The International Network of Engaged Buddhists (INEB) sends our heartfelt greetings from Bangkok.
We are exploring ways to share messages of inspiration and good will throughout our network which embraces all Buddhist traditions, as well as extending it to other religions and beliefs. This global crisis of COVID19 highlights our interdependence and interconnection as human beings living on Earth. We see this time as an opportunity to strengthen and build social solidarity in the face of physical or ‘social distancing.’
We intend to use INEB’s website as one platform for building this social solidarity through posting messages, videos, stories and more. Earlier in March, we encouraged our members to chant the Ratana Sutta as one means of bringing us together through online media. They were asked to share any videos of persons chanting the Ratana Sutta which will be edited and posted on the INEB website. Actions such as this help us to reflect more deeply on our work throughout the countries and communities in our network, as well as reach out to and reconnect with each other. This is one way to show our genuine concern and compassion broadly with communities around the world.
As leaders and followers of the rich diversity of Buddhist’s wisdom, we ask that you share words, practices, stories and messages which can take us to our roots of wisdom and compassion, needed for all beings on earth. We encourage your participation and contributions to building social solidarity through our media platform.
Please send your messages, stories, videos, poems and more to the INEB Secretariat – firstname.lastname@example.org
Most sincerely yours,
INEB Executive Secretary
I am writing these words in response to repeated requests from many people around the world. Today, we are passing through an exceptionally difficult time due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
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But Buddhist teachers are offering their teachings from a distance in order to remind their communitiesabout key elements of the practice.
I know you have no name, no age. One month after you were born, people have been still arguing over what your name is. Whether you are called Covid19, CoVy, Corona, Wuhan virus, Chinese virus or whatsoever, it is just a forged name, a moniker temporarily put on you to easily address each other.
May I be a protector for those who are without protectors, a guide for travelers, and a boat, a bridge, and a ship for those who wish to cross over!
May I be a lamp for those who seek light, a bed for those who seek rest, and may I be a servant for all beings who desire a servant.
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