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Buddhadharma : Spring 2009
mahasangha news buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly spring 2 0 09 84 uncertain.” Los Angeles- based confectioner Intentional Chocolate, in conjunction with the research group HESA (Human Energy Systems Alliance), has introduced a line of “intention-enhanced” chocolate—chocolate infused with the positive intention of experienced meditators at Deer Park Monastery in Madison, Wisconsin. CEO Jim Walsh says, “We are trying to use our business to raise awareness about the powerful impact intention can have.” According to the Intentional Chocolate website, in a double-blind, placebo-controlled study published in the scientific peer-reviewed journal Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing, it was found that one ounce of Intentional Chocolate per day for three days increased subjects’ well-being, vigor, and energy by an average of 67 percent and, in some cases, up to 1,000 percent, when compared with a control group. (Now, if only they could infuse brussels sprouts with such feel-good benefits, then we’d have something!) Illustrator Linda Helton and the Marlena Agency are selling a series of giclée art prints inspired by quotes from His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Each print is hand-signed by the artist and Shinshu founder Shinran 750 years ago. The Hawaii Kyodan (Jodo Shinshu Buddhist church of Hawaii) also cele- brates its 120th year in 2009. The community will hold ceremonies in Hilo to observe both anniversaries in Septem- ber. Last year marked the 25th anniversary of a remarkable journey by foot, when Ajahn Amaro and a lay companion, Nick Scott, walked the length of England from south to north. An account of the 830-mile journey was published in the book Tudong: The Long Road North (published in 1984 by the English Sangha Trust; republished as Silent Rain: Talks and Travels in 1996 by the Sanghapala Foundation). In it, Ajahn Amaro recalled his motivation for the pilgrimage: “The custom of tudong— journeying on foot by ascetic monastics—had begun in Britain and I was keen to try my hand, or perhaps that should be my feet.” Ajahn Amaro, who is originally from Kent but is now co-abbot of Abhayagiri Monastery in Redwood, California, traveled to Britain to retrace some of the same steps last summer. He says the lesson he learned from this most recent hike was sanna anicca, sankhara annica—“perceptions and memories are unreliable, Ellen Burstyn (second from right) joined British actors Linus Roache, Michelle Beck, and Brian Cox along with Venerable Rewatha (center) onstage at the rubin Museum of Art (RMA) in New York for a dramatic live reading of the sayings of the historical Buddha. Directed by actress Nicole Ansari (standing) of HBO Deadwood fame, the event marked the October release of The Way of the Buddha: The Illustrated Dhammapada, published by Harry N. Abrams Inc. The gift-book edition uses the F. Max Muller translation of the Dhammapada, accompanied by paintings, sculptures, and textiles drawn from the permanent collection of the RMA. Intentional Chocolate Ajahn Amaro and Nick Scott reunite in 2008 to mark the 25th anniversary of their 830-mile trek. Art prints by Linda Helton Paul Discoe ➤ MICHAELSETOERICPOLITzERFORDAVIDPERRY&ASSOCIATES