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Social change in San Francisco

By Munisha on Mon, 19 Jun, 2017 - 09:01

Social change in San Francisco

By Munisha on Mon, 19 Jun, 2017 - 09:01

Over on Triratna News, there’s an nice video story of an American Buddhist working for social change: Vimalamoksha makes Tiny Homes for those living on the street in San Francisco. Video by Prasadachitta.

Triratna News
Triratna News

'Tiny homes' for San Francisco's homeless

By Munisha on Sun, 18 Jun, 2017 - 23:49

'Tiny homes' for San Francisco's homeless

By Munisha on Sun, 18 Jun, 2017 - 23:49

It’s 50 years since San Francisco’s ‘Summer of Love’, and with Buddhist Action Month in full swing across many countries, it’s a great moment to celebrate American Order member Vimalamoksha and his Tiny Homes Project, making innovative small wooden mobile homes for those living on the streets of San Francisco. Video by Prasadachitta.

Read more about the Tiny Homes Project.
Watch another video about the Tiny Homes Project.
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Learning to ride a bike at 40!

By Momtaz on Thu, 15 Jun, 2017 - 12:24

Learning to ride a bike at 40!

By Momtaz on Thu, 15 Jun, 2017 - 12:24

Written by Momtaz

Nearly everyone assumes that I would know how to ride a bike.  I probably would, if I had grown up with bikes, but I have never had one - although I must admit as I child I did want a bike and I did want to learn how to ride one.  However, as an adult it has never been an essential and I have been perfectly happy to walk whenever I can.  Even after I got my first car...

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COMPLETELY VEGAN CAKES

By Momtaz on Thu, 15 Jun, 2017 - 12:13

COMPLETELY VEGAN CAKES

By Momtaz on Thu, 15 Jun, 2017 - 12:13

Its a common misconception that eggs are central when baking cakes, and that vegan cakes are dry and tasteless. But this isn’t true! You can make delicious cakes that are totally vegan without compromising on taste and texture. For the recent Taraloka open afternoon Momtaz and I spent the day baking vegan cakes, to show visitors how wonderful vegan cakes can be.

Momtaz baked a ‘Luscious Lemon and Poppy Seed’ cake; ingredients were vegan margarine, brown sugar, lemons, soya milk, flour, baking powder and...

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OPENING TARALOKA'S DOORS TO THE LOCAL COMMUNITY NEAR AND FAR!

By Momtaz on Tue, 13 Jun, 2017 - 15:57

OPENING TARALOKA'S DOORS TO THE LOCAL COMMUNITY NEAR AND FAR!

By Momtaz on Tue, 13 Jun, 2017 - 15:57

TARALOKA OPEN AFTERNOON - JUNE 2017  Written by Trish Sykes

Sunday 11th June dawned with strong winds and dark, forbidding clouds. This ensured that, at every available moment, several community members headed to their computers to check the weather forecast. Some sound bites of the conversations that morning were:”40% chance of rain at 1300 hours”; “Oh - my search said no rain until 1400”; “Noooo! That’s just in time for my Tai Chi session on the lawn!”; “My...

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Using Taraloka Resources: Elderflower

By Momtaz on Tue, 13 Jun, 2017 - 14:44

Using Taraloka Resources: Elderflower

By Momtaz on Tue, 13 Jun, 2017 - 14:44

Our wonderful gardener (as well as Retreat Leader) Suchitta manages the Gardens, not only beautifully, but also resourcefully. At the back of the community she is growing potatoes, garlic and rhubarb, and near the Retreat centre shrine room grows Elderflower. For the Open afternoon Momtaz and I made some Elderflower cordial to share some of the resources from the Taraloka Gardens.

Elderflower cordial is very easy to make and has a sweet and refreshingly cool taste. We gathered about 40 elderflower heads, thinly...

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SAVING WATER: HRIDAYAGITA

By Momtaz on Tue, 13 Jun, 2017 - 12:53

SAVING WATER: HRIDAYAGITA

By Momtaz on Tue, 13 Jun, 2017 - 12:53

One of my pledges for BAM is to save water. We have 11 of us in the Taraloka community at the moment, and while not everyone showers or baths every day, we still use quite a large amount of water between us!

I decided to focus on the kitchen bathroom because it is a favourite bathroom for many: newly decorated last year; with the best shower pressure; and regularly used by six of us. It needed to be a simple idea...

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Vegan baking: Sourdough Bread

By Momtaz on Mon, 12 Jun, 2017 - 16:41

Vegan baking: Sourdough Bread

By Momtaz on Mon, 12 Jun, 2017 - 16:41

Written by Catherine Ward from the Norwich Sangha who is currently volunteering for 6 months at Taraloka:

Bread making is steeped in history with Sourdough being one of the earliest forms of bread, and very central to village and community life for our ancestors. For Taraloka also, Sourdough is one of the main staples, and its been one of my pleasures as a volunteer to bake bread for the community.

With the theme of BAM being ‘connecting for change’ I have been reflecting...

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BAM in Oslo

By gunaketu on Thu, 8 Jun, 2017 - 15:54

BAM in Oslo

By gunaketu on Thu, 8 Jun, 2017 - 15:54

Just a short note on what we do. 

Last week, 1st of June we opened our new temporary centre.

Tonight we will brainstorm how we might practice engaged buddhism in our everyday lives, and set targets for the next two weeks.

Next week we will explore an idea from a zen-inspired buddhist who wants to start an engaged buddhist group of sorts. 

22.6 we will review our engaged practice. 

29.6 we will close for the season and dedicate our merits after meditation and puja.

mudita

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Are you ready for BAM?! YES!

By mokshini on Thu, 8 Jun, 2017 - 10:17

Thanks to Arthasiddhi and his choir at the Cambridge Buddhist Centre we now have our own Buddhist Action Month song! How excellent, and fun too, perhaps we can get friends in our situations to learn this song too :) 

Thank you to Arthasiddhi, choir members, Dayasara who had the idea, and Yashodaka!


Here are the words - written by Yashodaka, so you can sing a long:  

Help the world, forget yourself,

be a Bodhisattva,

this month of June, the month of June.

Generous hearts around the world,

we can make a difference, if...

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