On this day 60 years ago – 14th October 1957 – the Indian social reformer Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar converted to Buddhism. The ceremony, in Nagpur, central India, was attended by hundreds of thousands of his fellow people, women, men and children at the bottom of India’s caste system. In their turn they too converted …. Read More >
You are warmly invited to the next NBO gathering: “Buddhism in action: what are we doing? Buddhists from a variety of UK traditions will meet to explore the social role of Buddhism in the UK. Why is it important for Buddhists to come together? How important is friendship? How can Buddhists act together for the …. Read More >
Read about the Anukampa Bhikkuni Project, aspiring to bring into being a nunnery for fully ordained Theravadin bhikkunis in the UK. Follow the Anukampa Bhikkhuni Project on Facebook.
July saw the opening of a very ambitious redevelopment of Vajrasana, the London Buddhist Centre’s retreat centre in Suffolk. which both the The Guardian newspaper and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) considered architecturally worthy of report. Read the Guardian article. Read the RIBA report. Buddhist video project Clear Vision reports on the project and …. Read More >
Now in its 5th year, Buddhist Action Month is an NBO initiative, encouraging Buddhists of all traditions to engage with beneficial activities transforming self and world, with emphasis on social change and expressing care for all. The special theme for BAM 2016 is community, in the sense of building bridges, sharing concerns and breaking down barriers, while …. Read More >
Val Stephenson is Chair of the Network of Buddhist Organisations UK. She reports: “Over the first weekend of April, I attended the European Buddhist Union’s (EBU) conference “Buddhism in Action” in Berlin. I saw many connections with our annual Buddhist Action Month (BAM) in the UK, and just how important Buddhist social action is. Here are just two responses …. Read More >
We note with regret the death of Lord Avebury at his London home on 14th February. The sole Buddhist in the House of Lords, which he had entered with a title inherited from a cousin in 1971, he was a champion of many causes connected with human rights. Born Eric Lubbock, he joined the Liberal Party in …. Read More >
All are welcome to this conference in Berlin, 1-3 April, with a range of European Buddhist speakers, workshops and films, all in the beautiful environs of Rigpa’s Dharmamati Centre. More details.
An opportunity to find out about chaplaincy in a range of situations, this London-based course runs over seven Sundays, starting in April.
Many followers of the NBO Facebook page were inspired by a video about a Buddhist healthcare chaplain in a hospital in Manchester, UK, earlier this year. Here’s an opportunity to find out more about this work. The Healthcare Chaplaincy Faith and Belief Group are offering a ‘Starting out in Healthcare Chaplaincy’ course in Manchester, UK, February-April 2016. …. Read More >