“It is not enough to be compassionate. You must act. There are two aspects to action. One is to overcome the distortions and afflictions of your own mind, that is, in terms of calming and eventually dispelling anger. This is action out of compassion. The other is more social, more public. When something needs to be done in the world to rectify the wrongs, if one is really concerned with benefiting others, one needs to be engaged, involved.” - The Dalai Lama
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.”
I have just recently come back from Buddhafield’s Green Earth Awakening and am flagging it up for the UK people amongst us, with a suggestion to put it in your diary for 2018!
I had SUCH a good time and thought it was such an excellent event - weaving Buddhafield magic, being outdoors in nature, coming together on the themes of nature, environment, social justice, Buddhist practice and what that all means for us, and a real sense of the...
Rosie reflects on the success of Green Earth Awakening - a new Buddhafield event first held in May 2013, bringing together Buddhists, social change activists, craftspeople, families, children and more, in a beautiful, safe field for days of spacious quality meetings with like-minded people… More details at http://www.buddhafield.com