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Postby Yllyrryon » Wed May 12, 2010 10:11 pm

Looking for a list or lists of Buddhist charities.

Many thanks in advance to any who can help!
"The Buddha is rightly self-awakened - the Dhamma, well taught - and the Noble Sangha, worthy of honor." Translation by Ven. Thanissaro
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Re: Charities

Postby sukhamanveti » Wed May 12, 2010 10:44 pm

Hello. Here are a few.

Charities Founded by Theravada Buddhists

Buddhist Relief Mission provides assistance and supplies to hospitals and to orphanages, funds schools, provides emergency relief, and offers aid to Burmese refugees fleeing from a brutal dictatorship into India. The charity also helps to rehabilitate prisoners in the U.S. who want to practice Buddhism in prison and heal their minds.
http://www.brelief.org/

Buddhist Global Relief was founded by Bhikkhu Bodhi to fight global hunger.
http://buddhistglobalrelief.org/main.html

Khmer Buddhist Relief provides food, wells, shelter, and schools to people in need in Cambodia.
http://www.khmerbuddhistrelief.org/index.htm

Dhamma Moli protects, shelters, and educates vulnerable girls in Nepal.
http://www.dhammamoli.org/
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Sīlaṃ āvudhamuttamaṃ.
Sīlamābharaṇaṃ seṭṭhaṃ.
Sīlaṃ kavacamabbhutaṃ.


Virtue is a matchless power.
Virtue is the greatest weapon.
Virtue is the best adornment.
Virtue is a wonderful armor.

Theragatha 614


Sabbapāpassa akaraṇaṃ,
kusalassa upasampadā,
Sacittapariyodapanaṃ,
etaṃ buddhāna sāsanaṃ.


Refraining from all wrong-doing,
Undertaking the good,
Purifying the mind,
This is the teaching of the buddhas.

Dhammapada v. 183/14.5
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Re: Charities

Postby Yllyrryon » Wed May 12, 2010 11:08 pm

Thank you, sukhamanveti! :thanks:
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Re: Charities

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Re: Charities

Postby Kim OHara » Thu May 13, 2010 2:20 am

There was a thread here on DW a few months ago which listed a few more charities. I couldn't find it a moment ago, but perhaps a more determined search would locate it.
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Re: Charities

Postby Dan74 » Thu May 13, 2010 2:31 am

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Re: Charities

Postby Yllyrryon » Fri May 14, 2010 9:20 pm

To appicchato, Kim and Dan: thanks for your responses! I will review all of these.
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Re: Charities

Postby Tex » Fri May 14, 2010 9:32 pm

Kim O'Hara wrote:There was a thread here on DW a few months ago which listed a few more charities. I couldn't find it a moment ago, but perhaps a more determined search would locate it.
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I think this is the one you're referring to: viewtopic.php?f=8&t=2096
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Re: Charities

Postby Annapurna » Fri May 14, 2010 10:02 pm

Yllyrryon wrote:Looking for a list or lists of Buddhist charities.

Many thanks in advance to any who can help!


What's the difference between Buddhist charities and non Buddhist charities...? :thinking: :shrug:
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Re: Charities

Postby cooran » Fri May 14, 2010 10:10 pm

Annapurna wrote:
Yllyrryon wrote:Looking for a list or lists of Buddhist charities.

Many thanks in advance to any who can help!


What's the difference between Buddhist charities and non Buddhist charities...? :thinking: :shrug:


Good question. Mostly no difference ~ maybe just in focus. Some international charities may not be interested in, say, making Dhamma Books available free of charge, or providing dana for the support of monks.

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Re: Charities

Postby sattva » Sat May 15, 2010 2:32 am

Personally, i would like to give to charities, especially those that deal with hunger and other relief efforts that:

1. Don't involve the killing of animals.
2. Don't require people to listen to religious doctrines (or convert) in order to receive aid. I heard conservative Christians talk about using the Haiti earthquake to further their own agenda.

If a charity doesn't use a disaster to further its own religious agenda, i could give to it. How are the ones listed in previous posts on these two points?
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Re: Charities

Postby Kim OHara » Sat May 15, 2010 6:52 am

Tex wrote:
Kim O'Hara wrote:There was a thread here on DW a few months ago which listed a few more charities. I couldn't find it a moment ago, but perhaps a more determined search would locate it.
:namaste:
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I think this is the one you're referring to: http://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=2096

Thanks, Tex. It is relevant but it isn't the one I'm thinking of.
I just looked through it again because of Sattva's question, because I remember someone posting a link to a site which assessed the effectiveness of various charities, and that isn't in the thread you found.
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It's still a mystery - sorry, Sattva!

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Re: Charities

Postby Annapurna » Sat May 15, 2010 7:32 am

cooran wrote:
Annapurna wrote:
Yllyrryon wrote:Looking for a list or lists of Buddhist charities.

Many thanks in advance to any who can help!


What's the difference between Buddhist charities and non Buddhist charities...? :thinking: :shrug:


Good question. Mostly no difference ~ maybe just in focus. Some international charities may not be interested in, say, making Dhamma Books available free of charge, or providing dana for the support of monks.

with metta
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Thank you, Chris.

Meritable!

But where would the money for printing the books and feeding the monks come from?

Transparency here would be important for the donator I feel. We hear so often that donated money doesn't arrive where it was supposed to go.

It's interesting for me, because I am at present looking for a rain forest organisation, I may have found one, but need to find out more.

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Re: Charities

Postby pilgrim » Sat May 15, 2010 8:18 am

If it is of interest to anyone, I run Dhamma Aid Cambodia http://www.parami.org/dhammaaidcambodia/. We are not a registered charity...It has been a private project funded by friends and family. If you are not uncomfortable with that, donations are welcome.
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