Kaspalita Thompson from the Network of Buddhist Organisations UK writes:
Hi everyone - we are heading towards June, Buddhist Action Month!
The theme for 2020 is … For The Earth. The invitation is to put your group name, event name or own personal theme before the phrase ‘For The Earth’. In this way we have both a unifying element, and a way of reflecting our diversity as Buddhists and activists. Some examples:
Tidying our park for the Earth Bodhisattva practice...
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....
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.
In the latest NewsByte, Clear Vision looks back at Buddhafield’s Green Earth Awakening festival, held 20th-24th September this year, when Buddhists of several traditions came together with non-Buddhists and activists and campaigners for a few days’ camping in the Blackdown Hills in Devon, UK.
As Buddhafield say on their website, “The Green Earth Awakening is a convergence of engaged Buddhism, community living, land skills, and creative responses [leading] towards social resilience.”
Buddhist Action Month is only a month away! For 2017 the theme of this festival of Buddhist social action is ‘Connecting for Change’ - seeking to address the seemingly increasing polarisation, disharmony and divergence within many societies.
A strong set of short talks as befits the title to start us off on day two of the 2016 Triratna International Council.
Parami introduces Akuppa challenging us to examine our responses to the possible realities of climate change; Viveka, asking us with great feeling to be curious about the possibilities for diversity amid the realities of deep-seated conditioning around racial bias; and Yashosagar inviting us to embrace the Buddha’s vision of the Dhamma as an adequate response to...
This post could be entitled ‘How to do something positive for the world and have a really good day at the same time’: the Exeter & Devon Triratna sangha met with members of other local Buddhist groups - Western Chan fellowship, Gaia House group and Diamond Way - at Dawlish Warren, a little seaside resort south of Exeter, and followed Neil, our beachcare officer, along the beach, away from the shops selling flip flops and ice cream.