America, Help Fight Hunger, May 11th

♥ America, this Saturday, May 11th, donate a bag of groceries ♥

It’s EASY to Help :

1. Collect and bag non-perishable food items

2.Place by mailbox for letter carrier to  deliver to a local food bank or pantry 

 


Company Overview
On Saturday, May 11, Campbell Soup Company will join forces with the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) to Stamp Out Hunger across America in order to provide assistance to the rapidly increasing number of Americans who are struggling with hunger.

Now in its 21th year, the Stamp Out Hunger effort is the nation’s largest single-day food drive. In 2012, 70.5 million pounds of food was donated, which brought the grand total of donations to more than 1.2 billion pounds of food collected over the history of the drive.

Unfortunately, despite the generosity of millions of Americans who have supported the letter carriers’ food drive in previous years, the need for food assistance has never been greater. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s annual study measuring food security in the United States, nearly 50 million Americans are living in food insecure homes.

For more information about the annual Stamp Out Hunger effort in your community, ask your letter carrier, contact your local post office, visit eitherwww.helpstampouthunger.com or www.facebook.com/StampOutHunger, or follow the drive at www.twitter.com/StampOutHunger.

“Furthermore, Subhuti, in the practice of compassion and charity a disciple should be detached. That is to say, he should practice compassion and charity without regard to appearances, without regard to form, without regard to sound, smell, taste, touch, or any quality of any kind. Subhuti, this is how the disciple should practice compassion and charity. Why? Because practicing compassion and charity without attachment is the way to reaching the Highest Perfect Wisdom, it is the way to becoming a living Buddha”

-The Diamond Sutra

Food is Needed..

Food is Needed..

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Bhante makes it easy to donate ❤ Please share, donate, post on your blogs and pass this on.
Please see his blog here at WHAT BUDDHA SAIDOne can advantageously donate funds for food, which is needed every month here.Whoever gives food later gains bodily strength, vitality, vigor and health.

FROM BHIKKHU SAMAHITA’S WEBSITE : Register a new account on Main City: kandy – 2 Suburb: Peradeniya

When U have ordered then click “save cart”. Then U can easily order the same again.

Chose: Pickup delivery option at checkout and write in the notes:

To: Bhikkhu Samahita. (Lay name: Jan Erik Hansen, Passport#: 203419711)

Pickup by: Venerable Bhikkhu Samahita.

They accept Sri Lankan bank transfers and credit cards and also international credit cards.

Then I can pick it up with the receipt U will get emailed from Keels if U forward it to me

by email to: bhante.samahita@gmail.com

Mail Address:
Venerable Bhikkhu Samahita
Cypress Hermitage, Bambarella
20838 Tawalantenna
Kandy, Central Province.
SRI LANKA
Phone: (+94) 081 562 0553

Read more on his blog… follow link ❤

Buddhist Global Relief 2012 Walk to Feed the Hungry

Walk to Feed the Hungry

Please Save the Date

Join Buddhist Global Relief in a Worldwide Walk of Compassion!

Find a walk near you:

Seattle WA: Saturday, October 6th 2012
Ann Arbor MI: Saturday October 13th 2012
New York NY: Saturday October 13th 2012
San Francisco CA: Saturday October 13th 2012
San Jose–Mountain View CA: Sunday, October 14th 2012
London UK: Saturday, October 20th 2012
Los Angeles CA: Sunday, October 21st 2012
Escondido CA: October 25th 2012
Bhikkhu Bodhi leads Walk
Today we can send men into space, but here on earth chronic hunger and malnutrition still cast their shadows over the heads of far too many people, claiming millions of lives a year, more than half of them children. Though we may never know or see these folks, we should recognize that they are human beings just like ourselves, worthy of our deepest concern. Together we can make a difference, and it doesn’t take much to help them live in dignity and hope!
All proceeds from the walks will go to support BGR’s global hunger relief programs. For more information, to plan an event, register, fundraise, volunteer or donate, go to: www.buddhistglobalrelief.org
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“Buddhist Global Relief now has a blog. Please check it out, bookmark it, and subscribe to the feeds. We’ll be dealing with issues related to social and economic justice, food security, poverty relief, as well as reports on our projects. I’ll be blogging, along with other members of our board.”-Bhikkhu Bodhi

