My personal pledge for Buddhist Action Month this June is to take on the UK’s Maritime Conservation Society’s Plastic Challenge: the plan is to give up single-use plastics as much as I possibly can for a month! As you will know, plastics are among the most persistent synthetic materials in existence persist in the environment for hundreds to thousands of years! And they are now a major marine pollutant….
The first few days of this challenge were easy because...
It is the first of June and the beginning of Buddhist Action Month 2017!
For many of us BAM will have started weeks or even months ago, when we first began to plan and prepare for our actions. It is really heartening to know that all over the world, from Aryaloka in the United States to Melbourne, from Mexico to Istanbul, Dublin and mainland European Centres, and in many towns in the UK actions and events are taking place to transform...
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 (BAD!), this is a pan-Buddhist initiative from the UK’s Network of Buddhist Organisations. The theme this year is ‘Connecting for change’, which we’re connecting strongly with the Bodhisattva Ideal.
Cambridge Buddhist Centre’s chosen Buddhist Action Month theme this year is Connecting the world with love. We will be reaching out with metta to people in the world less fortunate than ourselves, with a spirit of celebrating diversity and common humanity across cultures.
Our focus will be on the current refugee crisis - with vast numbers of people displaced from their homes through warfare, famine, poverty and climate change, we need to find ways to respond in a positive and inclusive way.
Thank you to all who came to Buddha day on May 10th. We had a beautiful shrine, created by William, and I thoroughly enjoyed practicing with a group of fellow truth seekers. Prajnananda led us in a puja dedicated to the Buddha Shakyamuni - thank you!
Over the remaining weeks in May we will return to our theme of exploring our meditation practice.
Wednesday 17 May: ‘Opening the Heart’ - another look at the metta bhavana
Wednesday 24 May: ‘What is ‘Just Sitting’?’ - ways of...
Buddhist Action Month is only a month away! For 2017 the theme of this festival of Buddhist social action is ‘Connecting for Change’ - seeking to address the seemingly increasing polarisation, disharmony and divergence within many societies.
I admit I love the title of the event - “The Great Get Together” - who wouldn’t want to join in! - Especially as it is in honour of Jo Cox this year, who, as it says below, “believed that we have more in common than divides us” - well that sums us up too, I should think. Here is the info from the website:
Buddhist Action Month 2017 is three months away but here is something to literally prepare the ground for it: a tree planting and meditation retreat, organised by Satyadasa from the LBC with Trees for Life in the Highlands - it sounds great!
This is the event page on the LBC site where you’ll find more info:
it feels a bit like spring as I write this, and perhaps that is an auspicious time to turn our minds to Buddhist Action Month 2017.
I know that some Triratna Centres and their respective ‘engaged Buddhist’ groups have already got plans for June and what they want to see happening during Buddhist Action Month; but for others this might be a first reminder that it is not too soon to turn our minds to the early summer and start thinking what...
A Year of Service and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, 2012 As part of national celebrations marking the Diamond Jubilee, 2012 saw Buddhists taking part in the year-long national UK inter-faith project, ‘A Year of...