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Mindfully Facing Climate Change

By aparajita on Mon, 6 Jan, 2020 - 18:33

Mindfully Facing Climate Change

By aparajita on Mon, 6 Jan, 2020 - 18:33


Dear friends, sisters and brothers in the Triratna world, 

I would like to draw your attention to a four week online course by Bhikkhu Analayo on “Mindfully Facing Climate Change”. 
The course starts today - sorry for thinking so late of the opportunity to post this information here, but I expect it is possible to join later. It consists of a video talk, a guided meditation and some text material every week, accompanied by a moderated forum for exchange. It...

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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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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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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...

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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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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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Buddhist Action Month 2019

By gunabhadri on Wed, 13 Feb, 2019 - 11:22

Buddhist Action Month 2019

By gunabhadri on Wed, 13 Feb, 2019 - 11:22

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
  • ...
Triratna News
Triratna News

The Three Jewels meet the Climate Emergency

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 11 Feb, 2019 - 16:05

The Three Jewels meet the Climate Emergency

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 11 Feb, 2019 - 16:05

In December the Bristol Buddhist Centre hosted a practice morning on the theme ‘The Three Jewels Meet the Climate Emergency’. The event offered a space for the Sangha to come together to explore thoughts and feelings around the climate emergency, how Dharma practice helps with facing the reality of the situation, and what ‘taking action’ might look like in this context. This was followed by an action outside Barclays bank in the afternoon with meditation, leafletting and singing ‘climate carols.’

Listen...

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Triratna News

Vishvapani on 'Thought for the Day'

By Sadayasihi on Wed, 5 Sep, 2018 - 12:00

Vishvapani on 'Thought for the Day'

By Sadayasihi on Wed, 5 Sep, 2018 - 12:00

Vishvapani is the regular Buddhist contributor to Thought for the Day: a comment on the news from a faith perspective on the main BBC radio news programme.

Here are his recent talks: 

10.1.18 The Skill of Ethics
Education focuses more and more on learning skills. The Buddhist idea of ethics as skilfulness makes a link between ordinary skills and he rely of ethics and spiritual life.
Listen here.

1.5.18 1968:...

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Eat Peas! Thinking About the Ethics of Veganism

By Sadayasihi on Fri, 8 Jun, 2018 - 14:16

Eat Peas! Thinking About the Ethics of Veganism

By Sadayasihi on Fri, 8 Jun, 2018 - 14:16

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...

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