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Buddhadharma : Fall 2006
buddhadharma| 95 |fall 2006 With its admitted pop and subcul- ture leanings, the worSt horSe (www.theworsthorse.net) is a site attractive to both the Buddhism- curious and the hip Buddhist. It features original articles that focus on Buddhist artists, musicians, and merchandise; an up-to-date Bud- dhist news section; an extensive sec- tion of links (some of them unusual); and a message board. The site’s name is a reference to a quote by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi about four horses that have varying sensitivity to the handler’s whip. The metaphor reveals that the “worst” horse is in fact the best, because as Suzuki Roshi explains, “In your very imperfections you will find the basis for your firm, way-seeking mind.” This untraditional Buddhist website is one worth visiting. For the Internet-savvy, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche’s website, deer park gathering, offers an opportunity to discuss the basic ele- ments of Buddhism. The site, located at www.deerparkgather- ing.org, has a chat room, a discus- sion forum, and an online Book of the Month club, where visitors can share their thoughts on a selected book. You can e-mail specific ques- tions to three of Dzongsar Rinpoche’s senior students. It also offers a brief but thorough introduction to Buddhism, and excerpts from talks given by Dzongsar Rinpoche. On the downside, if you’re not up on your Buddhist logic, you may have to employ trial and error to navigate the site. (For example, you access the introduction to Buddhism through the “First Prajna: Hearing” page.) Designed to promote the study of Buddhism globally, the academic online Journal oF global bud- dhiSM (www.globalbuddhism. org) is best suited to the seasoned scholar-practitioner. Site visitors will find book reviews and articles, as well as links to Buddhist com- munities worldwide, listed by tradi- tion. News bulletins – though dated – are also offered. Writers can submit articles and are given clear, detailed writing guidelines to follow. Charles S. Prebish is editor emeritus and its editorial board features Stephen Batchelor, Judith Simmer-Brown, and Robert Thurman. Easy to navigate and packed with substance, the Journal of Global Buddhism is an authoritative and useful source for the academic world on Buddhism. Celebrating its fifth anniversary, the buddhiSt channel, located at www.buddhistchannel.tv, offers Buddhist news reports from around the world. The international “com- munity-centered Buddhist informa- tion provider” keeps visitors informed on Buddhist-related news and events largely through media links. Updated regularly, news is divided by geography (North America, Asia, Europe, and Oceania), and topic (archaeology, arts, healing, etc.). It also provides book reviews, e-cards, and a letter to the editor section. dharMa on the web By Scott Armstrong Volume five, number 1, Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly (issn: 1499-9927, usps 020-836) is published quarterly for $24/year us, $36 cdn canada & $36 usd international, by shambhala sun, 1345 spruce st., Boulder, co 80302-4886 usa. periodical postage paid at Boulder, co and at additional mailing offices. postmasteR: send address changes to Buddhadharma: the practitioner’s Quarterly, po Box 3377, champlain, ny 12919-3377. printed in canada. © 2006 shambhala sun. all rights reserved. canada post publication mail agreement #40018157. canadian postmaster: send undeliverable copies to: 1660 hollis st., suite 701, halifax, ns, canada, B3J 1V7. ing a common cause.” ■ A film by Neten Chokling Rinpoche about the life of the famous 11th-century Tibetan yogi Milarepa, who found enlightenment after an early life marked by destruction and revenge, will be available in the U.S. this fall. Milarepa had its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival in February and will be available on DVD through the film’s website: www.milarepafilm. com. Its promoters are targeting major cities for theatrical release. ■ khenchen thrangu rin- poche, the respected Kagyu teacher and tutor to the 17th Kar- mapa, plans to establish an abiding presence on Canada’s west coast. This July, he conducted a founda- tion-laying ceremony for the new Thrangu Monastery in Richmond, British Columbia. Thrangu Rin- poche said the new monastery, which will offer teachings, medita- tion, and retreats, will be among his most important dharma centers. He also visited the Vajra Vidya Center in Vancouver and led a seven-day Medicine Buddha empowerment retreat at a downtown Vancouver hotel. ■ tara brach, senior teacher at the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, spoke on behalf of Buddhist practitioners at the Spiritual Activism Conference attended by over 1,200 spiritual progressives in Washington, D.C., May 17 to 20. According to orga- nizer Rabbi Michael Lerner, author of The Left Hand of God, the con- ference was one of the “first baby steps” in forming a “movement of spiritual progressives that is both a challenge to the Right and to the ©chRistopheRdonatoBRianBuRKeclaudeoechsel if you have news send your information by mail, or by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org. antireligious and antispiritual ten- dencies within some parts of the Left.” Over 50 people attended the conference’s Buddhist practice ses- sion. The next Spiritual Activism Conference is scheduled for fall 2007. ■ Scholars and religious leaders will gather September 11–15 in Montreal, Quebec, for a “global congress” that will exam- ine religion’S poSition in the world aFter 9/11. Orga- nizers are expecting over 2,000 participants for the five-day event. Karen Armstrong and Huston Smith are featured speakers. Arvind Sharma, chief congress organizer and professor of comparative reli- gion at Montreal’s McGill Univer- sity says, “The religions of the world need to respond in a compre- hensive way to the challenges posed by the events of September 11, 2001. This global conference is meant to facilitate this process.” For more about the conference, visit www.worldreligionsafter911. com. RasaBahls