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International Network of Engaged Buddhists
International Network of Engaged Buddhists
International Network of Engaged Buddhists
International Network of Engaged Buddhists
International Network of Engaged Buddhists
International Network of Engaged Buddhists
International Network of Engaged Buddhists
International Network of Engaged Buddhists
International Network of Engaged Buddhists
International Network of Engaged Buddhists
International Network of Engaged Buddhists
International Network of Engaged Buddhists
International Network of Engaged Buddhists
International Network of Engaged Buddhists
International Network of Engaged Buddhists
International Network of Engaged Buddhists
International Network of Engaged Buddhists
International Network of Engaged Buddhists
International Network of Engaged Buddhists
International Network of Engaged Buddhists
International Network of Engaged Buddhists
International Network of Engaged Buddhists
International Network of Engaged Buddhists
International Network of Engaged Buddhists
International Network of Engaged Buddhists
International Network of Engaged Buddhists
International Network of Engaged Buddhists
International Network of Engaged Buddhists
International Network of Engaged Buddhists
International Network of Engaged Buddhists
International Network of Engaged Buddhists
International Network of Engaged Buddhists
International Network of Engaged Buddhists
International Network of Engaged Buddhists
International Network of Engaged Buddhists
International Network of Engaged Buddhists
International Network of Engaged Buddhists
International Network of Engaged Buddhists
International Network of Engaged Buddhists
International Network of Engaged Buddhists
YBT Participants Group Photo
YBT Participants Group Photo

Dear Friends of INEB,

Wishing you all a great summer time!

We give you here a short update on major activities/programs that were carried out during the period of April - June 2019.

International Young Bodhisattva Training - For Spiritual Resurgence and Social Transformation

 April 30 - May 12, 2019. Taiwan

The young bodhisattva training is essential for any person who is on the path towards Buddhahood. The training itself constitutes a 'religious' activity through deepening participants knowledge and practice of Buddhism. The word 'bodhisattva' itself refers to anyone (ordained or lay person) who has resolved to and is committed to become a Buddha and has also received a confirmation or prediction from a living Buddha that this can be so. The earliest story about how Gauthama Buddha becomes a bodhisattva describes his encounter with the previous Buddha, Dipankara. During this encounter, a previous incarnation of Gauthama offers five blue lotuses and spreads out his hair or entire body for Dipankara to walk on, resolving to one day become a Buddha. Dipankara then confirms that they will attain Buddhahood. Early Buddhist authors saw this story as indicating that making a resolution (abhinihara) in the presence of a living Buddha and his prediction/confirmation of one's future Buddhahood was necessary to become a bodhisattva. 

Twenty seven (27) students, including monks and nuns from 10 countries joined this course. Participants were female and male leaders, both lay and ordained Buddhists and others, who were active in social change. Our graduates from previous courses have been very active in Indonesia, India and Myanmar, and the facilitators volunteering on this course were themselves alumni.

Training Objectives 

  1. To understand theory and develop critical ability for using analytical Buddhist tools to apply to alternative methods of community development. 
  2. To bring theory into practice by being exposed to some of the finest thinkers and practitioners of socially engaged Buddhism. 
  3. To strengthen the network through supporting cooperation and relationships among young Buddhist activists in Asia.

Specific outcomes of this training program were identified by participants and incorporated into action plans developed throughout the training.

Training Activities

The training curriculum was based on a three-mode learning process involving intellectual, spiritual and physical practice. The sessions used various methods for learning, as well as exposure trips to understand the current situation in Taiwan and how socially engaged Buddhism is being used to address it.

Initially the students separated into their country groups to reflect and discuss the core issues in their countries, and to brainstorm about what kind of social action Buddhist organizations could effectively offer.

The training curriculum focused on Socially Engaged Buddhism through practical experiential examination of issues and skills using Buddhist Social Analysis, Power Analysis, Deep Listening, Compassionate Communication, Gender Inequality and Social Injustice. This helped students experience directly issues of power, and marginalization due to social inequity, while encouraging them to take up action in areas of Social Development, Social Service and Social Change.

