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Buddhist Action Month 2019 kicked off this week! Buddhist Action Month, or BAM, is an annual festival of Buddhist social action, an opportunity to explicitly bring Metta - or loving-kindness - off the cushion into the world around us. As in previous years, a number of Sanghas across Triratna are participating in this year’s BAM. Here’s a quick look at what some have in store.
At the North London Buddhist Centre there will be opportunities to make pledges on their ‘tree of intentions’ as well as special BAM themed Sangha nights and an early morning meditation. A highlight for the Mid Essex Buddhist Centre will be a visit from Akuppa, the author of Saving the Earth: A Buddhist View. Meanwhile at the Bristol Buddhist Centre a variety of events will take place, including a talk by Shantigarbha on empathy and non-violent action as a tool for social change, as well as an evening exploring simplicity and lifestyle, with Sagaravajra from the East Devon Forest Garden.
This year the Vancouver Sangha will take part in BAM for the first time! They are planning a number of different events including a solstice camping weekend retreat and going the ‘No Trans Mountain Pipeline’ rally.
And, here’s an interesting event - members of the Oslo Sangha have taken part in an ’Inter-religious Climate Pilgrimage’ from Oslo to Fredrikstad, Norway. The Clear Vision team have been there filming so watch this space for more!