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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 puja - as well as an invitation to join in a weeklong digital detox. In Birmingham, Sangha night has been dedicated to BAM, and there will be talks and rituals as well as awareness-raising about a local homeless charity. And in Oxford there’s an outdoor meditation, litter picking event and a film night and more.
Over the water in Dublin there’s a range of events from a film night showing Angry Buddha (about Hungarian Gypsies who were inspired by Dr Ambedkar) to a biodiversity tour and cycle to ‘writing for transformation’ workshop and more besides. The Dublin Buddhist Centre are also inviting individuals to make pledges for the month and share their tips on a padlet.
‘Down Under’ in Wellington, New Zealand, the five positive precepts are being explored as part of ‘transforming self, transforming world’. The Sangha there is also being invited to address the question “The future we want for our world and its inhabitants is…” and help create a feather cloak out of the various responses. And in Adelaide in Australia, things kicked off early to include Buddha day, as “what better example could we have of ‘transforming self transforming world’ than the Buddha Shakyamuni”. The Adelaide Sangha will be exploring what kind of new collective myth we can bring into being over the course of the month.
Read more about the theme for this year’s Buddhist Action Month, ‘transforming self, transforming world’.
Keep in touch with what’s going on through our community during Buddhist Action Month by clicking +Follow on the dedicated Buddhist Action Month page and do share what you or your Sangha are doing.