managed by Christiane U. (Communication)
The aim of Bodhicharya Deutschland e.V. encompasses study and practice of Buddhist teachings in order to cultivate mental peace and stability, promotion of beneficient and charitable purposes, and fostering intercultural and interreligious dialogue.
Bodhicharya Center in the Berlin borough of Friedrichshain strives to be open and friendly, a place for tranquility, meditation, and social encounters, offering a varied program of courses, lectures, and social projects to engage in. All of Bodhicharya’s activities are based on the principles of “Helping, Healing, and Harmony” and depend on the collective effort of many volunteers.
Bodhicharya’s vision is to make Tibetan philosophy and culture accessible to western people and to establish a Center for Peace and Understanding in Berlin.
Bodhicharya Deutschlanf e.V. (Bodhicharya Germany), successor to the center Theksum Tashi Chöling, was founded in 2001 and is recognized as a charitable organization. Bodhicharya means “enlightened activity”. The name is intended to encourage people to base their actions on compassion and wisdom. This motivation is symbolized by the emblem of the gestures of three hands united by ornamental lines. It was created by the Tibetan artist Salga.
Bodhicharya Deutschland e.V. and Bodhicharya International are under the spiritual
guidance of H.E. Ringu Tulku Rinpoche and follow the non-sectarian approach of the “Rime” movement. The Bodhicharya Berlin Centre is under the auspices of H.H. the 17th Karmapa who has visited the centre in June 2014.
Bodhicharya Deutschland focusses on four objectives :
1. STUDY AND PRACTICE of the Buddhist teachings in order to cultivate mental peace and inner qualities such as concentration, compassion, and wisdom.
2. SOCIAL ACTIVITIES serving the benefit of others while being an exercise of generosity and ethics. There is an outpatient hospice service which also provides training in end-of-life care, and a wide range of offers to the public, such as lectures on related subjects, special training for those dealing with dementia, and courses and support for prison-inmates and ex-convicts. A youth program organizes on-site international summer work camps of the Service Civil International (SCI).
3. INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE
Bodhicharya stages events of interreligious dialogue, participates in the “Berlin Dialogue of the Religions” initiated by the Berlin Senate, and accepts invitations to interreligious dialogue to promote harmony and understanding among the religions.
4. BUDDHISM, ENVIRONMENT AND ANIMAL RIGHTS.
The Buddha pointed to the delicate balance between humankind and nature. Active
environmental protection is an important part of our self-conception. The environmentalist organization NABU has been accompanying Bodhicharya for several years with regard to urban climate issues and is recording the results in a photo documentation. In 2010, Bodhicharya, as one of only five projects nationwide, was selected for the research program “Urban Strategies for Climate Change”.
THE BODHICHARYA CENTRE BERLIN
is operated mainly by unpaid volunteers. Nearly the entire program – with the exception of guest events and “Yoga for All” – is offered on the basis of the Dana principle, voluntary generosity.
Dear friends -
THANK YOU so much for suppoting the RIGUL TRUST.
Your generosity, kindness and CONSCIOUS ACTION is making a difference in TIBET.
It's Christmas season. Like every year we are doing our CAN-Xmas Campaign.
You have an opportunity to give special presents to share your love with your friends and family and with the world. So - if you are still looking for a last minute Christmas Gift - watch this FILM:
In particular we want to tell you about our upcoming endevour to put the power of the sun into the hands of children in South America who don't have access to electricity.
Please WATCH this FILM:
This project works on so many levels.
It doesn't only BRING LIGHT - it also brings:
• environmental consciousness
• sustainable development
and it is a great example how art can serve humanity.
That's exactly our motivation as CAN-filmmakers -
that's why we created the Conscious Action Network.
"ARTISTS HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY TO SERVE HUMANITY"
• Dalai Lama •
"THE ARTISTIC POTENTIAL IS NOT IN THE OBJECT AS SUCH,
IT IS IN THE WAY THE OBJECT PRODUCES REALITY"
• Olafur Eliasson • founder of LITTLE SUN •
I hope you participate in this PROJECT of LIGHT and help to make it happen -
because TOGETHER WE CAN
And since I am on a quotation marathon - I don't want to miss His Holiness the Karmapa,
who has been auspiciously instrumental in the creation of CAN:
"WHO IS THE HERO WHO CAN SAVE THE WORLD? - IT IS YOU."
• Karmapa •
I asked His Holiness in an interview to comment on this quote of his.
HERE is his answer, which happens to be a perfect definition of the CAN perspective:
We wish you a BLESSED CHRISTMAS full of LOVE and a HAPPY NEW YEAR for all beings.
Founder / Director
Conscious Action Network