On 1, 8 and 15 June, Sangha night will focus on the theme for Buddhist Action Month, which this year is …for the Earth. We will explore what we want to do or say ‘for the Earth’, with short talks, discussion and ritual and with reference to the Brahmaviharas – specifically Metta (love), Karuna (compassion) and Mudita (joy). These weeks will be led by Karunagita with support from Katja and the Sangha night team.
Buddhist Action Month 2019 kicked off this week! Buddhist Action Month, or BAM, is an annual festival of Buddhist social action, an opportunity to explicitly bring Metta - or loving-kindness - off the cushion into the world around us. As in previous years, a number of Sanghas across Triratna are participating in this year’s BAM. Here’s a quick look at what some have in store.
In the month of June there will be an opportunity again to engage with Buddhist Action Month via this space. Running ahead and in preparation the following initiatives are worth noting:
UK Buddhist Climate Action Training day Taking place in Brixton, South London on 23rd February. It is run by Religions for Peace, GreenFaith, and the Faith for the Climate Network, with the support of the Network of Buddhist Organizations UK, who have taken climate action as the theme for Buddhist Action Month 2019. More details can
BAM 2018 witnessed a variety of initiatives to make the world a better place. Let’s rejoice in our individual and collective capacities to transform and to change the world. Sadhu!!!
What about Beyond BAM? Transformation of self and world cannot be limited to the month of June alone!
One tangible way we can maintain our ethical vigilance has been made possible by our friends at Ethical Consumer, who were so inspired by Buddhist Action Month that they have offered to extend the special BAM offer beyond June. Simply type...
“It is not enough to be compassionate. You must act. There are two aspects to action. One is to overcome the distortions and afflictions of your own mind, that is, in terms of calming and eventually dispelling anger. This is action out of compassion. The other is more social, more public. When something needs to be done in the world to rectify the wrongs, if one is really concerned with benefiting others, one needs to be engaged, involved.” - The Dalai Lama
Here’s some interesting reflections on the ethics of veganism by Dhivan:
“A recent article in the Guardian (that I read via a post about Buddhist Action Month) shares some new research about the environmental effects of meat and dairy farming compared to growing cereals and plants. The results are stark; “even the very lowest impact meat and dairy products still cause much more environmental harm than the least sustainable vegetable and cereal growing”. In short, growing peas has a...
It’s Buddhist Action Month, and you may well be reflecting on the choices you make and the impact they have on the world around you. It is clear that humanity is facing into an unprecedented situation of human caused global warming, and, without taking adequate and immediate action, runaway climate change is imminent- which would ultimately make most of our planet uninhabitable for humans. So far, so alarming. What is one to do in such a situation?
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 ...
On the BAM Space, Mokshini writes: “The theme for BAM 2018 is Transforming Self, Transforming World.
As always, the theme for BAM is inspired by contemporary issues, and this year’s emphasis invites us to stop and look at the big picture:
It is becoming evident that our society urgently needs a new story, a new myth to live by. As an example. George Monbiot puts it very well in this recent short interview where he outlines the need for a psycho-spiritual approach that is thoroughly meaningful and that...