SUBSCRIBE AT http://buddhistglobalrelief.wordpress.com/

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Mission

The mission of Buddhist Global Relief (BGR) is to provide relief to the poor and needy throughout the world regardless of nationality, ethnicity, gender, or religion. Bearing in mind the Buddha’s statements that “hunger is the worst kind of illness” and “the gift of food is the gift of life,” BGR especially focuses on providing food aid to those afflicted by hunger and lack of food security. Its long-range goal, however, is to combat all the manifestations of poverty that detract from the inherent dignity of human life.

Why Does BGR Focus On Global Hunger? Part 1 | Buddhist Global Relief

Why does Buddhist Global Relief Focus on Global Hunger?

“Such suffering stems largely from unjust social and economic systems that deprive people of the means they need to live

Myanmar - Cyclone Nargis relief - Save the Children (BGR partner)

securely and happily. In most cases, these structures are not accidental but are shaped and imposed by a privileged elite, who enrich themselves and their cohorts while others must struggle daily just to obtain adequate food, housing, education, and work. If we apply the Buddha’s formula of the four noble truths to our collective situation, we would see that to eliminate the effect—the suffering that stems from oppressive social and economic systems—we must make changes to their underlying structures.” -Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi

READ MORE on BGR’s blog

via Why Does BGR Focus On Global Hunger? Part 1 | Buddhist Global Relief.

photo credit: BGR picasa album 

Buddhist nun’s NY vending case set to be tossed // Update

Associated Press

NEW YORK — An Atlanta-area Buddhist nun who said police mistook handing out prayer beads for selling jewelry will get her unlicensed-vending case dismissed if she stays out of trouble for six months, a Manhattan judge said Monday.

photo credit belongs to Yahoo News , I believe , can't find the original

“It’s a very good outcome” for Li Baojing, said her lawyer, Robert E. Brown.

The Chinese-born Li was arrested June 2 in New York’s Chinatown, where police found her sitting at a bustling corner with a bag full of beaded necklaces and a tin for collecting money. The area is rife with street vendors hawking various wares.

She says she had a sign in Mandarin saying she was collecting contributions for rebuilding her fire-damaged temple and home in Chamblee, Ga., and that she gave the roughly 50-cent necklaces to donors and non-donors alike. She’d come to New York because she thought her fundraising would fare better in its large Chinese community, Brown said.

Police, however, concluded Li was selling costume jewelry without a vendor’s license, and she was arrested on a misdemeanor charge.

Li turned down a plea offer earlier this month; it would have entailed admitting to disorderly conduct, a violation, and doing a day of community service. Prosecutors ultimately agreed with Monday’s arrangement to put the case on track for dismissal.

Li, dressed in a saffron-colored robe, said through an interpreter that she was relieved the legal process is ending but still had the temple to worry about.

She needed to raise donations because of problems with the building’s insurance after the March 26 fire, said Brown, who represented her for free. She has raised about $20,000 of the $30,000 she’s seeking, collecting about $10,000 of those donations since her arrest, he said.

Originally from the Hubei province in central China, Li came to the United States to do missionary work in 1996.

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Jennifer Peltz can be reached at http://twitter.com/jennpeltz

—Copyright 2011 Associated Press

Link to original article which appeared in  Tricycle http://amitabhabuddha.wordpress.com/2011/06/15/buddhist-nun-arrested-after-handing-out-prayer-beads-on-canal-street-tricycle/

Update:[update from Tricycle from original first article, I tried to call today to verify this information was still correct, however the woman who answered the phone speaks Chinese, and I don’t..maybe you can call and verify 🙂 ]

“I am told that the temple Baojing Li is raising money for is the Pu Xian Temple. If you would like to support Baojing Li’s work and make a donation, checks payable to the Atlanta Pu Xian Buddhist Association, Inc, can be sent to 3140 Shallowford Pl, Atlanta, GA 30341. Their phone number is 678-436-3607.”-Tricycle

