Buddhist Action Month: let’s make June a month of change
Buddhism generally has a positive image, as a peaceful, but rather passive, meditative lifestyle. However, most people (including many Buddhists) are completely unaware of the range of social work and volunteering done by Buddhists for the benefit of others.
Buddhist Action Month (BAM) is a month-long festival of Buddhist social action in June every year.
So what’s a typical BAM action?
There isn’t one!
There’s actually a huge range of actions you can take, from tree planting to organising talks, reducing your energy use at home or volunteering within your local community, etc.
What will you do? Mail your actions, stories and pictures to our editors: BAM@e-b-u.org
Buddhist Action Month began in Britain as a single day in 2012, an initiative of the Network of Buddhist Organisations UK (NBO), as part of a UK government-sponsored multi-faith project in which each faith community adopted a time of year for socially beneficial activities inspired by their faith. The NBO encouraged British Buddhists of all traditions to run events with an environmental theme.
In 2013 the NBO decided to commit itself to a whole month, and thus BAM was born. Throughout June 2014, a great many activities took place, not just in the UK but also in Sweden, Belgium and Germany.
In September 2014, the EBU decided to promote BAM on a European scale.
In June every year, we encourage all European Buddhists to take part in socially beneficial activities which:
- bring people together (Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike),
- are rooted in Buddhist teachings, and
- are in line with the EBU values
BAM still has a fairly low profile among Buddhists in the UK, but it is growing, with one or two of Britain’s largest Buddhist groups adopting it with great enthusiasm, including the Triratna Buddhist Order and Community.
For 2015 the NBO’s suggested focus continues to be the environment, but the month is intended to stir up and celebrate Buddhist social action in general. Triratna, for example has suggested three themes to inspire its members:
Caring for others
Buddhist Action Month: yesterday Britain; today Europe; tomorrow the world!
Read more about Buddhist Action Month in the UK.