Students also learned about Meditation on Mindfulness, Buddhism and Health and about Taiwan’s History of Engaged Buddhism which was traced through various Buddhist teachers. Other interesting topics included the work of Buddhist chaplaincy and hospice carein Taiwan; Technology, Media and Engaged Buddhism, and Dr. Ambedkar - Buddhism and Social Justice. A panel of activists working on issues of LGBT Rights, animal protection, human rights and environmental protection discussed their areas of work and the challenges they faced. 

Students appreciated the exposure visits to a variety of organizations including to the Tzu Chi Environmental Protection Mission which operates in 98 countries, with thousands of volunteers trained to assist the recycling mission. They also visited the Buddhist Education Foundation which was designed to encourage young people to do dharma work, and to make Buddhist teachings more accessible. 

After having visited the many inspiring social action projects undertaken by the engaged Buddhist organizations in Taiwan, the students returned filled with inspiration and learning. They then prepared to address the issues in their own countries, and the social action projects they want to pursue in the areas of social welfare and working for structural change.

The students expressed their tremendous gratitude to the nuns and kind supporters for their generous support. With heartfelt thanks they expressed, “Even if we are not perfect, we can still help to make the world a better place.” The day ended when the students sang a song for the nuns and supporters which was a very moving expression of gratitude and aspiration: 

Heal the World make it a better place

for you and for meand the entire human race

There are people dying, but if you care enough

for the living you make a better place for you and for me.

 

The Young Bodhisattva training program was the only major program that INEB in collaboration with Buddhist Hongshi College offered in the period between April - June. There are some very exciting activities/events that we have been planning for implementation in the 2nd half of this year. We will bring you all the updates in our next progress report.

Till then, wishing all our friends a happy year ahead!

With Metta,

The INEB Work Team

Session on Buddhist Chaplaincy
Session on Buddhist Chaplaincy
Visit to Tzu Chi Foundation
Visit to Tzu Chi Foundation's Recycling Center
Ven. Hwei Facilitating a Session
Ven. Hwei Facilitating a Session

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Dear Friends of INEB,

We hope you all are doing well! 

This short report from us provides you with an update on some INEB events this year. Please read on!

Since INEB, as the name indicates, is a ‘network’ organization, our community is very diverse and expansive including many cultures and countries. The specific activities discussed show how our community is reached through INEB’s activities. 

INEB Conference in October 2019

We will be holding our bi-annual conference later this year at Deerpark Institute in Bir, India. The theme of the conference is ‘Culture of Awakening’. In the last few months, our team has had quite a few planning and coordination meetings with our partners to make sure that everything runs smoothly at the conference. Each conference location is rotated among its members. In this way the host organization provides an opportunity to increase understanding of its country context and challenges unique to its home community. Since the conference is being held in India participants also will learn about the Tibetan community in exile, both in Dharmsala and Bir. 

Our tentative schedule for the 3-day event, which consists of a series plenary and seminar sessions facilitated by a panel of experts, as well as contemplative timeouts which give participants the opportunity to relax and meditate in the beautiful and serene natural environment in the Himalayan foothills of Deerpark Institute. Nature walks and study tours will also be organized to give participants a chance to visit some of the nearby monasteries and schools. Traditional performances by local Tibetan artists will also take place in the evenings. Since the theme of the conference is the ‘Culture of Awakening’, seminar sessions will revolve around keeping this theme at the centre of discussion, and relating it to INEB’s vision, mission and outreach work. Some of the tentative topics of discussion for the seminar sessions are – Culture of Living and Dying, Culture of Peace and Justice, Culture of Sustainable Well-being, Contemporary Expressions of the Buddha’s Wisdom.

The day after the conference ends, our Advisory and Executive Committees will hold a joint meeting which is an opportunity for all our members to provide updates on their activities and critically review our 10 year strategic roadmap – The Way Forward.

