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Buddhadharma : Winter 2007
buddhadharma| 85 |winter 2007 contents A film documenting the expe- riences of 36 inmates who participated in a ten-day Goenka- style Vipassana program at a high-security prison near Birming- ham, Alabama, is making the film festival circuit and receiving atten- tion from the mainstream press. The DhAmmA Brothers proj- ect (below) began in 2002, when meditation instructors and film- makers received permission to have the retreat—and film it—at the prison. From a corrections per- spective, the program was deemed a success because the graduates, who continued to meet regularly to meditate, demonstrated better conduct and anger management. In early 2008, Pariyatti Press will publish letters that the participat- ing inmates sent to the Vipassana teachers and film producers over the last five years. ■ More than 10,000 people turned out to hear his holiness the DAlAi lAmA speak on “the art of hap- piness” at Barcelona’s Palau Sant Jordi, one of the main venues for the 1992 summer Olympics. His North American visit kicked off in Ithaca, New York, on October 9. During his 22-day tour, His Holiness spoke at Radio City Music Hall in New York and par- ticipated in the 15th annual Mind and Life conference at Emory University in Atlanta, which this year focused on depression and how mindfulness-based therapies are useful in treating it. The Dalai 86 regulating reincarnation 87 translator dies 88 profile: BcBs 90 Books Behind Bars editor, andrea mcquillin MahaSanghaNews winter 2007 courtesyfreedombehindbarsproductionsapimages(left)greggorman(right)Katecrisp Burmese monks and nuns and their lay Buddhist supporters inspired the world with their display of courage and nonviolence, and drew attention to one of the world’s most repressive dictatorships. Tragically, the military junta reacted with violence to the peaceful protests, silencing the popular will and attacking the country’s most revered institution, the Buddhist sangha, in order to maintain its hold on power. International efforts were hampered by the unwillingness of Burma’s most important neighbors—China, Thailand, and India—to jeopardize their access to Burma’s natural resources by putting effective pressure on the regime. Lama rounded out his trip with teachings and public talks in Bloomington, Indiana, Toronto, and Ottawa. His Holiness also traveled to Capitol Hill in Wash- ington, D.C., on October 17 to accept the Congressional Gold Medal, the nation’s highest civil- ian honor, from President George W. Bush and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill in the fall of 2006 to give the award to the Dalai Lama in recognition of his “advocacy of religious har- mony, nonviolence, and human rights throughout the world and for his efforts to find a peaceful solution to the Tibet issue through dialogue with the Chinese leader- ship.” ■ Beginning in 2008, the Upaya Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico, will offer a new two-year BuDDhist ChAplAinCy trAining progrAm. This cer- tificate program is for those who wish to be ordained as Buddhist chaplain priests or serve as lay chaplains. Joan Halifax and Fleet Maull (above) will direct the pro- gram. Faculty includes Bernie Glassman, Sharon Salzberg, Enkyo O’Hara, Jean Wilkins, Frank Ostaseski, Kazuaki Tana- hashi, and Norman Fischer. For more information, visit www. upaya.org. ■ Thich Nhat Hanh’s Plum Village monastic sangha has purchased a rural center on the East Coast in Sullivan County, about 70 miles from New York City. The 80-acre property, a for- mer conference center, has 65 acres of forest and 13 buildings that can house up to 210 people and a dining room that seats 200. Over half of the $2.6-million pur- chase price has been raised. The facility, renamed Blue Cliff monAstery by Thich Nhat Hanh (pictured walking the grounds, below), will offer lay