Active Compassion

The Active Compassion team is a diverse collective of people in our community interested in applying their Buddhist practice in the fields of social, environmental and planetary engagement. We see this as a natural flow-on from our practice of the Buddhism and in accord with the path of the Bodhisattva – one who is intent on practicing wisdom and compassion to alleviate the suffering of all sentient beings.

Climate Action: We launched the Buddhist Climate Action Kit in March 2017, and it can be found here: https://sydneybuddhistcentre.org.au/sites/default/files/files/actionkit.pdf

Most Successful ITBCI Fundraising Ever!

In our recent fundraising appeal we raised $10,220.00 for the ITBCI (Indi-Tibet Buddhist Cultural Institute) School in Kalimpong. This money will be used to sponsor needy students to attend the school, providing full board and tuition. How excellent to be able to give children the gift of education, not only in the full Indian school curriculum but also in Tibetan language and culture. It is now seven years since Nandavandi started this fundraising, following a visit he and Dharmagatu made to the school, and it is gratifying to see support growing year by year.

A statement on the violence in Myanmar

The Sydney Buddhist Centre is endorsing this public statement by the Venerable Urgyen Sangharakshita, founder of Triratna, concerning the appalling violence in Myanmar.

You can also find a link to the statement, as well as the short excerpt from a radio program given by Vishvapani, online here.

Yours in the dharma,
Aryadharma, Padmadakini, Ratnajyoti and Dharmalata

The management kula | Sydney Buddhist Centre

 

Statement on Buddhist-led violence against Muslims in Burma/Myanmar 2017 

As a Buddhist, I am utterly opposed to the encouragement of...

Pensive Bodhisattva Maitreya

A Card to the Manchester Buddhist Centre..

After the Manchester bombing, we sent a card, prompted by Viraja, from us all at the Centre expressing sadness and our care and empathy to Manchester Buddhist Centre. Arthavadin wrote back, and I’ve printed an excerpt from his letter below:

“I want to extend a big thank you from me and everyone else here in Manchester for 

the cards and kind words/thoughts you sent us following the terrorist bombing here. We were very touched that you were thinking of us on the other side of the world. 

The arena where the terrorist attack took place and the Victoria railway station...

Reflecting on BAM: Buddhist Action Month

By Gillian Reffell

At the Sydney Buddhist Centre June is BAM - Buddhist Action Month. It is a relatively recent addition to the Centre calendar and is set to become a firm tradition. The essence of BAM is to encourage individual Buddhists and Buddhist Centres to take any action they wish that benefits the environment, other people, our local communities or society. The theme for BAM in 2017 throughout the Triratna Buddhist Community was Connecting For Change. BAM seems especially relevant in a world that is dominated by individualism, materialism and consumer values. 

Firstly...

Aryadharma and Gillian Reffell on SBC Initiatives on Divestment and Climate Change

Aryadharma and Gillian Reffell were recently interviewed on ABCs Radio National Breakfast program about our recent launch of the Buddhist Climate Change Action Kit and our divesting away from banks which invest in fossil fuels.

Here is the link to the short interview: https://radio.abc.net.au/programitem/pgQVeM02NV?play=true

The kit, which is very practical and straightforward, is downloadable via the Federation of Australian Buddhist Council's website here: http://www.buddhistcouncil.org.au

We also received attention from the local newspaper, the Inner Western Courier...

Sponsoring a Child for Dhardo 2016

The ITBCI school (Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Cultural Institute), located in the Himalayan foothills in Kalimpong within clear sight of the magnificent Mount Kanchenjunga, is an institution lying close to the heart of our Triratna Community.

The school was founded in 1954 by Dhardo Rinpoche, revered teacher and friend of our teacher Sangharakshita. Since 2011 a group of sangha members at the SBC has been sponsoring students at this school.

We began sponsoring 6 infants and primary age children and depending upon numbers of sponsors and the fluctuations of the currency exchange...