Environment and Climate Focus – January Meeting

In January several of our partners met in Bangkok and via Zoom to discuss their involvement in various climate and environment initiatives. We discussed how to support each other through advocacy and training efforts. We developed a tentative calendar of events for the rest of 2019 and part of 2020 which includes study tours to other countries, workshops, an Eco-temple network meeting and an interreligious dialogue on Earth Trusteeship from 19 – 21 July in Bangkok. The theme for the dialogue is Nature Rights, Global Citizenship and Reclaiming ‘The Commons’:  The Rise of Earth Trusteeship.

Even though this is funded by the ED, it demonstrates the expansive community we reach through this dynamic partnership. 

March 12 – 15 International Roundtable on Buddhist Psychology, Psycho-Spiritual Counseling and Chaplaincy Counseling  

We are very concerned about helping people living with critical diseases, addiction and other psychological challenges including suicide. One of our approaches for addressing these is included in INEB’s strategic plan as Buddhist “Chaplaincy” Training. An international roundtable on Buddhist psychology, psycho-spiritual counseling and chaplaincy met at INEB’s Bangkok office from March 12 – 15. During these four days 20 – 30 Buddhist monks, nuns, lay persons, practitioners and specialists in a variety of fields participated in discussions and field visits. Participants (from Japan, USA, Myanmar, Thailand and India) came to deepen their understandings of key issues and form stronger collaborations. The roundtable covered four specific themes which included:  the interface between Buddhist thought and modern psychology; modalities for training Buddhist chaplains in psycho-social care; cooperative strategies and team building for medical and spiritual caregivers; and confronting substance abuse through Buddhist methods. 

Alternative Education

We have two alternative education programs, one of which completed their 27-week course (17 September 2018 – 15 March 2019) in March. The Ecovillage Design Education framework was expanded by increased emphasis on self-cultivation and social transformation. The entire program took participants on a journey grounded in critical self-awareness. New learning arose when our participants were exposed to a broad set of cultural perspectives and the diversity the participants brought to the courses. 

Young Bodhisattva Training in May 2019

In the last few months, the INEB team in partnership with Buddhist Hongshi College has been actively preparing for the ‘Young Boddhisattva Training for Spiritual Resurgence and Social Transformation.’ Twenty seven (27) persons, including monks and nuns from 10 countries, have registered to attend the training which will be held at Buddhist Hongshi College in Tao Yuan, Taiwan, from 30th April - 13th May 2019. The training is aimed at empowering the young generation. In order for young Buddhists to realize their human potential to contribute to real change, INEB and Buddhist Hongshi College is jointly offering this program to develop the confidence, capacity and commitment amongst young Buddhists for social and spiritual transformation. The training will empower and enrich youth in ancient Buddhist teachings and their applications in addressing and resolving current global problems. These young Buddhists stand to gain the unique potential to create real social and sustainable change in their communities and beyond. Our team has had a number of planning and coordination meetings with our partner, as well as some fundraising drives to raise some much needed funds that would go towards covering visa and airfare for some of our students who cannot afford to pay for these costs.

That’s all for now! Wishing you all a great year ahead!

With Metta,

The INEB Team 

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Group Photo of INEB AC/EC Members
Group Photo of INEB AC/EC Members

Dear Friends of INEB,

Wishing you all a joyous Happy New Year! We hope you are celebrating and enjoying every moment with your friends and family! This time of the year is truly special, as it is now that we look back and thank with utmost gratitude for what we have received and achieved in the past year, and also look forward with great enthusiasm and spirit towards the unfolding of the new year.

If you have some time at hand, in between all the celebrations, please do read this short report that we are sharing with you about INEB's recently concluded AC/EC Meeting in Nepal. There have been some great developments, paving way for some fruitful collaborations between INEB and its local partners in Nepal to initiate work in a most important area of uplifting marginalized and Dalit communities in the Asian region. 

