India is experiencing a catastrophic surge of the Covid pandemic, and millions of people have been infected. Hundreds of thousands are dying. The disaster is having a terrible impact on the Triratna Community, and every day we get news of Order Members, Mitras and Friends who have died. Triratna volunteers are helping in their communities, and the Nagaloka training center in Nagpur has been closed and converted to a temporary hospital for people from the Buddhist community.
A Statement of Solidarity and Compassion
We are heartbroken by the stream of reports about acts of terror and harassment directed towards Asian, Asian American, Asian Canadian, and Pacific Islander communities. We stand against all forms of hatred towards people of Asian descent, and towards all People of Color, including Black and Indigenous peoples.
The San Francisco Buddhist Center's Green Sangha and friends joined with hundreds of actions across the world to demonstrate that people of faith want bold solutions on climate change. The attendees called for climate justice, an end to fossil fuels and deforestation, and a renewable future for all. The peaceful event took place outside of a Chase Bank branch in San Francisco's Mission District, and called for JP Morgan Chase to defund the Line 3 tar sands pipeline and to stop financing fossil fuel projects.
Here's a summary of news and events coming up at the SFBC in the next few weeks. Mostly in order of date. Updated April 14, 2021
All events are on zoom, unless otherwise indicated.
Monthly virtual events from January through August with talks on moving beyond racial integration toward decolonized, indigenized and anti-racist practices and communities. These fill quickly so register early!
To learn more and register visit: https://buddhismandrace.com/about
The questions guiding their work include:
The pandemic and its impact on our lives and well-being and, most recently, racial justice have dominated our headlines and seized our attention. In the midst of these challenges, an issue that remains as critical, and increasingly so, is climate change. As Bikkhu Anālayo said, “It’s really happening.” Before the pandemic struck, we had planned to focus on the climate crisis and what our responsibilities as Buddhists are. We offer reflections in this issue on this question from Anālayo, Vessantara, Gunopeta and Aryadrishti.
On Saturday November 21,2020 in Mclaren Park, San Francisco, Prasadachitta and Shunyamala conducted Mitra Ceremonies for 6 new Mitras - Ciara, Jayson, Jon, Karla, Riaz and Zue. Sadhu!
It was a really beautiful event, and very moving. Many thanks to everyone who made it possible, and welcome to the 6 Mitras.
Vancouver Buddhist Center is hosting a zoom celebration of the anniversary of the mass conversion of thousands of Indians to Buddhism as part of his work towards social, intellectual, economic, political and spiritual freedom for Dalit people of India.
Sunday October 11 at 3pm
Viradhamma ordained Rob Devney from the Seattle Sangha on Sunday Sep 20 at Dharmadhara in Lake County. His Order name is Siladhara Siladhara (long ‘i’ as in ‘police,’ third ‘a’ as in ‘father’), a Pali name meaning “He who upholds ethical practice.”
Viradhamma was both the Private and Public preceptor.