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Compassionate Action Sites

BCIMS has a Karuna (compassion) Sangha Support group to assist those in our sangha who may need help for various reasons from time to time. It's an opportunity for us to practice generosity, compassionate action and to support each other in concrete, caring ways.

For example, if there’s a sudden or prolonged illness, surgery or other unexpected crisis. In short, it's an opportunity to live the dharma, and the meaning of sangha, which is community.

We can also offer spiritual care in the form of home or hospital visits for those experiencing grief, loss, transition, or crisis who would welcome any of the following: compassionate listening, someone to meditate with, guided meditation, chanting or Healing Touch.

"Joanne Broatch and I personally experienced the generosity of this group. At that time we had both undergone surgery and needed support in various ways: I needed someone to stay with me for the first few days at home; we both needed people to supply a few hot evening meals and someone to take us to the occasional doctor's appointment. We felt supported and cared for at a vulnerable time. This is a valuable and important service to offer and it builds a stronger, caring sangha."

If you would like to offer help from time to time or if you are in need of support please contact

Bringing the dharma into daily life is how we manifest the naturally compassionate and altruistic heart. When we are aware of the abundance in which we live, it’s easy to to do this and to take advantage of the many opportunities available beyond the home and workplace.

BCIMS encourages and supports volunteering and involvement in existing groups that further the values of generosity and heartfulness. We encourage involvement in community projects such as those under the banner of Engaged Buddhism, Food Banks, Community Kitchens, and ”Runs”; as well as initiating specific projects in the dharma community, such as sit-a-thons, car-washes, and social fund raisers (usually in support of overseas Buddhist communities).

Buddhist Peace Fellowship

The Buddhist Peace Fellowship aspires to help beings liberate themselves from the suffering that manifests in individuals, relationships, institutions, and social systems. BPF’s programs, publications, and practice groups link Buddhist teachings of wisdom and compassion with progressive social change.

One Earth Sangha

Go to One Earth Sangha, to explore how Buddhist teachings can inform and support awakening and response to climate change and other threats to our shared home, through education, sustainable living and advocacy.

Buddhist Global Relief Fund

Founded by Bhikkhu Bodhi, BGR is an interdenominational organization comprising people of different Buddhist groups who share the vision of a Buddhism actively committed to the task of alleviating social and economic suffering.

Green Sangha

Green Sangha is an organization that brings spiritual practice and environmental work together to heal our planet. Their mission is to bring healing to ourselves, one another, and the earth through thoughts, words, and actions rooted in love.

Compassionate Action Sites
  • Greater Vancouver Food Bank. Volunteer with or donate to the GVFB, which helps feed more than 26,000 people each week.

  • Buddhist Peace Fellowship. Through BPF, Buddhists of many different traditions are developing individual and group responses to socially conditioned suffering.

  • Zen Peacemaker Community. A global civil society of organizations and individuals around the world working for social transformation.

  • Global Volunteer Network. A great organization that offers volunteer opportunities in community projects throughout the world.

  • Sign the Buddhist Declaration for Climate Change All concerned members of the international Buddhist community are invited to study the document and add their voice by signing the Declaration.

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