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Climate Action Kit
Tuesday, 21 July 2015 12:37
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The Buddhist Climate Change Action Kit is an up-to-date, comprehensive online resource with creative ideas to empower Buddhists to care for the natural world.

From quotes from the Buddha and great teachers, to dharma practice, to easy-to- understand science, from ideas for nurturing a sense of connection with Creation to tips for improving energy efficiency and advocacy, this kit will empower your Buddhist community to become more ecologically aware and responsive.

The Buddha was born in the forrest, achieved full awakening among the trees and passed away into parinibbana surrounded by trees and nature. He encouraged frugality and the preciousness of all life forms. He also taught impermanence and right action to improve one's own welfare and that of all beings on the planet.

Hence the Buddha taught us about the interconnectedness of all living things, including ourselves. This kit was developed with the assistance of ARRCC (Australian Religious Response to Climate Change).

 

DOWNLOAD THE KIT HERE

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 July 2015 12:49
 
Prime Minister's Vesak Day Message 2015
Friday, 22 May 2015 12:44
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I am pleased to provide this message on the occasion of Vesak.

Celebrating the birth, enlightenment and passing of Sakyamuni Buddha, this is an important time for the Buddhist community to come together in fellowship, and for the broader community to deepen their appreciation of Buddhist culture.

The Buddhist community, in all its diversity, has become an integral part of the Australian story.

Buddhism is Australia’s second-most practiced religion. For many, it provides meaning, purpose and inspiration to their daily lives.

The five precepts of Buddhism: don’t kill, don’t steal, avoid dishonourable conduct, don’t lie, and don’t over-indulge, stand as a universal code of conduct that all people regardless of our religion or culture should strive towards.

At this time, we celebrate the contribution that the Buddhist community makes to Australia. I acknowledge your commitment to respect, compassion and understanding as taught by Buddha.

I send my best wishes to everyone attending this celebration.

 

The Hon Tony Abbott MP Prime Minister of Australia

26 May 2015

 

download the message for display at your Buddhist center here

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 May 2015 20:53
 
letter of Greeting from Cardinal Tauran
Monday, 11 May 2015 15:09
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A message has been received from the Catholic Pontifical Council for Interreligiuos Dialogue on the occasion of Vesak:

Last Updated on Monday, 11 May 2015 15:22
 
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