Sangha night

Buddhist Action Month (BAM)

Lion roaring

'Lion’s roar – speaking up in a troubled world'

In Buddhism the Bodhisattva ideal exists, where Buddhists dedicate their lives to the alleviation of suffering of all, and tirelessly dedicate themselves to this task.

In this spirit Buddhist Action Month (BAM) was born. Buddhists commit to taking action in areas of concern, usually around the degradation of the environment or issues around poverty and other social concerns.

Most of us have intentions to act with care for the environment and a desire to help those less fortunate. However, many things seem to get in the way of translating this intention into action. For some, feelings of scarcity and lack shrink their perception of the resources they have available to offer. Others are overwhelmed by a sense of hopelessness or dissuaded by feelings of hypocrisy from giving their resources to a cause.

This year’s theme is “Lion’s roar – speaking up in a troubled world.” We will look at speech as a vehicle for transforming our relationships with each other and the physical world we inhabit.

Over the month of June, we will cover the following themes:

  • using the principles of non-violent communication to speak from a place of truth and respect for the needs of self and other
  • activism and the environment – speaking up about environmental concerns
  • inclusivity and diversity – speaking to the need for everyone to have a place and that place be shared and respect by others

16 June – The Yellow Poppy and the Ugly Duckling - with Akasasri

Akasasri is a Chinese New Zealander who has a personal interest in inclusion and diversity and was involved in a process for the ABC in which this theme was explored. She will draw from some experiences in her own life, what she has learnt, and as it relates to Dharma practice. How might we support the yellow poppy to survive and thrive? Perhaps there’s some yellow poppy in each of us?

Wednesday nights are a place for people who have attended our foundation courses to come together and celebrate community as well as an opportunity to deepen their knowledge of the Buddha's teaching.

When

16 June 2021  7:00pm-9:15pm

Cost

By koha / donation

Location

Image of The Auckland Buddhist Centre
The Auckland Buddhist Centre

381 Richmond Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland

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Akasasri

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Sangha night team

A team of Triratna Order members and Mitras