BCV News – September 2020
Contents of the BCV September 2020 Newsletter
New library at the BCV Mitcham Office
Spiritual Health Care by Ven. Hojun Futen
Prison Spiritual Care
Faith Communities Supporting Healthy Relationships by Jessica Wilson
A Buddhist Response to the Covid 19 Pandemic – Message from BCV President, Ven. Thich Phuoc Tan
COVID 19 Information Guide for Buddhist Organisations
- COVID19-Info-Guide-Buddhist-Orgs-Communities – This guide is to help you stay safe and support your community through these difficult times.
- April 2020 update on live streaming and religious services – Contains an excerpt from the Prime Minister’s media statement of 3 April 2020.
- Closure of places of worship and dana offering (Updated 13 April 2020) – Following the announcement from the Deputy Chief Health Officer, from noon 23rd March 2020 places of worship are now closed to the public. All Buddhist temples should now be acting in accordance with this directive. Contact us for more information.
Religion and ceremony:
If you suspect you may have coronavirus (COVID-19) call the dedicated hotline – open 24 hours, 7 days. Visit https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus
Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only
- COVID-19: Important Information For The Buddhist Community
- Human Rights and Buddhism
- Buddhist Climate Change Action Kit
- BCV Policy On Managing Sexual Abuse and Harassment
Public health multilingual campaign resources
Making sure every Victorian understands what they can do to reduce their risk of coronavirus, is key to slowing its spread. The Victorian Government have launched a communications campaign across multicultural and in-language radio, print and social media. They have also made the materials from this campaign available for community groups to share with their networks.
Support services during the coronavirus crisis: A list of support services to assist you, your family and neighbours during the coronavirus outbreak.
“Instead of a language of rights, Buddhism proposes a holistic view of an interdependent world where everybody matters. Everyone has the same aspirations for happiness, the same experience of suffering …”
writes Dr Diana Cousens, is Secretary of the Buddhist Council of Victoria and is a member of the Victorian Government’s Multifaith Advisory Group. She has a PhD in Himalayan Studies from Monash University and publishes on Engaged Buddhism and the Tibetan treasure tradition. She is the Founding President of Sakyadhita Australia (2016-2017), an organisation representing Buddhist women, and is an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Catholic University.
Buddhist Climate Change Action Kit
Climate change is the defining issue of our time, and religious and spiritual leaders have a key role to play in tackling this issue and spreading compassion and care for our environment with all the myriad of sentient beings dependent on a functioning healthy ecosystem. Inspired by the quest to see things how they really are, Buddhism equips its followers to accept the confronting science of climate change.
Download the Buddhist_Climate_Action_Kit
The Buddhist Council of Victoria advises its member temples and centres that it is in their interests to adopt a policy to manage sexual harassment and child abuse.
Buddhist temples and centres need to be prepared to manage potential problems in an organised and planned way. The aim of the policy is to help to plan a response based on individual temple’s needs and circumstances and to think about the issues. The Council notes that sexual abuse and harassment are non-virtuous actions and in conflict with the Buddhist precept regarding sexual misconduct. The Buddhist Council advises all member organisations that they must comply with government requirements, such as the Working With Children Check.