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Buddhist Action Month (BAM!)

During June, the Sangha spent several weeks exploring the theme ‘Transforming self, transforming world’. Below is a brief (not exhaustive) summary of some of the themes that emerged:

What kind of world do we want?

 A world with Justice, Peace and Interconnection

without war

with effective measures to establish and maintain peace

with effective government at a global level

where all species are preserved and cared for

a just world, where human and animal rights are affirmed

where all faiths and cultures are celebrated and understood

A Sustainable world …..

where there is sustainable growth both economically and in terms of population

that is habitable

that is ecologically sustainable

with more comprehensive recycling

where things are made to last

A world with Values

with more spirituality

that is loving and kind

that is tolerant and respectful

without oppression

without exploitation

How we are bringing this world into being in our own lives

Justice/Peace/Interconnection

Buying Fair Trade Goods

Using “Ethical Superstore”

Talking to people of different cultures on the streets of Manchester

School visits and Interfaith forum for local community cohesion

 

Sustainability

Buying fresh fruit and vegetables sold loose using own recycled paper bags

E-mailing “Tepe” to suggest tooth cleaners are made of materials that can be recycled

Investigating the installation of more water butts

Sharing/Caring/Health

Supporting “Emmaus” (charity addressing homelessness)with goods and donation

Supporting the “Heart Foundation”

Exploring ways to give/buy efffectively

Supporting “Practical Action”, a charity effective in poor countries e.g. with low tech clean water plant

Sponsorship of sponsored walk in aid of Rohinga refugees NB there is an action group “Buddhists for Rohinga”

Values

Supporting Phoenix Prison Trust, which provides yoga and meditation for prisoners and prison staff

 Other Ideas

Increase awareness of the importance of recycling

Reducing energy demand in the home e.g. via insulation – “Go Green” is a green deal

Carton re-use e.g. as scoops

Other groups helping poor people – Meme, CVS(Voice Community)

Litter picking kit from Council

 

 

Newcomer’s Course: April-May 2018, BOOKING ESSENTIAL

For those (aged 18 or over) new to meditation and Buddhism along with those who wish to learn the approach of the Triratna Buddhist Community. No previous experience is necessary.

An 8-week course on Wednesdays, starting on Wednesday 11th April through to 30th May. 7pm until 9.30pm.

During the course you will learn meditations which focus on the body, the breath and loving-kindness. After a refreshment break, there will be an exploration of a key Buddhist teaching each week- through formal input and discussion.

Following completion of this course, participants will be able to attend our ongoing activities.

If you would like further information, please email the centre: blackburnbuddhistcentre@gmail.com

To book a place, please send a deposit of £10 payable to Blackburn Triratna Buddhist Centre, to 16 Strawberry Bank, Blackburn, BB2 6AA. We will confirm your place by email or phone once we have received your deposit. Please ensure you send your full contact details with the deposit.

Following this initial booking fee, payment will be on a donation basis.

October Creativity Weekend

The Blackburn Sangha held a weekend of creativity on 14th & 15th October…..sharing art, crafts, poetry, song &  music, all supported by somatic/bodywork. Thank you to everyone who contributed to a great weekend. Here are a few photos….

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Newcomer’s Course October-December 2017 -FULLY BOOKED

Buddha face meditatingIntroduction to Meditation and Buddhism:

For those (aged 18 or over) new to meditation and Buddhism along with those who wish to learn the approach of the Triratna Buddhist Community.

An 8-week course on Tuesdays from 24th October until 12th December, 7pm to 9.30pm. Please note that BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL

During the course you will learn meditations which focus on the body, the breath, developing kindness & positive emotion. After a refreshment break there will be an exploration of a key Buddhist teaching each week, through formal input & group discussion.

Following the completion of this introductory course, participants will be able to attend our ongoing activities.

If you would like further information, please feel free to contact the Buddhist centre by phone: (01254 583066), leave a message, or email info@blackburnbuddhistcentre.org.uk

To book a place, please send a deposit of £10 payable to Blackburn Triratna Buddhist Centre, 16 Strawberry Bank, Blackburn, BB2 6AA. We will confirm your place by email or phone once we have received your deposit. Please ensure you send your full contact details with the deposit.

Following this initial booking fee, payment will be on a donation basis for the rest of the course.

Sangha Retreat May 2017

Some photos from our Sangha Retreat! A lovely weekend led by Ratnagita & Mokshadipa on “Happiness”

Buddhist Action Month

 

 

 

 

Buddhist Action Month (BAM)
Once again Blackburn Triratna Buddhist Centre will be joining in with this international event in June. On Thursday 18th May, after meditation, we will devote the rest of the session to discussing what we would like to engage with both individually and collectively. There are some inspiring initiatives. You can access information about BAM at thebuddhistcentre.com

Wesak Celebration!

On Thursday 11th May, Kamalavajri led an evening celebrating the Buddha’s Enlightenment. Here are a couple of photos.

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