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.

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.