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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Calling everyone interested in contributing to the life and work of the FWBO!

There’s three new jobs being advertised on FWBO Jobs. Have a look and tell your friends...

The first is for a new part-time member of the FWBO Development Team, working for the FWBO’s European Chairs Assembly and contributing in many different ways to the life and health of the network of Buddhist centres that make up the FWBO.

The second is a great opportunity to get involved at the start of a major new fundraising project, raising money from the world-wide FWBO sangha to support the core Dhamma work of TBMSG in India - especially those working for the men’s and women’s the ordination teams there. Buddhism is enjoying a major revival in India and TBMSG is one of the key players - your fundraising work could (and would) make a real difference.

And the third, there’s an opportunity (actually, several opportunities) to join the Karuna Trust and become part of their more general fundraising work for Dhamma and social projects across India.

Details of all three, including how to apply, are at www.fwbo-news.org/jobs .

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Sunday, September 07, 2008

New jobs on FWBO Jobs

Several new jobs have been advertised on FWBO News' sister site FWBO Jobs. There's openings for cooks, managers, and even to be the chair of one of our largest Buddhist centres! FWBO News says, "don't be shy, apply today..."


Sukhavati Community in London are also offering a near-complete set of Sangharakshita's talks on cassette, for free collection.

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Saturday, June 14, 2008

New opportunities on FWBO Jobs...

Several new jobs have been posted recently on FWBO Jobs; readers are invited to visit the FWBO Jobs site to check.

These include opportunities at Taraloka, the FWBO’s retreat centre for women - and the UK’s ‘Retreat Centre of the Year’ (for the second time in three years!); for a finance worker at the North London Buddhist Centre, and for some of the Karuna Appeals later in the year.

The London Buddhist Centre is appealing for “men and women of vision” to take it forwards into its second thirty years of life – there are a variety of openings both in the Centre itself and in the various Right Livelihoods that surround it – and last but by no means least – there’s an opening in Jvalamalini’s dental practice in Bristol! This may sound incongruous but actually, it isn’t – it’s ethical, team-based work and she would prefer to work with people who share her values.

Since FWBO Jobs was launched in November last year it has had some 2,800 visitors; it’s become the easiest ‘one-stop’ shop to see what opportunities are available across the FWBO.

Other changes
There have been significant changes recently to the FWBO News website itself; regular readers who use our Feedblitz news-feed service are invited to take time to visit the site and its several sections.

Among other things three separate search facilities have been added to make it possible to easily find any specific people or events across the FWBO’s extensive and somewhat sprawling network of websites. You'll find these on the Resources page of the site; they search, respectively, the FWBO News archive; or all FWBO centre websites (over 100 to date); or the 170+ personal websites listed on FWBO People. A rich and, now, very accessible resource! The Order itself - now well over 1,500 men and women - can be seen co-creating the image of Avalokitesvara on the Order Mosaic section of the site, each little tile is clickable to reveal the whole person...

A tag listing facility has also been added giving one-click access to all stories on particular themes: clicking (for instance) the ‘Engaged Buddhism’ tag brings up all previous FWBO News stories on that theme.

We've added four ‘volumes’ of previous stories from FWBO News, each covering a two-month period and available in an easily-printable PDF document form. These are ideal for Centre reception rooms - taken together they reflect the remarkable diversity of events and projects going on around the FWBO and TBMSG Sanghas. You can find these too on the Resources section of the site; we envisage adding further volumes every couple of months.

Finally, by visiting the site itself you'll also be able to admire our visit counter, which shows the number of visitors and which country they come from – we have had over 33,000 visitors from nearly 150 countries since November last year…!

Suggestions for further enhancements are of course welcome.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

A Right-Livelihood Land Project in the North East (UK)

An aerial photo of Buddhafield's new land at Frog Mill, in the Dartmoor National ParkA group is forming in the FWBO's Newcastle Sangha to explore the development of a new land-based community and work project informed by the Dharma. The instigator of this group, Andy Parkes, writes:

“What do I mean by ‘A Right-Livelihood Land Project’? And he answers –

“A group of people brought together by specific common ideals, particularly:
• Dharma (movement towards an integrated lifestyle with more harmony between livelihood, community and Buddhist practice)
• Environmental Ethics (movement towards increased ecological sustainability)
• A wish to develop the above, by living and/or working on some land together

“A project like this is group-led and for that reason it is not possible to be specific about its nature. For example, we might buy, borrow or rent land. We might set up a charity, a co-operative or many varying businesses on the land. We may or may not live on the land, and we may each have different levels of input into this project. Personally, I would like to give my attention to the Dharma, growing trees, organic food, greenwood working, music, teaching, building a low-impact dwelling for myself and others, and being part of a community I can give to and receive from. We have different skills and will each bring our own emphasis.

