Buddhist Action Month: (BAM!) is an annual festival of Buddhist social action. It started in Britain in 2012 and has since spread out across Europe and beyond. Social action is one of the manifestations of METTA, the strong intention to create Loving Kindness for all, which is embodied in the desire to act for the benefit of the world. Practising this is at the heart of everything we do in the Triratna Buddhist Community.
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.
To meet the social and ecological challenges of our times requires deep inner resources, interpersonal skills and fresh political thinking. Engaged Buddhist Training equips us for this kind of radical inner and outer transformation.
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?
As Europe faces serious social, political and ecological challenges, the Ecodharma Centre are offering a strategic Buddhist response. Since 2008, the Ecodharma Centre in Catalunya, has been innovating courses and retreats that combine inner and outer transformation. They bring Buddhism into relationship with environmental and social activism. This year they’re their expanding that work through a new pan-European training centre. It’s called the Ulex Project.
“We’ve spent years developing a dharma-inspired approach to activist training, on courses...
Revisiting Sangharakshita’s classic talk from the 1970s, four members of the Triratna Buddhist Order offer bold, challenging, perspectives of what it could be to engage anew with his radical vision of a new kind of society. Through the twin lenses of diversity and climate change, we hear questioning voices and affirming notions of community-based and personal Dharma practice in a suffering world. The invitation to examine our own perspectives and biases is both essential and potentially liberating, opening up...
Day 2 of the 2016 Triratna International Council - a strong one, looking at the deep challenges for contemporary Buddhists who want to meet the needs of a suffering world head on.
Karmavajra from India, Parami from Scotland, and Viriyakirti from Mexico join Dassini and Candradasa to recap an absorbing, stimulating day. Climate change, diversity and racial bias, the Dharma as an effective antidote to suffering in India, and Buddhist recovery are amongst the topics of the day....
Following the earlier set of talks about different areas of challenge for contemporary Buddhists in the modern world - at times sobering as we heard evoked strongly the huge needs involved - we get to hear some tales of ordinary communities of practitioners who are doing something creative in response.