampton in the UK there will be talks on the theme of transformation, a workshop exploring Engaged Buddhism through the work of Joanna Macy, an India evening and a special...

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New Inter-Buddhist Union formed in Ireland

From Triratna News on Mon, 9 Apr, 2018 - 16:37

New Inter-Buddhist Union formed in Ireland

From Triratna News on Mon, 9 Apr, 2018 - 16:37

Maitrikaya from the Dublin Buddhist Centre writes: “On March 24th 2018 at the historic Rotunda building in Dublin a meeting took place to establish the Irish Buddhist Union (IBU) to represent Buddhism in Ireland. The IBU is a new umbrella association of Buddhist Sanghas and Organisations in Ireland. It is envisioned as a fellowship of Irish Buddhists, intending to bring Buddhist ideas and principles to the attention of wider Irish society.

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Sadhu to all involved, may it benefit many. A 12% growth in 7 years in big. Do you know which faiths have grown even more than Buddhism in Ireland??

Kind wishes

Vajracaksu 

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Hi Vajracaksu,

Interesting question! Looking at the information from the Central Statistics Office (which you can find here) there were two other religions which grew more than Buddhism in Ireland between 2011 and 2016:  there was a 28.1% increase in the number of Muslims (up to 63,443 people) and a 34% increase in the number of Hindus (up to 14,332 people).  Buddhism is the next largest non-Christian religion after that.  The next census will be in 2021 so it will be interesting to see if the upwards growth of Buddhists in Ireland continues!

With Metta,

Sadayasihi

Vajracaksu's picture

Thank you Sadayasihi for taking the trouble to respond, I’ve taken a bit of a look at the link you sent. It seems to me that the wording of the original article was not accurate. The numbers of Buddhists are growing in Ireland but that Buddhism is one of the slowest or the slowest growing one:

Hindus 34%
Jewish 28.9%
Muslims 28.1%

Buddhist 12.1%

It is great that more people are interested in the Dharma of course but in this day and age I’m especially fond of ‘accuracy of narration.’

Thank you for the job you’re doing.

Kind wishes

Vajracaksu 

 

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Thanks for pointing this out Vajracaksu.  I take your point about accuracy of narrative. Just to say that I think Maitrikaya got that statistic from an article in the Irish Times, a national newspaper.

If you look at the list of religions (in the database list) there are 53 listed.  Without going through all 53 (and deciphering which are Christian and non-Christian) and calculating the % growth or otherwise between 2011 and 2016 I can’t definitely dispute whether Buddhism should now go from being described as the fastest growing to the slowest growing religion or not.   

However the fact remains that the numbers of Buddhists in Ireland according to the census indicate that it is the third largest grouping after Muslims and Hindus, which seems the most significant point, and why at this juncture an Irish Inter-Buddhist network would be warranted.

I hope things are going well in Istanbul.

With Metta,
Sadayasihi

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Yes while apologising for not being more accurate with the stats I did take them from the newspaper acticle but it must be said they came from the IBU press release drawn up by a colleague which I took as accurate. Point taken Vajracaksu your work in Turkey inspires. 

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Please help develop the work of the Dublin Buddhist Centre

Thu, 23 May, 2013 - 13:47

Please help develop the work of the Dublin Buddhist Centre

Thu, 23 May, 2013 - 13:47The Spiritual Community at the Dublin Buddhist Centre is especially spiritually vital at the moment. There are many of us involved, from a diverse range of backgrounds, inspired by the vision of existence that the Buddha offers and engaging with his teachings in the company of others.

The vibrancy and continued success of the DBC presents us with a challenge: as the number of people involved increases, and as more and more people wish to take their practice...
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