INEB Advisory Commitee (AC) / Executive Committee (EC) Meeting in Nepal

INEB held its annual joint Advisory and Executive (AC/EC) Committee meeting in Nepal, in end November. The meeting was held in Boudha, Kathmandu, near the world celebrated Boudhanath Stupa.

Glimpses of the Himalayan mountain ranges could be seen high above the rooflines as the Advisory and Executive committee members met to discuss the Nepali context and the activities that comprise INEB’s 10-year strategic roadmap. The meeting was coordinated with local partners, including Phakchok Rinpoche and the Chokgyur Lingpa Foundation, the Nepal Buddhist Federation, the Rastriya Dalit Network, and many other groups.

The activities in Nepal began with a public forum on 28 November, which was followed by the AC/EC meeting, and a work planning session coordinated by INEB with Nepali Buddhist minorities and Dalit groups, on 1 December.

The public forum explored the context and the social issues of the host country: Nepal. The presentations, given by representatives of Nepali Buddhist and Dalit groups, discussed the various issues the Buddhist minority and Dalit communities in Nepal face. During the first presentation, Phakchok Rinpoche, stated that Nepal needs to be known for more than being the birthplace of Gautama, the Buddha, in Lumbini more than 1,600 years ago. He stressed that the preservation of the Buddhist communities, the preservation of the Buddha Dharma, and conducting Buddhist activities were the most important objectives in Nepal.

The disparities and challenges that the Buddhist minorities and the Dalit communities experience shared repeated themes. In the predominantly Hindu country (81.3%), Buddhism (9%) represents the second largest religious group, with all remaining religious groups collectively representing less than 10% including Islam (4.4%), Christians (1.4%), and animists (3.4%). Predictably, these religious groups mirror the social caste system with the majority Brahmans (80%) being Hindu and other religious having a lower status.

This social system can give rise to discrimination against minority religions and social group, which, in Nepal, was expressed by their limited access to education, lack of employment opportunities, and laws, public policy, and legal system based on the dominant social class, all of which is reinforced by an unyielding status quo. Interestingly, it was noted that, within this religious and social context, Buddhist may be experiencing more tolerance than some of the other minority groups.

During the AC/EC meeting, which followed the public forum, members gave regional updates about activities throughout East, Southeast and South Asia, the USA, Europe, and Africa. Much of the agenda focused specifically on the progress of activities in INEB’s 10-year strategic roadmap, The Way Forward*.

INEB members discussed how to expand beyond their commitment to grassroots activism by engaging with India and China at a cultural level and build a Dharmic civilization of mutual respect, social justice, and peace. Members also discussed holding a few key major INEB events in 2019 that support dialogue and strengthen relationships in these countries leading up to INEB’s next general conference in Deer Park, Bir, India.

During the work planning session between Nepali Buddhist minorities and Dalit groups on 1 December, the issues and problems identified by Buddhist minorities in Nepal highlighted the inadequate representation of Buddhists in policy and decision-making levels of state mechanism. It was also noted that Buddhist heritage sites and a couple of institutes are controlled by non-Buddhists appointed politically, mainly by Hindu communities, and that little engagement and interaction takes place between monasteries and lay communities.

The Dalit group, in turn, expressed that support from the Buddhist community could help to resolve issues, especially since Dalits who have become Buddhists experience increased discrimination.

In terms of economic issues, the traditional occupations of the Dalit community need to be protected, promoted, modernized, industrialized, and marketed. Another critical issue is related to land rights and food rights. The Dalit community wants to link these to the non-violent movement advocated by the Buddha.

The second crucial area identified by the Dalit representatives was education. Less than 50% of Dalit communities are literate, and are economically, socially and politically backward due to this lack of education. They have very little access to higher education and less than 1% have an opportunity to go to university. They cited specific ways to address this education gap including needing to have books by Dr. Ambedkar and other Buddhists translated, to incorporate pillars of Buddhism into education which is available to everyone and financial support for higher education.

Both groups defined specific solutions to address these conditions which depend on close collaboration and working in unity.

