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Taraloka declares an ecological emergency

By Maitridevi on Tue, 29 Oct, 2019 - 13:14

Taraloka declares an ecological emergency

By Maitridevi on Tue, 29 Oct, 2019 - 13:14

In October 2018 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report stated that without dramatic action we will not be able to limit global warming to a 1.5C increase. They state “Limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require rapid and far-reaching changes… at an unprecedented scale.”

In 2019 the UN Biodiversity report estimated that around one million species “already face extinction, many within decades, more than ever before in human history.”

It is clear from these reports that planet Earth is at present under severe ecological threat....

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Buddhist Action

The sangha presence at the Earth Strike

By Maitrisiddhi on Wed, 2 Oct, 2019 - 16:20

The sangha presence at the Earth Strike

By Maitrisiddhi on Wed, 2 Oct, 2019 - 16:20

On the 20th September there was a global ‘earth strike’ to demonstrate about human-caused global warming. The climate strikes certainly made world headlines, and Greta Thunberg’s speech to the UN keeps up the pressure for ecological action on governments, business and individuals - including us! It’s hard to say what the effect of our sangha presence is - but getting out there on the streets where a lot of radical energy is; meditating and being seen; modelling love and...

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Free Buddhist Audio

Dharmabyte: A Collective Inner Sleep

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 1 Aug, 2019 - 14:00

We have a collective inner sleep going on when it comes to climate change. In Buddhist terms we call this ‘avidya’, ignorance, which literally means ‘not seeing’ which brings out the active process of ignoring certain aspects of reality, especially those things we believe to be a threat.

This short talk by Dayajoti serves as an introduction to a guided ‘climate’ meditation which can be listened to here: Consensus Trance – Climate. Given at Bristol Buddhist...

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Dharmabyte: Climate Crisis Calls for Rapid Transformation

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 29 Jul, 2019 - 14:00

Tejopala likens the current global climate crisis to a village with a fire that threatens everyone in it and asks what a community of monks living in such a village might do in such circumstances. He also draws on the advice given by Urgyen Sangharakshita in his talk given in 1984 called ‘Buddhism, World Peace and Nuclear War’ as to how Buddhists should act to address an overwhelming existential threat, in which Bhante urges civil resistance. 
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Clear Vision Trust

Interreligious Climate Pilgrimage

By Amaradaya@Clear... on Thu, 27 Jun, 2019 - 11:30

Interreligious Climate Pilgrimage

By Amaradaya@Clear... on Thu, 27 Jun, 2019 - 11:30

The Oslo Buddhist Centre teams up with the Church of Norway to organize an Interreligious Pilgrimage, encouraging dialogue between different faiths and to explore their engagement and responses to the climate change crisis

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UK Prime minister thanks faith leaders for 'net zero' letters

By Munisha on Wed, 12 Jun, 2019 - 13:48

UK Prime minister thanks faith leaders for 'net zero' letters

By Munisha on Wed, 12 Jun, 2019 - 13:48

Today the UK Prime Minister Theresa May announced her government will enact law to set a net zero target for carbon emissions

Today she writes on Twitter that “Many businesses, faith leaders and climate change campaigners have written to me in support of a #NetZero emissions target. Here’s my response confirming that the UK will be the first major economy in the world to legislate for it.”

Recently a number of religious leaders had signed an interfaith petition calling for this, including me, signing...

Buddhist Action
Buddhist Action

John’s Tips for Greenspace Climate Action

By gunabhadri on Tue, 14 May, 2019 - 18:51

John Marder, One of the committee members of the Network of Buddhist Organisations UK produced a document on Greenspace Climate Action for Buddhist Action Month 2019. The introduction reads:

“In February this year, Buddhists from a number of different groups and traditions, gathered to discuss right actions that could be taken in response to the climate problem. Greenspace projects featured strongly amongst the ideas that were shared, prompting NBO to develop this guidance.  Its intention is to provide basic...

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Direct Action Meditations and the Dharma

By Maitrisiddhi on Thu, 9 May, 2019 - 12:49

Direct Action Meditations and the Dharma

By Maitrisiddhi on Thu, 9 May, 2019 - 12:49

I’m passionate about the Dharma, including the wisdom perspective. I’m passionate about spreading the Dharma. As well as spending the last ten years of my life in service to Taraloka, I’ve also started up West Wales Buddhist Group, in Aberystwyth, where we’re growing a lively sangha. I’m passionate about Maitreya, my yidam - Bodhisattva of Metta and Buddha of the Future - who meditates at the city gates, in the middle of the world, not in a quiet cave somewhere....

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Buddhist Action

Invitation to Faith Events prior to Mass Lobby of UK Parliament in June

By gunabhadri on Tue, 30 Apr, 2019 - 19:57

Invitation to Faith Events prior to Mass Lobby of UK Parliament in June

By gunabhadri on Tue, 30 Apr, 2019 - 19:57

Vishvapani writes:

“On 26th June the Climate Coalition is organising a mass lobby of parliament, which is preceded by Faith events. I have been asked to speak representing Buddhism and I am passing this on in the hope that many people in Triratna will join me for the events, speeches, march and lobby. 

The information is as follows:

We are hoping to hold workshops at St Martin in the Fields Church from 9.30-11.30am, including one led by Jamie Cresswell from the Network of Buddhist Organisations on...

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