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For Nothing Is Fixed - Getting Real with Viveka and Paramananda, Episode 1

By Centre Team on Tue, 2 Jun, 2020 - 02:16

For Nothing Is Fixed

For nothing is fixed,
forever, forever, forever,
it is not fixed;
the earth is always shifting,
the light is always changing,
the sea does not cease to grind down rock.
Generations do not cease to be born,
and we are responsible to them
because we are the only witnesses they have.
The sea rises, the light fails,
lovers cling to each other,
and children cling to us.
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Community Highlights
The Community Toolkit for Uncertain Times

For the Earth - BAM! 2020 (The Dharma Toolkit, Episode 28)

By Centre Team on Fri, 29 May, 2020 - 12:59

This year’s Buddhist Action Month (BAM!) - happening around the world throughout June - is about to kick off. The theme is “For the Earth” - and here on the Dharma Toolkit we’ll be looking at the intersection between urgent human issues like climate change, economic inequality and social justice. 

The poetic version of this, rooted in personal and community practice, is that we have a perfect opportunity to speak up for the many beings...

Triratna News
Triratna News

Buddhist Action Month 2020: For the Earth 🌍

By Sadayasihi on Fri, 29 May, 2020 - 11:11

Buddhist Action Month (BAM) - an annual festival of social action overseen by the Network of Buddhist Organisations - has been taking place every June since 2012. This year is no exception, despite the changed circumstances, with sanghas going online to offer opportunities to engage with this year’s theme - “…for the Earth”, where the suggestion is to put this phrase in the title of any event that’s being organised for BAM 2020. 

Read more about the theme for this...

European Chairs' Assembly
European Chairs' Assembly

Video - Maitridevi on the ECA's new strategic priorities

By Sadayasihi on Tue, 14 Jan, 2020 - 12:35

Video - Maitridevi on the ECA's new strategic priorities

By Sadayasihi on Tue, 14 Jan, 2020 - 12:35

Maitridevi from Taraloka outlines some of the strategic priorities that the European Chairs Assembly have agreed upon during the 2020 Winter meeting - and speaks more fully on the priority close to her heart: Dharmic engagement with social and ecological issues.

Listen to a podcast about the ECA’s new strategic priorities

Buddhist Action
Buddhist Action

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....

Buddhist Action
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...

Triratna News
Triratna News

Triratna Sanghas and the Earth Strike

By Sadayasihi on Tue, 1 Oct, 2019 - 15:38

Triratna Sanghas and the Earth Strike

By Sadayasihi on Tue, 1 Oct, 2019 - 15:38

“I felt my interconnectedness with all beings and that somehow what we were doing was intensely worthwhile.“ - Lilamati, Sheffield Earth Strike Street Meditation

Members of Triratna sanghas across the globe came out in support of the ‘Earth Strike’ on Friday 20th September. In 2018, schoolchildren began walking out of school in protest at global inaction around climate change. This year, the youth climate activists called on adults to support them at an Earth Strike, on 20th September 2019. They did: millions from across the world demonstrated...

Free Buddhist Audio
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...

Free Buddhist Audio
Free Buddhist Audio

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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Free Buddhist Audio

FBA Podcast: Practice During Times of Chaos and Uncertainty

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 27 Jul, 2019 - 14:00

Partisan politics, hurricanes and earthquakes, mass shootings, nuclear threats … our world at times feels like a living nightmare. How do we as Buddhists respond, individually and as a sangha? And how do we keep our sanity?

“Practice During Times of Chaos and Uncertainty” given by Sunada on Sangha Day at Aryaloka Buddhist Center, Newmarket, NH, November 2017.

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