Following the AC/EC meeting, there is a lot for INEB and its partners to ponder upon. Much has come out of the meetings with the Dalit and Buddhist minority communities, with ample scope for providing greater support to both in resolving their core issues. In fact, the timing of the AC/EC meeting was perfect, just before the start of the New Year, where now INEB and its partners can start and take on refreshed efforts for the work to uplift these marginalized communities.

Well, that’s it for now. If you are inspired by INEB and its partner’s initiatives for Dalit and minority communities, please do consider supporting us. We would really be grateful for any contribution. Even $10 is a powerful form of action, because $10 has the potential to be multiplied into 100s, and can go far enough to significantly back INEB’s efforts to strongly support the upliftment of the people of these communities, who are at the moment in need for a helping hand.We would also appreciate if you could share this report with your family and friends.

I hope this short report brings through a wave of inspiration within all of your celebrative spirits as the clock ticks us through from 2018 to 2019. Without taking more of your time during this festive period, on behalf of the INEB team, I wish you all a very Happy New Year. May 2019 blossom the flower of love and compassion within us, rousing us to continue the important work of engaged social service for the upliftment of all beings.

With Metta,

The INEB Team

   

Meeting with Dalit & Buddhist Minority Communities
Meeting with Dalit & Buddhist Minority Communities
Participants at the INEB AC/EC Meeting in Nepal
Participants at the INEB AC/EC Meeting in Nepal

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Asian Buddhist Connection Conference
Asian Buddhist Connection Conference

Dear Friends of INEB,

Greetings from Thailand! I hope you all have been doing great!

There has been good progress on a number of INEB projects in the period from July to September 2018. Here is a snapshot of what has happened and what is being planned for in the near future –

Buddhist-Muslim Forum – Development of a 2 Year Proposal and Workplan

In July, a core group meeting was held at the INEB office for the Buddhist-Muslim Forum (BMF) group. The main focus of the meeting was to look at Buddhist-Muslim relations in South East Asia. Various representatives from member organizations participated in the BMF working group meeting. The group decided on 3 main areas for activities – (1) meeting with religious leaders, (2) Religious literacy, and (3) Buddhist-Muslim youth.

A proposal is currently being developed for the group, outlaying a clear set of vision and objectives for this project, and a proposed set of activities for the next two years.  Once complete, the proposal will be sent out and shared with various grantmaking organizations to request for funding support. The BMF working group is advancing towards implementing an important initiative that aims to improve relations between Buddhist and Muslim groups. We hope that this endeavor will bear fruit and lead to good results.

Planning for the INEB AC/EC Meeting

In mid-August, Moo, INEB’s Executive Secretary, and Gauthama, INEB Executive Committee Member and head of the Foundation of His Sacred Majesty (FHSM), made a trip to Kathmandu, Nepal, to plan for the INEB Advisory Committee (AC) and Executive Committee Meeting to be held in end November this year. The planning meeting went very well. 

A final agenda for the 3-day meeting was decided upon. On the first day, participants would meet with the Buddhist community in Nepal, who will share about their current situation and needs. Various Buddhist groups will provide their perspectives on the situation in Nepal. The first day will also have participants visit the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism. On the second day, the INEB AC/EC meeting will be held, where AC and EC members will provide updates on the 11 main INEB projects. The AC/EC meeting will also hold discussions on how INEB and its members can best support the Buddhist community in Nepal. The AC/EC meeting will continue on the third day. Around 60-70 people are expected to attend the INEB AC/EC meeting. 

In addition to the regular discussions on INEB’s 11 projects, INEB’s ‘Marginalized Communities’ project will be given special attention and focus during the meeting. A half day has been allocated to this project theme, where a visit to the Dalit center in Kathmandu has been planned. The purpose of the visit is for INEB members to understand the challenges and needs of the Dalit community in Nepal, and to see how INEB and its Marginalized Communities working group can contribute to resolving their problems.

