By Free Buddhist Audio on Sat, 24 Jul, 2021 - 15:53
Should Buddhist sanghas and Buddhist Centres get involved in politics or remain politically neutral? When political debate can be so fractious and polarised, how can Buddhists make a helpful contribution?
In this ambitious and challenging series, Vajragupta asks us to reflect on our political views and conditioning, so as to come to a deeper appreciation of what a Buddhist perspective might be.
“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.
Here is a short video from Christine Thuring to inspire us to commit to some life- and world changing actions this June. Buddhist Action Month is an opportunity to reflect on our values, and to take the time to think about and adjust a habit that we know has an adverse affect on ourselves and on the planet. Typical BAM activities over the last few years have included litter picks, beach cleans, a month of going vegan, or mindful time...
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....
By Bodhidasa on Mon, 22 Dec, 2014 - 21:49The Active Compassion Team (ACT) held its first public spaces meditation session last Friday at the busy Newtown Train Station concourse.
Inspired by the actions of members of the Cambridge Buddhist Centre and a general sense of taking the Dharma into the world, the team intends to hold regular public meditations and invite those so interested to join in. There are further plans to expand the team’s activities into more diverse areas such as assisting with food banks...