We believe that through the simple yet profound practices of contemplation, cultivation and compassion we become healthier, happier and more engaged human beings. We move closer towards fulfilling our potential. Our particular approach centres on engaging with each individuals personal life experiences and insights.
The network’s first public involvement was to become official members of the Make Poverty History campaign, an international drive to combat global poverty. The campaign was focused around the G8 conference, which took place in July of 2005. The conference did make significant moves towards ending the immoral debts of the world’s poorest countries and bringing about fairer trade. A change the network is very proud to have played a role in. This however is an ongoing process and there is still much injustice and exploitation that must be addressed. Towards this end the Shahmai Network will continue to be involved in positive social change based around its core spiritual beliefs and practices, which are rooted in a humanitarian world view.
We believe that small spiritually focused anarchist communities are the best basis for both a vision of a future society and a way of life that supports spiritual exploration.
We believe nonviolence is key to creating true and lasting change within ourselves and society. Violence not only prevents our communities from finding peace, it can also prevent us from becoming truly empowered, the very thing that many seek through acts of violence.
The Shahmai Network believes in equality for all, with no discrimination on the basis of gender, race, class, sexuality or religion etc. We support human rights as outlined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
The Shahmai Network advocates a vegan lifestyle and the philosophy of animal liberation for many reasons, including: A belief that it is immoral to exploit or take the life of an animal when it is clear that we can live without doing so. We believe that as humans we possess moral understanding and therefore should extend respect, compassion and protection to other species. We also believe that there are many positive health and spiritual benefits from a meat and diary free diet, as well as the likely environmental benefits of replacing the use of animals in farming. We believe that veganism is a natural extension of the philosophy of non-violence and the basis of the development of greater compassion.
The environment is also key to Shahmai philosophy and we take active steps to live in a more harmonious way. This includes the support of organic low-impact farming and production wherever possible. We believe that reducing our use of resources and consumption is a part of spiritual practice. Nature is the source of every life on this planet, we believe it to be our most direct and sacred route to the transcendent.