As part of the planning and preparation for the AC/EC Meeting, Moo and Gauthama also met with the Dalit community during their trip to Nepal in August. The Dalit community members shared with them that they would really like to move out and be free of the violence they were facing due to presence and influence of the caste system in Nepal. They also expressed that despite the fact that a majority of their Dalit groups have received higher education, they still feel they don’t have the empowerment and the advocacy related skills to come out of the influence of the caste system. In addition, the Dalit groups currently do not have a central organization that brings together smaller Dalit movements and organizations.  A lot of the Dalits are working for low capacity organizations.This is real food for thought for the INEB Network, and a lot of these issues are expected to be discussed during the INEB AC/EC Meeting. 

Asia Network for Child Protection - Consortium for Child Protection Meeting in Geneva

In July, INEB’s Executive Secretary, Moo, went to Geneva to attend a meeting on the issue of child protection. The purpose of the meeting was to have various organizations working on child protection issues come together to form a consortium in order to make it possible to have better collaboration of work amongst member organizations in the field of child protection. At the meeting, Moo also got a chance to meet with the Sarvodaya Group from Srilanka. Moo had a good conversation with them, and there are plans for INEB to collaborate with the Sarvodaya Group for working on child protection issues in the Asian region.

A regional meeting for the Asia Network for Child Protection working group is also being planned, and will be held in Vietnam in January next year.

Female Leadership for Social Transformation

In April or May next year, Taiwan will host the first 10-day international training. At the moment, individual in-country trainings and workshops are already being held in various Asian countries. In Thailand, Ouyporn, co-founder of the International Women’s Partnership for Peace and Justice, has been facilitating the trainings for Thai Bhikkhunis. Her trainings are keeping focus on gender and social leadership issues.

The training in Taiwan next year will take in groups of white robed nuns, lay women, and Bhikkhunis. Usually in the past, trainings for Buddhist woman groups have been occurring separately (white robed nuns have their own trainings, and so do laywomen and Bhikkhunis). The idea behind the 10-day training in Taiwan is to bring these individual groups together in order to create opportunities for cross-group learning and exchanges.

A one day follow up meeting may also take place after the 10-day training in Taiwan. The purpose of the follow-up meeting will be to relook at the strategy/concept paper that was developed for this working group, and to listen to feedback from participants on the training.

Well that’s all I have to report folks! Lots of positive developments, and there is much more expected to happen, especially after the INEB AC/EC Meeting, which will have members of the Committees take a deeper look at each INEB project and plan for future activities and actions.

On behalf of the INEB work team, I again sincerely thank all of you for your ongoing support of INEB and its transformative work in the field of socially engaged Buddhism. Please do visit our Global Giving project page, and share it with your network of family and friends. Each contribution that we get from you is very meaningful and valuable to us, as it is when a drop adds to a drop, that a vast ocean can be formed!

Take care and have a great year ahead!

With Warm Regards,

Arjun Kumar

Fundraising Coordinator

International Network of Engaged Buddhists      

Preparation for INEB AC/EC Meeting in Nepal
Preparation for INEB AC/EC Meeting in Nepal
Preparation for INEB AC/EC Meeting in Nepal
Preparation for INEB AC/EC Meeting in Nepal
INEB Indonesia Meeting
INEB Indonesia Meeting
Buddhist-Muslim Forum Meeting at INEB Head Office
Buddhist-Muslim Forum Meeting at INEB Head Office
Consortium for Child Protection Meeting in Geneva
Consortium for Child Protection Meeting in Geneva
Consortium for Child Protection Meeting in Geneva
Consortium for Child Protection Meeting in Geneva

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Jungto Society Study Tour in South Korea
Jungto Society Study Tour in South Korea

Dear Kind Supporters of INEB,

Hello! I hope you have been doing well.

On behalf of the INEB work team, I would like to thank you with utmost gratitude for your valuable contributions to support INEB’s social, humanitarian and environmental initiatives.

