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Buddhist Action Month 2015
Buddhist Action Month 2015

Awakening money: sources of inspiration 2

By Munisha on Wed, 24 Jun, 2015 - 23:23

Awakening money: sources of inspiration 2

By Munisha on Wed, 24 Jun, 2015 - 23:23

Amalavajra finishes his series of posts with some books to get you thinking even further about your relationship with money.

Small is Beautiful: Study of Economics as If People Mattered, by E F Schumacher. 
The classic text on progressive economics from a former colleague of J.M. Keynes, including a chapter called ‘Buddhist Economics’.

The Buddha on Wall Street: What’s Wrong with Capitalism and What We Can Do about It, by Triratna Order member Vaddhaka
After his Enlightenment the Buddha...

Buddhist Action Month 2015
Buddhist Action Month 2015

Awakening money: sources of inspiration 1

By Munisha on Tue, 23 Jun, 2015 - 23:11

Awakening money: sources of inspiration 1

By Munisha on Tue, 23 Jun, 2015 - 23:11

Amalavajra, Triratna’s European fundraiser lists some sources of inspiration for refreshing your relationship with money. First, some talks:

Vaddhaka’s barnstorming talk on Going Beyond Capitalism - A Buddhist Perspective (61 minutes). On video or audio.

Sangharakshita on Buddhist Economics (Audio, 76 minutes) 
This lecture lays down the principles underlying the creation and use of wealth, and explores the principles of generosity and right livelihood as signified by the Goddess Sri’s promise to give everything...

Buddhist Action Month 2015
Buddhist Action Month 2015

Awakening money by giving more

By Munisha on Mon, 22 Jun, 2015 - 23:58

Awakening money by giving more

By Munisha on Mon, 22 Jun, 2015 - 23:58

More ideas from Amalavajra, Triratna’s European fundraiser, for reviewing your relationship with money.

“The second Buddhist precept is ‘With open-handed generosity I purify my body.’

  • Recognise the abundance you enjoy by writing down at the end of each day five things you have been given. (Even a bus ride counts!)
  • ‘Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.’ (Howard Thurman) Take seriously that dreamwork (for
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Buddhist Action Month 2015
Buddhist Action Month 2015

Eco Dharma talks free on SoundCloud

By Munisha on Mon, 22 Jun, 2015 - 12:18

Eco Dharma talks free on SoundCloud

By Munisha on Mon, 22 Jun, 2015 - 12:18

Triratna’s Eco Dharma Centre in Spain focuses on Dharma work on ecology, activism and related matters. You can hear a wealth of Eco Dharma teaching here on SoundCloud.

Buddhist Action Month 2015
Buddhist Action Month 2015

Spend less; live more simply

By Munisha on Sun, 21 Jun, 2015 - 23:47

Spend less; live more simply

By Munisha on Sun, 21 Jun, 2015 - 23:47

Amalavajra, Triratna’s European fundraiser writes with further ideas for looking at your relationship to money.

“The third Buddhist precept is ‘with stillness, simplicity and contentment I purify my body.’ So:

  • Meditate every day for the rest of June to gain the stillness and clarity to know what matters to you. Committing to a regular slot, eg 20 minutes first thing each morning, helps to actually do this. Try this led meditation.
  • Sit comfortably and do nothing more than watch the birds or clouds, or drink a
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Buddhist Action Month 2015
Buddhist Action Month 2015

More about awakening your money

By Munisha on Sun, 21 Jun, 2015 - 16:36

More about awakening your money

By Munisha on Sun, 21 Jun, 2015 - 16:36

We haven’t said very much so far about Triratna’s second theme for Buddhist Action Month: Awakening your money sense.  Amalavajra, Triratna’s European fundraiser writes with some ideas for getting real about your money, including a short questionnaire.

“Why not use Buddhist Action Month to finally get real about money - both objectively (how much you really have and need), and subjectively (your underlying attitudes and beliefs about money)?

You may find, as many people do, that your relationship to money mirrors your...

Buddhist Action Month 2015
Buddhist Action Month 2015

The truth about copper, bronze and brass

By TommyC on Sat, 20 Jun, 2015 - 23:34

Thinking about commissioning a bronze rupa? If so, you might want to consider the social and environmental impact of bronze against alternative materials. The attached factsheet was compiled by a former NGO activist on environmental and human rights issues, and member of the Croydon sangha, Karen Luyckx.

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Buddhist Action Month 2015
Buddhist Action Month 2015

Earth metta quiz

By TommyC on Sat, 20 Jun, 2015 - 23:19

We are all familiar with the notion of climate change. But how much do you really know about our collective impact on the planet and your personal carbon footprint? Pit your wit against the Earth Metta Quiz compiled by members of the Croydon sangha. Answers to be revealed at the end of the month. In Croydon we’re making this into a quiz with opportunities to win eco-products for winning entries.

Buddhist Action Month 2015
Buddhist Action Month 2015

Carers Project in Birmingham

By Lucinda on Wed, 17 Jun, 2015 - 23:24

Carers Project in Birmingham

By Lucinda on Wed, 17 Jun, 2015 - 23:24

For the month of June, the public classes at the Birmingham Buddhist Centre have been focusing on the themes from BAM. Last night 16th June, Maitrisara presented a slide show on the Centre’s Carers Project, now in its 11th year. Through this project, unpaid carers of family members learn methods to take care better care of their physical and emotional health. Over the life of the project so far, day workshops and overnight breaks have been available to 600...

Buddhist Action Month 2015
Buddhist Action Month 2015

Less is more

By Lucinda on Wed, 17 Jun, 2015 - 23:02

Less is more

By Lucinda on Wed, 17 Jun, 2015 - 23:02

Less is more

Birmingham Buddhist Centre has found an alternative to metal staples for paperwork. A “stapleless stapler” We found this gadget which folds the paper round on itself to secure one piece of paper to another. Amazing. 
 

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