Buddhist Action Month (BAM) 2017

21st Ethics for 21st Century Bodhisattvas

Buddhism generally has a very positive image in the west as a peaceful, meditative lifestyle. However, most people (including many Buddhists) are completely unaware of the range of work and volunteering done by western Buddhists for the benefit of others.

As happened the last two years, June 2017 is Buddhist Action Month (BAM) in Europe – a festival of Buddhist social action of many kinds.

Buddhists of many traditions will be engaging together in socially beneficial activities, rooted in Buddhist values. Many Triratna Sanghas engaged enthusiastically with BAM last year, and are gearing up for another inspiring month this year.

Together with all the other Buddhist groups and Sanghas involved, those of us involved in BAM are inspired by BAM’s potential to make connections between our ethical commitment as Buddhists and the needs of our society and our environment.

We also want to help raise the profile of Buddhist altruistic activity in Irish and European society. It’s a chance to show that Buddhism is about far more than just meditation!

For 2017's the theme is Connecting for Change and it provides an opportunity to reach out and engage with friends and communities in ways that we may not be able to do for the most part during the year.

BAM is an opportunity for all of us to act on our deepening understanding that we live in a complex, interconnected world, in which all our thoughts, feelings and actions have consequences, for us and for other living things and for the planet.

Working with metta, we can learn to see through our imagined limits in order to address the sheer heat of the world's suffering (and our own), meeting it more effectively.

And there's a lot in the world today that urgently needs a metta-ful response: an attentive, skilful, generous response, based in the Buddha's particular understanding of suffering, its causes, and how to end it.

We'd also really encourage you to follow BAM in the wider Triratna Buddhist Community in the dedicated group on thebuddhistcentre.com

 
 

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Buddhist Action Month (BAM) 2017

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Buddhism generally has a very positive image in the west as a peaceful, meditative lifestyle. However, most people (including many Buddhists) are completely unaware of the range of work and volunteering done by western Buddhists for the benefit of others.

As happened the last two years, June 2017 is Buddhist Action Month (BAM) in Europe – a festival of Buddhist social action of many kinds.

Buddhists of many traditions will be engaging together in socially beneficial activities, rooted in Buddhist values. Many Triratna Sanghas engaged enthusiastically with BAM last year, and are gearing up for another inspiring month this year.

Together with all the other Buddhist groups and Sanghas involved, those of us involved in BAM are inspired by BAM’s potential to make connections between our ethical commitment as Buddhists and the needs of our society and our environment.

We also want to help raise the profile of Buddhist altruistic activity in Irish and European society. It’s a chance to show that Buddhism is about far more than just meditation!

For 2017's the theme is Connecting for Change and it provides an opportunity to reach out and engage with friends and communities in ways that we may not be able to do for the most part during the year.

BAM is an opportunity for all of us to act on our deepening understanding that we live in a complex, interconnected world, in which all our thoughts, feelings and actions have consequences, for us and for other living things and for the planet.

Working with metta, we can learn to see through our imagined limits in order to address the sheer heat of the world's suffering (and our own), meeting it more effectively.

And there's a lot in the world today that urgently needs a metta-ful response: an attentive, skilful, generous response, based in the Buddha's particular understanding of suffering, its causes, and how to end it.

We'd also really encourage you to follow BAM in the wider Triratna Buddhist Community in the dedicated group on thebuddhistcentre.com

See all BAM Events