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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

"Buddhist Climate Superheroes"

By Christine on Thu, 29 Oct, 2015 - 18:02

Fifteen of the world’s senior Buddhists have issued a landmark call to political leaders to adopt an effective climate change agreement at COP21.

- See more at: http://ourvoices.net/evoke/blog/buddhist-climate-superheroes/view#sthash…

Once again the world’s faiths are out in front, lighting the way on climate. Pope Francis’ Encyclical and the Lambeth Declaration during the summer kicked it off, and the Islamic Declaration on Climate Change made history in August.

Now the Buddhists are lifting their voices. 

The Dalai Lama, Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, His Holiness the 17th Karmapa are just some of the supporting the new Buddhist Climate Change Statement to World Leaders, signed by 15 of the world’s top Buddhists. This is momentous — it is the the first time so many respected Buddhist leaders have come together around a single global issue.

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Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

Parami's Perspectives No. 4 - Tejopala and Akasamati on Climate Change and Triratna

By parami on Fri, 23 Oct, 2015 - 01:12

Parami is back, reporting from  Australasia - or is it Oceania? - talking with two friends who have spent much of their adult lives reflecting on - and acting upon - climate change as an integral aspect of their Buddhist practice. A fascinating, sometimes sobering, but realistically positive conversation about what environmental issues have to do with the Dharma - and what we can do to get involved…

Topics covered include ‘transition towns’; Al Gore’s initiative; thinking about our kids; how to...

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...

Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

Sahajatara - Apparell'd In Celestial Light

By Candradasa on Sat, 29 Aug, 2015 - 07:34

There was a time when meadow, grove, and stream, 
The earth, and every common sight,
To me did seem
Apparell’d in celestial light,
The glory and the freshness of a dream.

Appropriately enough, a talk in a rainstorm! Sahajatara offers a beautiful discourse to close the Conscious Surrender to the Beautiful Arts event. She opens with this short extract from Wordsworth’s ‘Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood’ and a long reading from...

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...

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