Donations Fill ‘Buddah Boxes’ To Help Community
Ipswich Buddhist Centre collected for Lighthouse Women’s Refuge and Ipswich Outreach to help support those in need over the winter holiday.
The idea to help those less fortunate is rooted in Buddhist ethics of ‘dana’, giving generously. The Sangha (Buddhist Community) led by order member Dayasara, decided to launch a Christmas campaign to collect items to go into ‘Buddha Boxes’ containing clothes for the winter such as hats, gloves, jeans and socks as well as crisps and chocolate bars to be given to the homeless.
Dayasara states: “The project is important because it gives some support to vulnerable people. Equally, it helps us as Buddhists to take our values ‘beyond the meditation cushion’ and out into the wider world.”
The project involved members of the Triratna Buddhist Community along with friends and family of the centre. At the end of such a tough year, acts of generosity are needed and appreciated more than ever. Ipswich Outreach runs a soup kitchen, a nightly outreach programme formed in 1992 serving the homeless and needy within the town. With an army of over 200 volunteers, The Soup Kitchen goes out every night of the week with food, drink and essentials.
The Lighthouse Charity is a refuge which offers safe and secure temporary accommodation for women and their children away from domestic abuse. Refuge staff endeavour to support women and their children to recover from the traumatic effects of domestic abuse and prepare them to live independently and safely in the future.
Nick Green (pictured) is a member of the Ipswich Buddhist Community and part of the project. Nick explains: “Our Kula is overwhelmed by the generosity of our Sangha for the biggest collection yet. We have made a real difference by providing tangible assistance to two local charities doing their best to provide help and support to both women in crisis and to those in Ipswich who are struggling for something to eat and with staying warm and dry, which many of us take for granted. We are extremely grateful to all those who have donated and given their time to collect, sort and deliver.”
If you are interested in becoming involved with future community outreach projects or would like to learn more about Buddhism, meditation or generosity within Ipswich Sangha, please visit: www.ipswichbuddhistcentre.org.uk.