Dhammadharini “Women Upholding the Dhamma”

Dhammadharini “Women Upholding the Dhamma”

  dhammadharini

“women upholding the Dhamma”

Our women’s monastic community and our not-for-profit religious support foundation are named Dhammadharini, meaning “to uphold the Dharma in the feminine form” in the Pali Language, an ancient classical language of Southeast Asian Buddhism.  Our symbol is a bodhi leaf (Bodhi meaning Awakening and the leaf our embodiment) supported and uplifted by three flowing currents, that of our training in sila-moral virtue,samadhi-meditation and panna-wisdom, in the stream of the Dhamma.

Our monastic residences at the Bodhi House and our women’s monastic hermitage Aranya Bodhi are led by fully-ordained female monastics, or bhikkhunis, (the male form is the bhikkhu), the type of monastic life and ordination established for both men and women in Buddhism at its inception in India more than 2500 years ago.  Find more bhikkhuni monasteries, hermitages and temples in North America and around the world on our “Places of Theravada Bhikkhuni Sangha” page.

Tzu Chi

Tzu Chi

In 1966, Dharma Master Cheng Yen established the Tzu Chi Foundation in Hualien, on the east coast of Taiwan. With the spirit of self-discipline, diligence, frugality, and perseverance, Tzu Chi set out to help the poor and relieve suffering. Over time, the foundation’s mission started with Charity and extended into Medicine, Education, and Humanistic Culture. Tzu Chi originated in the remote Hualien area and expanded to all five major continents of the world with chapters and offices in 47 countries. Tzu Chi provides aid to over 69 nations. Its volunteers selflessly contribute through a mindset of gratitude, expressing their sincerest care and support to each and every individual in need.

The shared goal of Tzu Chi volunteers is to cultivate sincerity, integrity, faith, and honesty within while exercising kindness, compassion, joy, and selflessness to humanity through concrete actions. Transcending the bounds of race, nationality, language, and religion, they serve the world under the notion that “when others are hurting, we feel their pain; when others suffer, we feel their sorrow”. Not only do the volunteers endeavor to promote the universal value of “Great Love,” they also fully employ the humanitarian spirit of Chinese culture to its utmost. Tzu Chi Foundation’s “Four Major Missions” consist of Charity, Medicine, Education, and Humanity. Furthermore, considering ongoing efforts in Bone Marrow Donation, Environmental Protection, Community Volunteerism, and International Relief, these eight concurrent campaigns are collectively known as “Tzu Chi’s Eight footprints”

Tzu Chi Home Page

Alliance for Bhikkhunis

Alliance for Bhikkhunis

Mission

Founded in 2007, the Alliance for Bhikkhunis is a US-based 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization committed to supporting fully ordained Theravada Buddhist women (bhikkhunis). Our focus is to support and protect the development of the international Bhikkhuni Sangha through education, sustainable economic empowerment, provisioning of health care, and organizing and mobilizing for a gender-balanced approach to Theravada monasticism.

Buddhist Global Relief

“Buddhist Global Relief now has a blog, just started last week. Please check it out, bookmark it, and subscribe to the feeds. We’ll be dealing with issues related to social and economic justice, food security, poverty relief, as well as reports on our projects. I’ll be blogging, along with other members of our board.”-Bhikkhu Bodhi

SUBSCRIBE AT http://buddhistglobalrelief.wordpress.com/

BUDDHIST GLOBAL RELIEF

Mission

The mission of Buddhist Global Relief (BGR) is to provide relief to the poor and needy throughout the world regardless of nationality, ethnicity, gender, or religion. Bearing in mind the Buddha’s statements that “hunger is the worst kind of illness” and “the gift of food is the gift of life,” BGR especially focuses on providing food aid to those afflicted by hunger and lack of food security. Its long-range goal, however, is to combat all the manifestations of poverty that detract from the inherent dignity of human life.