Last week Kaspa & I had our quarterly temple meeting in our local park. We sat under a tree and talked about what’s really important to us in our Dharma work, and what we think this particular temple does best. We brainstormed huge lists of desirable qualities and the things we offer, and chose those we felt a heart connection with.
So here’s who we are:
We value honesty, tradition, community, integrity, a sense of humour and kindness.
We offer a warm welcome, refuge, learning and growth, devotional practice, inspiration, and the spirit of being accepted ‘just as you are’.
One of our reasons for doing this was to be clearer with ourselves about who we ARE, and who we AREN’T. There’s no point in attracting lots of people to the temple with self-help techniques or promises of a secular practice or philosophy, as that’s just not what we offer here. If devotional practice just isn’t your thing, that’s fine – it’s better that we release you to go and find somewhere that suits you better – we’re happy for you to unsubscribe 🙂
If these lists resonate with you, then hurray! If you’re local, come to a regular service or one of our events. Watch Kaspa’s recent brilliant Dharma talk ‘Eat Sleep Pray Repeat‘(he’s my husband and I’m biased, but it is a good one). Join my new mailing list for the Anjali Amida sangha, a group especially for those who’d like to join us at online events (Facebook, Skype etc), by replying to this email with ‘anjali’. Reply to this email and say hello, ask a question or let us know how you are.
We love what we do, and it makes us happy when people join us. We’ve received something very precious and we want to pass it on. Namo Amida Bu.
Sending blessings from here,
Satya (& Kaspa) <3
Our colleague Amitasuri says: “Buddhist Action Month is a time for taking your practice off the cushion and into the world. It’s a time for reflecting on the form our compassion takes, for celebrating what we are already doing and for asking ourselves to do more. The theme for 2019 is Climate Action – Personal Action.
As well as our efforts to reduce carbon emissions (draw down), it is important that we find ways to offset carbon emissions we’ve already made (by flying, driving, using fuel at home or at work etc).
Trees for Life have set us up a Grove in the Scottish Highlands, to which we can contribute, for Buddhist Action Month 2019.
It is £6 per tree, and it takes around 4 trees to offset 1 tonne of carbon.
Eg. if you have caused 2 tonnes of carbon emissions through fuel you’ve used at home, you would need to plant (at least 4 trees per tonne =) 8 trees.
8 trees at £6 = £48
Please bear in mind that planting trees is no substitute for cutting down our carbon emissions in the first place.
Tree planting is a valuable practice to remove carbon from the atmosphere that is already up there.
It’s also good for sucking out carbon that we just can’t avoid emitting for some reason.
Remember though, that the world needs to draw more down than we put up!
Here is the “Buddhists for Climate Action” Grove
And here is an easy calculator to work out how much carbon you have created, and how much you might might like to contribute to this BAM 💥 Action.