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Buddhadharma : Spring 2006
buddhadharma| 95 |spring 2006 noncommercial venture started by Jampa Lathsang to promote peace and teach schoolchildren about Tibetan culture. Lathsang, a Tibetan immigrant who came to the U.S. in 1992, runs an Internet business that sells Tibetan handi crafts. He designed the prayer flag kit for children after being invited into a number of classrooms to speak about Tibet, its culture, and prayer flags. Distributed at cost, the kit includes thirty blank, mul ticolored cloth flags and string. The students design the flags with a message for peace, and then they are sewn onto the string and hung so that the flags flutter in the wind, which, according to Tibetan tradition, releases the prayers. “The variety of hopes and wishes that are put on the flags is very touching,” Lathsang says. The kits can be ordered online at www. TibetanPrayerFlag.com. ■ the project on Being With DYing offers its annual training program for health care workers at the Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico, March 24–31. The program trains physicians, nurses, social workers, hospice workers, and clergy to bring “compassionate care” to their home institutions. In addition to “enhancing basic clinical compe tencies,” the eightday program introduces innovative approaches in the psychological and spiritual aspects of care of the dying. Joan Halifax, Barbara Dossey, Larry Dossey, Fleet Maull, and Cynthia Rushton are among this year’s faculty and presenters. ■ A max- imum-SecuritY peniten- tiarY in Salem, Oregon, was the site last September for the first introductory Shambhala Training meditation program delivered in prison. Twentyone men com pleted the twoday program, a collaborative effort between the Shambhala Prison Community (SPC) and Chaplain Karuna Thompson of the Oregon Depart ment of Corrections (DOC). Shambhala Training is offered as a stepwise path of meditation weekends, and levels two through five will be delivered over the next year at the same facility. The Ore gon DOC is constructing a new chapel facility in the Oregon State Penitentiary that will include a “contemplation room” stocked with meditation cushions. if you hAVe NewS you wish to include in the Summer 2006 issue of MahaSangha News, please contact us by March 20. Send your information by mail, or by e-mail to: email@example.com. StiLLpointS is a virtual U.K. community that brings meditation and mindfulness practices to those living with illness or suffering from chronic pain. “Left to a life pared down to the essentials,” the site explains, “we have to develop what is for some a new skill: to be rather than do.” The site – www.still- points.org.uk – presents meditation instructions, articles on dealing with illness in a mindful way, a public notice board, reviews of helpful books, tapes, and CD’s, and links to other resources. There is also a virtual meditation group and an enewsletter you can sign up for. The BuDDhiSt peace FeLLoW- Ship, established in 1978, is a non sectarian alliance dedicated to “bringing peace where there is con flict, promoting communication and cooperation among Buddhist sanghas, and alleviating suffering wherever possible.” You can follow the activities of the “engaged Bud dhism” movement by visiting the BPF homepage: www.bpf.org, which is regularly updated with news and notices of upcoming events and “actions” (for example, the BPF organized a “bearing witness” vigil in December in support of clemency for former Black Panther Stanley “Tookie” Williams). You can also browse selected articles from the archives of the BPF’s lively journal Turning Wheel. The oFFice oF hiS hoLineSS the DaLai Lama has launched an official site of the fourteenth Dalai Lama: www.dalailama.com, which includes an extensive biography, teachings, and the latest news from his office. Two of the site’s most interesting sections are the “Mes sages/Speeches” section, which posts recent public talks by the Dalai Lama, and the “FAQ,” in which the Dalai Lama responds to frequently asked questions about his per sonal life, the role of the Dalai Lama, China–Tibet relations, and more. The photo gallery will satisfy many appetites for highquality photos of His Holiness. And for those who just can’t get enough details, the site provides complete lists of His Holiness’ books, travels, and the dignitaries he’s met with. The northWeSt Dharma aSSo- ciation is a network of Buddhist centers in the Pacific northwest that have banded together to “promote communication among Buddhist groups and the larger community, and sponsor activities of interest and benefit to Northwest Bud dhists.” The NWDA website – www. nwdharma.org – supports that mission by providing a regularly updated calendar of Buddhist retreats, classes, and events in the region, and also a directory of Buddhist organizations. For those who want to learn more about the Buddhist communities represented here, you can browse the many articles and interviews from NWDA’s newsletter that are posted on the site. There is also a “Family Dharma” section and a “Youth Project” section, which many will find helpful. Dharma on the WeB Volume Four, Number 3, Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly (ISSN: 1499-9927, USPS 020-836) is published quarterly for $24/year US, $36 CDN Canada & $36 USD International, by Shambhala Sun, 1345 Spruce St., Boulder, CO 80302-4886 USA. Periodical postage paid at Boulder, CO and at additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly, PO Box 3377, Champlain, NY 12919-3377. Printed in Canada. © 2005 Shambhala Sun. All rights reserved. Canada Post Publication Mail Agreement #40018157. Canadian Postmaster: Send undeliverable copies to: 1660 Hollis St., Suite 603, Halifax, NS, Canada, B3J 1V7. DAVIDMBROOK