NBW's practices of meditation, ethics and deep understanding are engaged with ordinary lives and the local and global society we live in now. The teachings of the Buddha were socially transformative in his own time: questioning gender roles, class and hierarchy, dogmatic religion and ritual, war and the meaning of work, and the treatment of animals. It can still be transformative at all levels. We can all think and do more about what we are, who we are, what kind of work we do and how it impacts on the lives of humans, animals and plants. These links on ethical living, peace initiatives and social justice reflect this engaged approach:
Buddhist Global Relief
For relieving the suffering of the poor and disadvantaged around the world.
The Vegetarian Society Eating meat brings mass cruelty to animals, damages your own health and is destroying the planet. See the scientific facts. The alternative is to eat nutritious and delicious vegetarian food, and grow vegetables. http://www.vegsoc.org/
Centre for Alternative Technology Practical solutions to environmental problems to carry us into the twenty-first century http://www.cat.org.uk
Slow food http://www.slowfood.com/ Eco-gastronomy – a recognition of the strong connections between plate and planet. Slow Food tastes good, produced in a way that does not harm the environment, animal welfare or our health, and is produced by farmers that receive fair compensation for their work.
Slow Cities http://www.cittaslow.org.uk/ The Cittaslow approach involves living life at a human scale, respecting and supporting the environment and local traditions and preserving them for current and future generations to enjoy. Cittaslow UK is 'led' by Ludlow, the first town in the UK to be admitted to the Cittaslow network.