INEB Newsletter April 2024

INEB Newsletter April 2024
Dear INEB Friends,
Amongst the Buddhist calendar festivities of April we also heard unfortunate news that those close to us have moved to the next life. On Tuesday, April 15th, the founder of the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement Dr. A. T. Ariyaratne died aged 92. Just a few days earlier on April 11th, we saw the passing of Venerable Samana Bhodirak, the founder and spiritual leader of the Santi Asoke Buddhist Community. In this April 2024 edition we celebrate their lives, as well as showcasing INEB activities, a visit from Arigatou International and previewing upcoming events.
With mettā,
International Network of Engaged Buddhists 
In Memory of Dr. A.T Ariyaratne
1931- 2024
The socially engaged Buddhist leader and founder of the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement, Dr. A. T. Ariyaratne died on Tuesday aged 92. His passing leaves a profound legacy of spiritual leadership, social empowerment, and compassionate service. The father of six children and a devout Buddhist, Dr Aritaratne was active in Sri Lankan politics and community development throughout his life. He passed away at a private hospital in Colombo while undergoing treatment. A funeral with State honours was held at the Independence Square in Colombo.
“May He Attain the Supreme Bliss of Nibbana!”  – Sarvodaya Movement
In Memory of Venerable Samana Bhodirak
1934- 2024
Venerable Samana Bhodirak, the founder and spiritual leader of the Santi Asoke Buddhist community in Thailand, has died of natural causes aged 89. Santi Asoke (meaning “Peaceful Asoka”) is a Theravada Buddhist movement that has established a number of self-sustaining ascetic communities and monasteries across Thailand. The movement has also founded a series of social welfare projects, among them second-hand stores, farmer’s markets, and a restaurant that provides free meals to those in need.
Arigatou Exposure Trip to Mae Sot & Bangkok 6-10 April
This month, Arigatou International came to visit INEB and SEM. 
Arigatou’s director of End Child Poverty, Fred Nyabera said: 
“We just wrapped up an unforgettable journey in Thailand, filled with enriching experiences and impactful connections! Our visit to Mae Sot and Bangkok was nothing short of extraordinary, thanks to the warm hospitality of our incredible friends and partners.” 
The event was attended by Hesha Perera and Fred Nyabera from Arigatou, Opor Srisuwan and Nonglak Kaeophokha from INEB.
GlobalGiving Fundraiser
We wish to thank everyone who donated to our 
April GlobalGiving campaigns!
The innovative School of English for Engaged Social Service (SENS) trains young adults to take leadership for sustainability of the planet, of our societies, and of the human spirit. There’s still time to donate any amount to these important projects.

Memorial Anniversary of Pracha Hutanuwatr’s Return to Nature

On Monday, May 13th we’ll gather at Wongsanit Ashram to pay tribute and continue the inspiring work of Pracha Hutanuwatr. Ajarn Sulak will lead the memorial speeches.

Social Ethics Study Group in Japan
Ms. Anchalee will represent INEB at an event in Japan next month which aims to discuss “Issues of Buddhist social ethics in modern Japan”
Body, Mind, Spirit: Northern Thailand Yatra
Join us on a transformative journey of mind, body, and spirit in Northern Thailand from July 1st – 6th, 2024! Immerse yourself in community, radical learning, and personal transformation with Vimukt Shiksha Yatra. Experience the tranquility of nature, engage with ancient traditions, and share insights in circle gatherings. Accommodations range from Karen tribe home-stays to meditation retreat centers. Your generosity supports accessibility for all. Are you ready to stretch your comfort zone and embrace holistic wellness? Register by May 20th! Contact Harsh at [email protected] or WhatsApp +919958311401. Let’s embark on this journey together! 
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