We are a coalition of New York City area Buddhists, dedicated to bringing Buddhist morals and values into action in order to bring about true justice. Our Mission is to organize and inspire compassionate Buddhist initiatives in advancing social, economic, and environmental justice for the benefit of all beings, undertaken through advocacy and nonviolent direct action.
We meet on the first Monday of the month, 6:30-8:30pm at Union Theological Seminary in the Stewart Room (2nd Floor), located at 3041 Broadway, New York, NY, 10027. All are welcome.
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Sept 20, 2019: global climate strike
BAC Pre-Youth Climate Strike Buddhist Gathering
Friday, Sept 20, 10:30 am
Jacob Wrey Mould Fountain in City Hall Park NYC
On Friday, September 20, join us for a Buddhist-led event prior to the Youth Climate Strike. We will chant, sit, sing, and ring our bells for climate justice, then do a walking meditation to the gathering site of the Youth Climate Strike. Then we will spend the afternoon supporting the striking youth as they speak out loudly for their future and the future of our planet. Please bring a small bell if you have one, and feel free to wear any robe, rakusu or other visual sign of your practice for this event. If you are part of a Buddhist group coming from out of town and need a place to stay, DM us - we may be able to help.
You can RSVP here to let us know you're coming, or just show up.
Strike Start Location:
Foley Square, 1 Federal Plaza, NY, 10013
Route TBA by Strike organizers
If you join us at the march, look for the orange flag and banner image attached here to find us.
BAC Event: The Rohingya Genocide, a Panel Discussion
On Tuesday, May 21, a diverse crowd including many from the Buddhist and Muslim communities as well as Numerous Human Rights Organizations gathered at the at Union Theological Seminary to gain a deeper understanding of the current plight of the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar (Burma) and delve into the history of the atrocities being committed there. The event was created by The Buddhist Action Coalition and co-sponsored by The Buddhist Council of New York and Union Theological’s Thích Nhất Hạnh Program for Engaged Buddhism. The Buddhist magazine Lion’s Roar wrote up an article on the topic that included a bit about the event:
Organized and moderated by Buddhist Action Coalition members Eric Manigian and Chad DeChant, “The Rohingya Genocide: A Panel Discussion” featured distinguished speakers including Dr. Azeem Ibrahim, scholar and author of The Rohingyas: Inside Myanmar's Hidden Genocide, Ms. Khin Mai Aung, Cilvil Right Attorney and U.S. Coordinator of the Free Rohingya Coalition, Brother Adem Carroll, NY/UN Program Director of Burma Task Force, Ms. Ashley Aya Aye Dun, writer and activist, and Mr. Mohiuddin Mohamad-Yusof, President of the World Rohingya Organization and a survivor of the violence. Attendees gained an in depth knowledge of the history and development of the Genocide, the resulting mass exodus and current crisis conditions in the refugee camps. In recognition of Ramadan, an Iftar meal was shared at sunset.
The Buddhist Action Coalition would like to thank all those who came out that evening to deepen their understanding of this important issue. Please stay tuned for further updates and helpful links as we follow through with the Panel to find out what our community can do to help ease the suffering of the Rohingya people.
Some organizations to support:
Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Boarders)
Free Rohingya Coalition
Burma Task Force
World Rohingya Organization
IRAP International Refugee Assistance Project
BRAC Humanitarian Crisis Management
Photo credits: Amy Elizabeth Photography
This movement doesn't move without you. We have organizing meetings the first Monday of the month and will be organizing gatherings, actions, and retreats in the coming months. Whether you want to help build the coalition, walk with us at the next march, or just stay in touch with what we're up to, register for our mailing list to get all the latest! Sign up below, or if the form isn't showing up for you (which sometimes happens on mobile devices), you can sign up here.