BAM is the UK’s Buddhist Action Month – a festival of Buddhist social action held across Britain every June. Conceived by the Network of Buddhist Organisations UK (NBO) (www.nbo.org.uk), it keeps expanding.
BAM invites us to make more conscious the connections between our ethical commitment as Buddhists and the needs of other beings – human and otherwise, our society and our environment; and it offers us the opportunity to explicitly explore and discuss the ethical issues facing Buddhists in the 21st century. Read a short history of Buddhist Action Month in the UK.
At the Hornchurch Buddhist group we will be engaging with BAM 2018 by holding a Skills and Service Auction during our meeting on Monday May 21st with the aim of raising money for the India Dhamma Trust. The idea of the Skills and Service Auction is that as many people as possible within the group offer a skill or service for a couple of hours which is auctioned on May 21st to raise money.
The possibilities as to what could be offered are numerous and limited only by our imagination, they might include: guitar lessons. gardening, cooking a meal, drawing or painting a picture or offering completed works, photography, dog walking, goat grooming, well-being treatments, instruction of some sort – maybe physical or IT, ironing, planning and leading an interesting walk, leading a nature safari, decorating or DIY etc.
Dhammavijaya skillfully introduced the work of the India Dhamma Trust on Monday April 23rd but essentially…
“Thousands of people are freeing themselves from adversity, poverty and caste oppression through practising Buddhism which offers a radical vision for a new life – with purpose, dignity and confidence – and encourages compassion for those suffering from disadvantage and prejudice. You can help to give people in India the Buddhist ‘tools’ they need to meaningfully improve their lives.”
In India, where millions of people are condemned to the hell of un-touchability by the Hindu caste system, living lives of abject poverty and painful discrimination, conversion to Buddhism represents a real liberation, a chance to flourish as a human being. You can find out much more about the India Dhamma Trust at their web site. (https://indiadhammatrust.org/)
So please do start thinking about what Skill or Service you might be able to offer, we’ll be mentioning this on all of the intervening Monday’s and offering the opportunity for discussion. If you wish to ask a question or pledge a skill or service then please email email@example.com
Let’s grasp this opportunity to Connect for Change with each other and with fellow Buddhists in India who do not share freedoms and benefits that we are so fortunate to experience.
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