Using this board, we collected ideas about the world we wish to inhabit. These pieces of paper are stylised feathers, and during the month as they collected they turned into a fantastic feather cloak (kakahu) that embodies a world more in line with our values. What we wrote follows.
The world we envision for the future is one where the arts are paramount, myth and legend carry our inspiration above the material world; appreciation and gratitude are valued over ownership and rights
if you’d like to combine a BAM event with some interBuddhist friendship action then you might like to come to the dawn meditation in London’s Battersea Park organised by Zenways - they say everyone is most welcome (+ friends/family) and they’d love to see you.
21st June 7:30am: Silent meditation followed by a simple breakfast supplied by zenways and a chance to mix, laugh, mingle and share. Meet next to the Battersea Park Peace Pagoda. All welcome.
I’ve attached the Triratna version of the Buddhist Action Month Handbook which I compiled in 2016 and is full of suggestions and ideas for Buddhist action ranging from litter picks over guerrilla gardening to a commitment to a month of ‘five minute interventions’.
It also contains an Event Planning Guide, a template for an Energy Audit for your Buddhist Centre, supporting info on how to become a Sustainable Buddhist Centre and other helpful ideas.
June is Buddhist Action Month (BAM) and Triratna Sanghas all over the world have been planning activities as part of this festival of Buddhist social action. Beginning in 2012 as a day, this is a pan-Buddhist initiative from the UK’s Network of Buddhist Organisations.
This year we have an invitation to explore two particular angles of ‘transforming self, transforming world’:
transforming self: looking at the effect of digital technology on the well-being of us as individuals and on society ...
An excellent way to engage people in discussion and raise awareness of ecological and economic issues that have ethical implications for our practice is to show a film at your Centre and invite people along. Here is a list to get you started!
‘The Story of Stuff’ (series of films starting in 2007 to present)
‘Before the Flood’(2017)
‘Chasing Coral’ (2017)
‘Awake, a dream from Standing Rock’ (2017)
‘A Plastic Ocean’ (2016)
‘Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things’ (2016)
‘How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t...
You may decide June is a good month to learn more about economics, neoliberalism, environmental issues, or ways to get engaged - here is a list of books to get you started! If there is something you want to add to this list, just add it in the comments box below!
Raworth, K. 2018. ‘Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st Century Economist’. Cornerstone.
Monbiot, G. 2017. ‘Out of the Wreckage: a new politics for an age of crisis’. Verso.
Want to do something effective but don’t know where to start? One of the most tangible and straightforward things each of us can do is to financially withdraw our support from anti-social businesses. This is known as divestment. The historical precedent is the divestment campaign which helped end the apartheid system in South Africa. Currently, the two most successful global divestment campaigns are the Carbon Divestment Movement (“Go Fossil Free”), which is tackling climate change, and the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement, which...
Living ethically in the 21st century is complex and often conflicted, but there are tools and resources that can help us make informed and effective choices. In the UK, Ethical Consumer Magazine is an independent, not-for-profit, multi-stakeholder co-operative whose mission is to make global businesses more sustainable through consumer pressure. Founded in Manchester in 1989, Ethical Consumer helps consumers to shop ethically, campaigners to challenge corporate power, and businesses to improve their supply chain
Here is a short video from Christine Thuring to inspire us to commit to some life- and world changing actions this June. Buddhist Action Month is an opportunity to reflect on our values, and to take the time to think about and adjust a habit that we know has an adverse affect on ourselves and on the planet. Typical BAM activities over the last few years have included litter picks, beach cleans, a month of going vegan, or mindful time...