“The greatest thing the Buddha has done is to tell the world that the world cannot be reformed except by the reformation of the mind of man and the mind of the world.” - Dr Ambedkar
Around the seventh century BCE Buddhism began to go into decline in India, the land of its birth. It was only in the late nineteenth century that it began to be revived: firstly, through the work of institutions such as the Maha Bodhi Society, which was...
“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
Using this board, we collected ideas about the world we wish to inhabit. These pieces of paper are stylised feathers, and during the month as they collected they turned into a fantastic feather cloak (kakahu) that embodies a world more in line with our values. What we wrote follows.
The world we envision for the future is one where the arts are paramount, myth and legend carry our inspiration above the material world; appreciation and gratitude are valued over ownership and rights
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.
One of our talks for BAM in Bristol. From communist to Buddhist…. Vimalavajri talks of her personal involvement in the spheres of politics, feminism and Buddhism. Using Indra’s net as a classic Buddhist image of interconnectedness, the talk explores what the dharma might have to say about social or political action, and asks what helps when we feel overwhelmed or stuck in ill-will. If we really see Indra’s net, we will connect more deeply with life at all levels and...
Do something radical this BAM and come and join our next 6 week’s women’s Karuna appeal which begins on June 10th in London.
By becoming a Karuna fundraiser you can directly changes the lives of thousands of dalit and tribal people who face discrimination, inequality and oppression in India and Nepal.
Karuna is one of Triratna’s flagship team based right livelihoods and has been initiating social work and Dharma projects amongst some of the Worlds poorest and most disadvantaged communities since 1980. Most of £1.5...
“One thing we’ll do is for BAM this year is ‘Street meditation in Shrewsbury: ‘Love not Fear’ on 17th June 12-2 and possibly more later in the day - yet to unfold!
We’ll be meditating in public, making a visible statement about having a different response to world events. It’s on the day of the Shrewsbury Carnival - it’ll be a bit bonkers, but fun! Come and be stared at!”
2016 was a year of political upheaval in the UK, the USA and beyond. Are things as bad as we think? Should Buddhists get tangled up in it? Vishvapani investigates
Politics matters. I inherited this belief from my father who discovered it one November evening in 1938 when he made his way home from school in Berlin and saw the synagogue at the end of his street in flames while Nazi Brownshirts cheered and firemen stood and watched....