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Buddhadharma : Summer 2005
buddhadharma| 89 |summer 2005 of Chocolate Genius, and the astonishing Antony (above), of Antony and the Johnsons, whom Glass introduced as “one of the most brilliant young singers I’ve heard in years.” I bought his sec- ond album, which was released the day after the concert, and his ghostlike, angelic voice has been haunting me ever since. ■ The United Nations’ ouTsTand- inG Women in Buddhism aWards were presented on March 7 in Bangkok, Thailand. The awards marked the 2005 United Nations’ International Women’s Day and recognized the efforts of twenty women world- wide who have helped to promote Buddhism. Among the recipients were Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of Burma’s National League for Democracy; Sri Lankan president Chandrika Kumaratunga; and Dr. Thynn Thynn (above), who established the Sae Taw Win II Dhamma Center in California. ■ The BuddhisT Peace felloWshiP is encouraging its members in the United States to help raise awareness of the need for the Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund Bill. The bill would allow taxpayers who are opposed to the United States’ wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to have their income, estate, or gift tax pay- ments spent on nonmilitary pur- poses only. In order to help the bill get passed, the Buddhist Peace Fellowship is asking its members to include a letter with their tax return, as well as to send letters to senators and congressional representatives to let them know they support the legislation. The fellowship will also hold a teen retreat from June 19-24 at the Land of the Medicine Buddha Retreat Center in Santa Cruz, California. The retreat will be hosted by teachers Diana Win- ston, Tempel Smith, and Marvin Belzer. Participants will practice mindfulness through walking and sitting meditation sessions, group discussions, metta prac- tice, yoga, and chi gong. Work- shops on writing and painting will also be offered. ■ The deeP sTreams insTiTuTe will hold its second annual retreat exploring the interplay of mind- fulness, psychotherapy, and the emerging field of interpersonal neurobiology from June 2-7 at the Mount Madonna Center in Watsonville, California. Entitled “Emotion Meets Spirit,” the retreat will include panel and group discussions, interactive dialogues, expressive arts per- formances, and meditation and yoga sessions. Presenters include Daniel Siegel, Anne Klein, Har- vey Aronson, Joseph Bobrow, and Polly Young-Eisendrath. ■ The WaT khemararam Snohomish Cambodian Bud- dhist Community in Lynnwood, Washington, is in the process of constructing a new temple (see architectural model below). The temple will be 51 feet in height and total 8,500 square feet, and will be situated on the communi- ty’s four-acre property. The main dharma on The WeB by Jeff Pardy www.buddhanet.net is a nonsectar- ian, not-for-profit website created to make the Buddha’s teachings freely available and to facilitate a significant Buddhist presence on the Internet. Affiliated with Buddha dharma educaTion associa- Tion, a Buddhist information and education service, the website is a hub for Buddhist news, weblinks, teachings, and resources. Also, its multimedia section features a regularly updated selection of Buddhist movies, cartoons, and interactive tours. Chants, meditation instruction, dharma talks, and songs are offered on the audio page, which houses an impressive collection of materials. Since 1997, the viPassana felloWshiP has offered online meditation courses focusing on shamatha and vipassana techniques from Theravada Buddhism. Its 90- day course is intended primarily for beginners, but can also be helpful to experienced meditators who wish to explore different aspects of the tradition. The course, led by Andrew Quernmore, emphasizes having a sustainable and balanced meditation practice that is compatible with modern life. The Vipassana Fellowship is offering the 90-day course from April to July, and September to December. Aside from its courses, the fellowship’s website, www.vipassana.com, offers extensive infor- mation on meditation, Buddhist practice, and the Pali canon. Stuart Carduner founded ashoka: The edharma universiTy after searching for genuine Buddhist teachings while living in a rural area where teachers were hard to find. Carduner’s website provides students with the choice of study- ing one or a number of different traditions and uses video and audio tools to create an interactive learning experience. The courses offered on www.ashokaedu.net are self-paced and designed by skilled teach- ers such as Sharon Salzberg, Michael Wenger, and Robert Thurman. Prices for the site’s courses range from $15-35, and most are offered on a sliding scale. Also, students can view sample pages from a course before deciding to enroll in it. Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche created the nGedon school of hiGher learninG in 1982. Since its incep- tion, the purpose of the school has been to prepare Vajrayana students of the Shambhala lineage to teach and to experience deeper, more pro- found practice. Recently, the school has gone online at www.ngedon. shambhala.org/home.htm. As Ngedon School online is in its start-up phase, scholarships and reduced tuition rates are not currently available, but the school does plan to provide these in the future. Ngedon School is only available to students who have received Vajrayana transmis- sion from a recognized Shambhala Buddhist teacher, and applicants to Ngedon School must demonstrate that they are engaging in, or planning to engage in, ngondro practice. DONFELIxCERVANTESROGERBURNSWATKHEMARARAMSNOHOMISH