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BUDDHIST ACTION MONTH

What is Buddhist Action Month?

Buddhist Action Month (BAM!) is an annual Buddhist event initiated by the Network of Buddhist Organisations (NBO) in 2012 to inspire and support social change and care for the environment.

The theme for 2020 is ... For The Earth. Find out more here: BAM 2020

For the month of June, BAM encourages Buddhists of all traditions to take their practice off the cushion and into the world, to exemplify compassion, ethics, meditation, and insight in the real world and in contact with others.

Here in Shrewsbury, we are also developing a programme of events for BAM! To set the tone, we're going to offer regular bi-weekly loving-kindness meditations on the particular theme of love and gratitude for our planet. These will be at 7.30 and 11.00 am on Monday and Thursday, starting on Monday 8th June. 

Please go to our Facebook page for further details and other events.

PLEASE NOTE: These meditations are on different Zoom account than the usual centre one. Please contact us for the code here.


ONLINE MEDITATION

Every Saturday, there is a session for newcomers and those who'd like more guidance, with a further meditation for more experienced practitioners on the Sunday, both at 11 am. If you are new to us and would like to join in, please mail us here to receive the Zoom link. If you haven't installed Zoom on your device, just follow the instructions and it will be installed for you. Then just click on the link or enter it into the address bar to join the meeting.


DONATIONS TO THE CENTRE

Various people have asked about ways in which they can support our centre financially. The centre continues to have overheads, even while closed, and we still have loans to service and pay back. If you would like to donate, you can do so by clicking on the link below.


Many thanks from all of us.




https://sites.google.com/site/shrewsburytritatna/home/who

https://sites.google.com/site/shrewsburytritatna/home/what-we-do

http://www.meditation-in-shrewsbury.co.uk/why

https://sites.google.com/site/shrewsburytritatna/when

https://sites.google.com/site/shrewsburytritatna/intro-courses-1

https://www.meditation-in-shrewsbury.co.uk/guided-meditations

http://www.meditation-in-shrewsbury.co.uk/contact

https://sites.google.com/site/shrewsburytritatna/sangharakshita


Gender Diversity in the Shrewsbury sangha

We're very aware that not everyone identifies with the binary genders of male and female, and we're looking at ways of being more inclusive to gender non-conforming folks (as well as more generally).

All newcomers courses and drop in classes are mixed (ie open to all genders), as are festival days, sangha nights for regulars and many other activities at the centre.  

We have some binary events that are publicised for ‘women’ or for ‘men’, partly to provide supportive and safe spaces for certain discussion topics, and also because many people have found these contexts valuable over the years. We are exploring the possibility of opening these up, and we are involving our sangha members in this conversation. We want our sangha to be well informed about gender diversity and to understand the discrimination and challenges that gender non-conforming people can face.

Triratna has a Gender Diversity Working Group, seeking to raise awareness and make 'safe spaces' for those of a more non-binary gender identity.  There's also a Facebook Group 'Triratna Gender Diverse Buddhists', which publishes updates and events, eg the Triratna Gender Diverse Gathering, an annual weekend retreat, at Adhisthana. The Working Group is also pondering the conundrum of how to be inclusive and welcoming for everyone who wants to deepen their Buddhist practice, while our Order has a women’s wing and a men’s wing. It’s not easy, but we are doing our best to act with kindness and awareness of a wide range of needs.

If you want to talk about any of this, please contact Prabhakari (pronouns she/her) who is one of our Mitra Convenors: dhprabhakari@gmail.com.