Isn’t the world a complicated place? It’s not always easy to know what to do about it. As we continue our series looking at imagination as a key aspect of practice, let’s get together this Sunday morning and spend some time in each other’s good company exploring compassion as a profound act of creativity. We’ll practice the karuna bhavana and look at how positive empathy can change both our own experience and the world around us.
This week we’ll be looking at bridging the gap between imagination and action. In a difficult week around the world with extreme violence near at hand, we’ll be engaging with Metta (loving kindness) as a radical way to connect with others, and calling forth a sense of urgency to explore together how we might help bring forth a more peaceful world. Come and help us build our meditative community, and take a stand for deep kindness and compassion in the...
Over on Triratna News, you can find details of an international conference in celebration of Dr Ambedkar’s conversion 60 years ago, to be held at Triratna’s Nagaloka Buddhist Centre in India, 11th-14th October 2016.
The conference is being organised in partnership with the International Network of Engaged Buddhists and sees Order members including Subhuti speaking alongside Buddhist women and men of many traditions.
October this year sees the 60th anniversary of the first mass conversion to Buddhism of people then known as ‘Untouchables’, in Nagpur, India, which took place on 14th October 1956, led by Dr BR Ambedkar.
Thanks to its “amazing” Buddhist volunteer fundraisers, in 2015 Triratna’s Karuna Trust had the best fundraising year in its 35-year history.
Karuna’s head of fundraising, Steven Murdoch, writes: “In a year when the UK charity sector was widely criticised for some dubious fundraising practices, Karuna had its most successful fundraising season ever. This means we are on course to send over £1M to our project partners working with persecuted dalit and tribal communities in India and Nepal.”
Hello! Sarah here writing on behalf of the Glasgow 2015 Women’s Karuna Appeal.
For BAM 2015 I have joined a team of 4 courageous women, led by the wonderful Sangamani, who are knocking on doors in Glasgow to raise funds for the Karuna Trust. For me, door knocking to support people in India who desperately need our help encapsulates Buddhist Action, especially the themes of caring for others and money awareness.
In terms of caring for others, the work which will bring funds to...
By jvalamalini on Tue, 17 Mar, 2015 - 14:57After days of gloom outside it’s wonderful to have spring sunshine today as we move into contemplating karuna - which Sangharakshita has described as like metta with a shadow over it.
Ratnavandana says: It is good to reflect on our attitudes to suffering, whether it’s physical or emotional. I know for a long time I had this a sense that somehow suffering was wrong, that I shouldn’t be suffering, so there was a feeling of failure there which was...
By Munisha on Mon, 9 Feb, 2015 - 16:36Keval Shah is a 28 year-old Gujarati living in a Triratna community in London and working at the Karuna Trust.
For the UN official World Interfaith Harmony Week last week, he features on the WIHWblog. It’s a lovely account of Keval’s inspiration for his work and its roots in Buddhism, casteism and the work of Dr Ambedkar.
By Andrea@Karuna on Fri, 6 Feb, 2015 - 11:09Are you looking for a deeper connection with yourself and the world…an opportunity to practise generosity and live in a Buddhist community? Then look no further. A Karuna Appeal will offer all this and much more!
We have 2 spaces left for women on our Spring Appeal in London to be led by Sanghamani
We’re inviting applications from men and women for our 2015 appeals and phone campaigns.
Why do an appeal? Caste discrimination affects the lives...
By Munisha on Wed, 2 Jul, 2014 - 00:02Amalavajra writes from the India Dhamma Trust, which raises money for the ordination training of Indian Buddhists:
“Amrutdeep, a senior Indian Order member and Public Preceptor, recently completed a successful tour of six Triratna Centres in the Netherlands, France, Belgium and Germany. Coinciding with Buddhist Action Month, his visit fitted the Month’s overarching social action theme very well.
Visiting the sanghas at Metta Vihara, Arnhem, Amsterdam, Paris, Ghent and Essen, he told the story of Dr...