Why ‘A Right-Livelihood Land Project’
“Dharma is precious! It feeds us, and points the way to spiritual freedom. Spiritual development and ecological sustainability require a sustained commitment that is often not understood and resisted by our society. Keeping our ethical precepts, preparing ourselves for practice is more challenging when the way in which we support ourselves is replete with subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) contradictions to our beliefs. Land is precious in as much as, it feeds us and unobstructed access to it can lead to a high degree of practical freedom, resulting in less consumerism, more sharing and a responsible relationship to the earth. With practical freedom comes the ability to develop an integrated lifestyle, in which all of our activities can be conducive to spiritual development (Dharma), supporting ourselves in an ecologically sustainable way, and supporting our Buddhist (Sangha) and local community.

“Initially the group will be about getting to know each other and our interests in light of this project, and to see if and how we want to work together as a group. The timescale for developing this project is over months and years. Consolidating the group may take a long time, so don’t be immediately discouraged if you are interested but feel unprepared.”

If you are interested in the project but live outside Newcastle, please feel free to contact Andy at: andrew.parkes@sunderland.ac.uk

The photograph shows Buddhafield's new land at Frog Mill, in the Dartmoor National Park.

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Monday, February 11, 2008

New opportunities on FWBO Jobs; other changes to FWBO News' website

Several new jobs have been posted recently on FWBO Jobs; readers are invited to visit the FWBO Jobs site to check. These include posts at Windhorse:Evolution, the FWBO's largest and most successful Right Livelihood business, as well as volunteers needed for the upcoming FWBO International Retreat. In the past three months the site has had over 1,000 visitors from over 30 countries.

There have been significant changes recently to the FWBO News website; regular readers who use our Feedblitz news-feed service are invited to take time to visit the site itself.

Among other things three separate search facilities have been added to make it possible to easily find any reference to specific people or events across the FWBO’s extensive and somewhat sprawling network of websites. You will find these on the Resources page; they cover, respectively, the FWBO News archive; or all FWBO centre websites (over 100 to date); or the 170+ personal websites listed on FWBO People. A rich and, now, very accessible resource!

A tag listing facility has also been added giving one-click access to all stories on particular themes: clicking (for instance) the ‘Engaged Buddhism’ tag brings up all previous FWBO News stories on that theme.

We have added two ‘volumes’ of previous stories from FWBO News, each covering a two-month period and arranged in an easily-printable PDF document form. Taken together they reflect the remarkable diversity of events and projects going on around our Sangha. You can find these too on the Resources section of the site; we envisage adding further volumes every couple of months.

Finally, by visiting the site itself you'll also be able to admire our visit counter, which shows the number of visitors and which country they come from – we have had over 10,000 visitors from 99 countries since November…!

Suggestions for further enhancements are of course welcome.

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Saturday, October 20, 2007

FWBO Jobs - world-wide opportunities across the FWBO

FWBO Jobs is a sister web-site to FWBO News. It has recently expanded and now carries news of a variety of opportunities to join FWBO projects around the world, on a full-time or voluntary basis. Please check it regularly for updates.

Current opportunities include –

teaching English to the new Buddhists in India or Hungary;







the new FWBO Fundraiser’s post;









a commissioning editor for Windhorse Publications,







and an opportunity to join the team at the Vajraloka Meditation Retreat Centre in north Wales.




If you run an FWBO or TBMSG project and are seeking people to join you, either full or part time, for pay or as volunteers, please contact FWBO News. You can access FWBO Jobs any time either by clicking the 'Jobs' tab on FWBO News' website, or by visiting www.fwbo-news.org/jobs/jobs.html. Among other things the site contains a fairly comprehensive list of the many FWBO/TBMSG businesses around the world, from Tipu's Tiger vegetarian restaurant in Missoula Montana to english teaching in Berlin to Windhorse:Evolution in Cambridge UK.

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Saturday, September 01, 2007

Change and opportunity at Windhorse Publications

Windhorse Publications, the FWBO’s successful publishing company, is going in new directions. Jnanasiddhi, the present Director, says "As well as maintaining our current publishing of the FWBO tradition and bringing our movement’s evolving ideas into the world, we now have a new focus on flexibility and new sales."

This has led to TWO JOB OPPORTUNITIES - a Director/Commissioning Editor and a Sales and Marketing Manager. The salaries are negotiable and the jobs will be based in Cambridge.

Jnanasiddhi says "If you have an interest in books and publishing, good communications skills, ideas and commitment, IT and organisational skills and experience of business please contact, for further information, Sagaraghosa. The closing date is 30th September."

Help Spread the Precious Dharma through books!

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