Statement of Mission, Vision and Goals
Our spiritual leader Ajahn Brahm often advises to ask the emperor’s three questions when considering what is most important in life:
What is the most important time? Now
Who are the most important people? Whoever you are with
What is the most important thing to do? To Care
In this time of global upheaval and uncertainty, with increasing levels of stress and isolation, our practising community is well placed to offer the sanity and wisdom of the Buddha’s teachings for the benefit of our membership and the wider community.
To this end, our mission is to establish a Care Group within the Buddhist Society of WA that is able to offer practical and compassionate services that will provide real help to alleviate suffering in the world.
We envision an active Care Group of Buddhist Society members, supported by training and protocols who are available to provide a range of Caring services that will reach a broad range of people in need.
Participating in the Care Group will be an opportunity for members to develop their own practice and cultivate the Four Brahmaviharas in our relationships by:
Cultivating Loving Kindness (Metta)
Developing Compassion and Empathy (Karuna)
Celebrating with Sympathetic Joy (Mudita) where possible
Working towards and to be with equanimity (Upekkha)
With ongoing training and support, the services of the Care Group will evolve and be able to adapt and respond to the changing needs of society.
Our Service Goals
Buddhist Care Line (Established 2020)
A telephone help line to provide a welcoming and safe listening & befriending service for our members & supporters to speak with our trained carers with openness and compassion.
The service is able to listen to callers who may be in distress, by utilising a referral and triage process which can access appropriate professional services where necessary.
Please note that the Buddhist Care Line is not a suicide hotline, crisis hotline, or mental health care service. As a listening service, we are not able to handle urgent crisis and encourage you to call 000 or Lifeline if you are experiencing suicidal ideation.
A trial period is planned to commence operations in 26 May 2020
Future Service Goals
Care Group Listening Space
A safe and welcoming physical space at our Nollamara centre set aside for those who wish to talk in person with a Care Group Worker. Referral services will be available, as with the Listening Service.
Care Group Home Visits
To visit those who may be feeling isolated in their homes. Visits by Care Workers will offer friendship and comfort as well as access to other supportive services.
Care Group Prison Visits
An extension of the current prison visit programme that will provide more opportunities for members to contribute.
Care Group response to community needs
It may be making up food hampers or donating goods, the Care Group will be able to identify times of need and call upon the generosity of the BSWA community for support.