Hi BAM-ers, congratulations on a great month! From the over 100 posts here on this BAM space on TBCO, it’s clear Triratna has taken BAM to its heart, not just in the UK, the land of its origin, but in Ireland, Germany, France and America. Sadhu!
June was Buddhist Action Month (BAM) - and it’s over. A festival of pan-Buddhist social action started by the Network of Buddhist Organisations UK, it focuses largely on global warming and environmental sustainability; this year it’s gone increasingly international and in Triratna we had three themes, to inspire a wider range of activities: Sustainability; Awakening our Money Sense; and Caring for Others
2015 is BAM’s third year (having started in 2012 with a mere BAD – Buddhist Action Day!) It’s been the best year...
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...
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
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...
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...