As most of our supporter’s may know, INEB’s work is divided into 11 thematic areas –

INEB Institute for Transformative Learning

Buddhist ‘Chaplaincy’ Training

Community Buddhist Leaders

Buddhism and Conflict Transformation

International Forum on Buddhist-Muslim Relations

Empowerment of the Bhikkhuni Sangha

Capacity Building for Marginalized Buddhism

Asian Network of Buddhists for Child Protection

Economics for a Sustainable Planet

Inter-religious Climate and Ecology Network

Eco-Temple Community Development Project

Since INEB is a network, each thematic initiative is run in collaboration with member organizations and individuals that are part of the network. Each quarter, progress is made in each of the 11 initiatives. In some quarters, there is greater progress in a certain initiative, while in other initiatives there may be slow progress. All advancements are dependent on various internal and external factors that have an interplay of effects in the world of social and humanitarian service.

Between April – June 2018, the following were some of the activities and developments within the INEB Network.

Jungto Society Study Tour

INEB and the Jungto Society, a member organization of the INEB Network, have developed a Buddhist Sangha study program in South Korea. The main objectives of the study tour are –

  • Learn from Ven. Pomnyun (Founder of Jungto Society) and Jungto Society on how to apply Dharma into modern society.
  • Comparison on traditional Buddhist temples and Jungto Society for their practice and social engagement. 
  • Exchange of experiences of ordained Buddhists on how to apply Dharma into their respected societies.

The first study tour was back in 2013 and has been organized on an annual basis. This year, the tour unfolded in its 6thcycle, and spanned one week. Participants had the opportunity to visit ancient Buddhist temples in South Korea and learn from Ven. Pomnyun Sunim through his very inspiring lectures on applying the Buddhist Dharma in today’s society and for social service and engagement.

Religions for Peace Conference in Germany

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany and Finland organized a conference on religions for peace in Berlin, Germany. A total of 80 representatives from faith-based organizations in Asia were invited to the conference, where they shared about peace work in Asia. The main thematic areas discussed were Peace Education, Mediation, Gender, and Media. Moo, the Executive Secretary of the INEB Secretariat, had a chance to have personal talks about INEB’s work in the area of peace with representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany and Finland.

International Buddhist Female Sangha Leadership Training

A 3-day planning meeting was held in Taiwan for the Bhikkhuni Sangha working group. The meeting was a great success, and the group strategized a 10-year long term goal, 3 core objectives, and 6 learning outcomes. The main goal of the initiative was formulated as – ‘To empower Buddhist women, so that all forefold Buddhist communities are equally capable of fully engaging in social issues locally and globally guided by the Buddhist Dharma’. During the planning meeting, there was lot of discussion on how women face issues with patriarchy in various countries. 

INEB Institute

The INEB Institute is currently in the preparatory phase for its School of English for Engaged Social Service (SENS) Program, which will be held next year from January to April. At present, the work team is strongly engaging in fundraising activities. A number of prospective students who apply for the SENS program are not able to afford the program fees, hence it is an added responsibility of the work team to find funds for them. The work team is also working on finalizing the brochure for the SENS 2019 program.

Inter-Religious Climate & Ecology Network

The ICE Network Secretariat, which is based in South Korea, is currently working on establishing a National Committee. The focus right now for the network is to concretize its presence in South Korea, and then to start expanding outside at an international level by next year. The ICE Secretariat is also working on securing funding for its program activities.

Once again, we sincerely thank all our friends who have kindly supported INEB and its work. 

Wishing you all a great summer and monsoon season ahead!

 

With Warm Regards,

Arjun Kumar

Fundraising Coordinator

International Network of Engaged Buddhists (INEB)

Religions for Peace Conference in Berlin, Germany
Religions for Peace Conference in Berlin, Germany
Female Sangha Leadership Training in Taiwan
Female Sangha Leadership Training in Taiwan
Jungto Society Study Tour in South Korea
Jungto Society Study Tour in South Korea
Ven. Pomnyum Giving a Lecture During Study Tour
Ven. Pomnyum Giving a Lecture During Study Tour

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