Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Buddhist Global Relief

I'd like to bring to your attention the aid charity "Buddhist Global Relief" which runs projects in the Buddhist homeland countries as well as Afghanistan & Pakistan, South Africa, the United States and Haiti.

Following an essay that Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi wrote for Buddhadharma magazine on the active dimension of Buddhist compassion expressed through programs of social engagement, several of his students resolved to form a Buddhist relief organization dedicated to alleviating the suffering of the poor and disadvantaged in the developing world, Buddhist Global Relief.

Here is Bhikkhu Bodhi explaining the founding and aims of BGR.

The mission of Buddhist Global Relief (BGR) is to provide relief to the poor and needy throughout the world regardless of nationality, ethnicity, gender, or religion. Bearing in mind the Buddha's statements that "hunger is the worst kind of illness" and "the gift of food is the gift of life," BGR especially focuses on providing food aid to those afflicted by hunger and lack of food security. Its long-range goal, however, is to combat all the manifestations of poverty that detract from the inherent dignity of human life.

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