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Buddhadharma : Summer 2008
mahasangha news 89 summer 2 00 8 buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly ■ ShAron SALzBerg (above) will lead an all-day public pro- gram and evening fundraiser on May 31 in Boulder, Colorado, to support the upcoming third an- nual “Courageous Women, Fear- less Living” retreat for women living with cancer. The retreat will be held August 19 to 24 at the Shambhala Mountain Center, near Fort Collins, led by Judy Lief, Dr. Victoria Maizes, Linda Sparrowe, and others. ■ The first-ever dem- ocratic elections were held in the Buddhist country of BhutAn in late March, electing a staunch roy- alist, Jigmi Thinley, as president. Thinley, the head of the Bhutan United Party, was one of the archi- tects of the Gross National Hap- piness scale, an effort to measure Bhutan’s growth and prosperity in terms of happiness. Under the country’s new draft constitution, the 27-year-old former king, Jigme Keshar Namgyal Wangchuck, as- sumed the role of head of state. Many Bhutanese were hesitant to break with tradition, preferring Bhutan to remain a traditional monarchy. Thousands of people of Indian and Nepalese origin were also refused the right to vote be- cause they are considered illegal immigrants in the country. ■ An award-winning documentary on the life of dAiSetz teitAro (d.t.) SuzuKi (right) is now avail- able on DVD at www.martygross- fims.com. The scholar, translator, and author had a profound influ- ence on many up-and-coming American luminaries, including Carl Jung, Erich Fromm, Thomas Merton, Martin Heidegger, Rob- ert Aitken, John Cage, Allen Gins- berg, and Gary Snyder. In A Zen Life, filmmaker Michael Goldberg interviews students, academics, (From left to right) Phap Luu, Phap Lai, Phap Thanh, and Dennis Howard pose in front of one of Deer Park’s recently installed solar panels. deer pArK goeS SoLAr By Andrea Miller now that it has fully converted to solar energy, Deer park Monastery will be releasing 120 fewer tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year. brother phap thanh, one of the organizers of the conversion, says the idea originally came from Deer park’s teacher and founder, thich nhat hanh. “thay is always trying to inspire people to find ways to live more in harmony with the environment, so he’s very happy we’ve had this opportunity.” Deer park, located in escondido, california, celebrated the installation of the solar panels with a cer- emony on february 10. “the monks and nuns did walking meditation up to the largest of the three solar arrays,” says brother phap Luu, who was also involved with the project. installing the arrays is just one of the many ecological projects underway at Deer park. other initiatives include converting three diesel-powered cars to run on vegetable oil, instituting a weekly car-free day, and undertaking a large-scale composting project. brother phap Luu says that one of the most satisfying aspects of working on these ecological projects is seeing how they inspire others. “When people come here they think, if the monks and nuns are doing this, why don’t i?” LizaMattheWsronforesterMihoKooKaMura