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Buddhist Action Month 2016
Buddhist Action Month 2016

magic, transformation and connection in Exeter

By mokshini on Thu, 9 Jun, 2016 - 12:08

magic, transformation and connection in Exeter

By mokshini on Thu, 9 Jun, 2016 - 12:08

As part of BAM 2016 in Exeter Sagaravajra came to Sangha Night to tell us the story of himself and his magical Forest Garden in East Devon. His story and photos are truly one of abundance, beauty, magic and sustainability! If you have not come across the concept of Forest Gardens before do visit Sagaravajra’s facebook page (or go and visit or even better you may be able to volunteer in his garden!). It was fascinating to...

Buddhist Action Month 2016
Buddhist Action Month 2016

BAM at the Melbourne Buddhist Centre - film evening

By Tejopala on Fri, 3 Jun, 2016 - 10:30

BAM at the Melbourne Buddhist Centre - film evening

By Tejopala on Fri, 3 Jun, 2016 - 10:30

The Melbourne Buddhist Centre will be participating in BAM this year for the first time.

On June 1 there will be a viewing of the film ‘This Changes Everything’ by Naomi Klein.

Throughout the month members of the Sangha will be making pledges of their own choice to do things to reduce their carbon emissions. These pledges will be put on the wall of the Centre on a beautiful poster designed by Dhiracharita....

Triratna News
Triratna News

Buddhists march for climate action

By Munisha on Mon, 30 Nov, 2015 - 16:53

Buddhists march for climate action

By Munisha on Mon, 30 Nov, 2015 - 16:53

As the COP21 climate change talks begin in Paris, Buddhists of many traditions have been taking part in climate change marches all over the world.

Meanwhile, the Global Buddhist Climate Change Collective’s statement to world leaders is being signed online by ever-increasing numbers of Buddhist leaders worldwide, including Sangharakshita and a number of other senior members of the Triratna Buddhist Order. The Network of Buddhist Organisations UK has also issued a statement, signed by the members of...

Earth Metta Sangha
Earth Metta Sangha

Eco-Sattva Training

By Christine on Tue, 1 Sep, 2015 - 18:11

Eco-Sattva Training

By Christine on Tue, 1 Sep, 2015 - 18:11

Join the EcoSattva training course, from Sept 13th:

“In the face of catastrophic climate change, we as a Buddhist/mindfulness community have the opportunity to creatively define for ourselves appropriate response: response that is wise, compassionate, transformative, resolute and equanimous. To realize this potential, the community needs leaders of all kinds at all levels. This is the path of the EcoSattva.

Building on a series of five online “Mindfulness and Climate Action” conversations in the fall of 2014, One Earth Sangha is offering...

Triratna News
Triratna News

UK elections produce a Triratna councillor for the Green Party

By Munisha on Tue, 7 Jul, 2015 - 11:57

UK elections produce a Triratna councillor for the Green Party

By Munisha on Tue, 7 Jul, 2015 - 11:57

The UK’s national and local elections in May this year produced two new Buddhist politicians, both Triratna mitras: a Conservative member of parliament at Westminster and Oscar Gillespie, a local councillor for the Green Party in Cambridge. (We hope to bring you a piece from the new MP later this year.) 

Oscar writes: “I have been an environmentalist and a vegetarian longer than I have been a Buddhist. I came to the Cambridge Buddhist Centre four years ago, and gained the conviction...

Triratna News
Triratna News

Triratna at western Buddhist teacher gathering in the USA

By Munisha on Fri, 26 Jun, 2015 - 15:59

Triratna at western Buddhist teacher gathering in the USA

By Munisha on Fri, 26 Jun, 2015 - 15:59

From 1st to 5th June, 11 members of the Triratna Buddhist Order attended the Dharma Teacher Gathering 2015 in Rhinebeck, New York State, USA, where racism, diversity, climate change and secular mindfulness were key themes. This article is compiled from reports by Vidyamala and Viradhamma.

Viveka, Amala, Sunada, Candradasa, Kamalashila, Vimalasara, Bodhipaksa, Parami, Viradhamma, Vidyamala and Singhashri were among 180 or so western Buddhist teachers from Europe, Canada and the USA from a wide range of traditions. These included a number...

Buddhist Action Month 2015
Buddhist Action Month 2015

16 points on Dharmic engagement with climate change, part 2

By Munisha on Wed, 27 May, 2015 - 00:38

16 points on Dharmic engagement with climate change, part 2

By Munisha on Wed, 27 May, 2015 - 00:38

Points 9-16 of the 16-point statement on climate change issued by the US Dharma Teachers’ Climate Collaborative in 2013.

“9. The interconnectedness of inner and outer, the individual and the collective (or institutional): Climate disruption provides an unprecedented opportunity to understand the roots of the problem—which relate to the ways our minds work and how those patterns become embedded in collective and collective/institutional practices and policies. This awareness can open the door to new ways of thinking and responding that will eventually...

Buddhist Action Month 2015
Buddhist Action Month 2015

16 points on Dharmic engagement with climate change, part 1

By Munisha on Tue, 26 May, 2015 - 16:25

16 points on Dharmic engagement with climate change, part 1

By Munisha on Tue, 26 May, 2015 - 16:25

In 2013, a group of American Buddhists known as the US Dharma Teachers’ Climate Collaborative issued a 16-point statement on climate change and ways in which Buddhists can engage with it. Here are points 1-8.

“1. Reverence for life: From this point forward climate disruption is the overriding context for all life on earth, including humans. What we humans do will determine what life survives and thrives and in what form and locations.

2. Happiness stems from helping others: Our greatest personal happiness comes when...

Buddhist Action Month 2015
Buddhist Action Month 2015

Our Voices call for action on climate change

By Munisha on Mon, 18 May, 2015 - 20:58

Our Voices call for action on climate change

By Munisha on Mon, 18 May, 2015 - 20:58

Our Voices is an international campaign to bring together the voices of the world’s great faiths (Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, Jewish and Hindu) in a call for action on climate change. They write asking for your help with a short survey:
 
“To do this we need to find the words and messages that speak best to the values, concerns and different spiritual traditions of all the world’s faiths. 

As such, we need your help.
 
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