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Buddhadharma : Spri 2007
buddhadharma| 95 |spring 2007 MaHaSangHa neWS A unique cocktail of Buddhism, TV’s The Daily Show, and a hint of National Enquire reporting, www. bigredbuddha.com offers satirical news reports about Buddhists and their world. Big red BuddHa creator/editor, Miso, mines Buddhist news and world events for his mat- erial, repackaging it with humor and sarcasm. Nothing is sacred or taboo. While the site pokes fun at the usual targets (such as President George W. Bush), it also takes aim at cherished figures such as the Dalai Lama and Pema Chödrön. Those who can laugh at themselves and their practice will get a chuckle (and some insight) from Big Red Buddha. Swiss photographer Manuel Bauer shares his warm, intimate photos of the 14th Dalai Lama at www. dalailama-archives.org. Bauer start- ed tHe PiCtorial Portrait ProjeCt in order to create a photographic history of the Dalai Lama and has been traveling the world with His Holiness for the last five years. Bauer captures beautiful scenes in his black-and-white photos and also manages to maintain the humanness of his subject, both in public and behind the scenes. The site also offers high-resolu- tion digital files and high-quality prints and postcards for sale. Wheth- er your purpose is professional or personal, this site offers a glimpse into the astonishing life of the Dalai Lama. The SHin dHarMa net is an online Shin resource created by Reverend Alfred Bloom, professor emeritus of religion at the Univer- sity of Hawaii, which offers plenty of history and texts about Shin Buddhism. A “cyber sangha” ser- vice is available on the site, www. shindharmanet.com, for those who can’t find a temple in their community (there is a $30 yearly membership fee to participate). The website also offers online courses, complete with readings, quizzes, and a link to send questions or com- ments to Dr. Bloom. While the site suffers aesthetically, with few visual elements to enliven its pages, its strength lies in the volume of informa- tion it provides about Shin Buddhism. A creation of the Central Tibetan Ad- ministration, the recently launched www.tibetonline.tv is a source for Tibet news and documentaries. The site provides hours of video footage and news reports to any- one interested in Tibetan life. The only drawback for Westerners is that commentaries are in Tibetan, and video picture quality varies depending on your computer sys- tem. However, tiBetonline.tv is a strong voice for Tibetans and a means for the CTA, based in Dharamsala, to share its views and concerns with the international community. effort between Mind and Life, the Santa Barbara Institute for Con- sciousness Studies, and the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. Alan Wal- lace led guided meditations on at- tention, metacognition, emotional regulation, and ethics. Participants included neuroscientists, research psychologists, and philosophers interested in learning “how Bud- dhist contemplative practices might inform their research into human brain function and behav- ior.” ■ Bhutanese athletes will be brushing up on their golf skills this spring. ed HanCZaryk (above), a practicing Buddhist and golf pro who lives in Nova Scotia, depart- ed in late December for a four- month trip to Thimpu, Bhutan’s capital, at the invitation of the Bhutanese king. Hanczaryk will teach at the Royal Thimpu Golf Course, described as the most re- mote course in the world. “Golf is a game of the mind,” says Hanczaryk. “Buddhism is a reli- gion of the mind. My life’s work has been to teach the game of golf, and now I will be teaching golf in a Buddhist kingdom.” (played by actor Tzi Ma, above) who, on the eve of his retirement, secretly plans to leave his wife and three grown daughters. The women managed to track him to an Upstate New York Buddhist monastery, where his mid-life cri- sis has fueled a spiritual quest. ■ dr. MedagaMa vajirag nana, head of the London Bud- dhist Vihara, died on December 29. A native of Sri Lanka, Vaji- ragnana for 20 years represented the Buddhist faith at the annual Commonwealth Day Observance at Westminster Abbey. ■ The Mind and life inStitute hosted back-to-back retreats for scientists in January. Spirit Rock Meditation Center was the venue for a sold-out, seven-day medita- tion retreat designed “by scien- tists for scientists,” led by Sylvia Boorstein, Guy Armstrong, and Sharon Salzberg. Mind-sciences researchers received training in meditation and investigated the “ways in which a rigorous and systematic approach to introspec- tion can inform scientific re- search.” The second six-day sci- entists’ retreat took place in Santa Barbara and was a collaborative If you have neWs Send your information by mail, or by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org. dHarMa on tHe WeB By Scott Armstrong CoURTESYLoNDoNBUDDhISTVIhARAmEDIAINFo@hoTmAIL.Com