I used to work on a switchboard like this in my college dorm, connecting calls with student rooms. This post is kind of like that… relaying announcements and messages that I’ve gotten via this blog recently:
- From Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi: “Please make it a point to come to Washington DC on October 6th. This is our chance to change the direction of this country, and thus the world. Especially our Buddhists: Exclusive ‘inner peace’ is no solution for a world burning with the fires of greed, violence, exploitation, poverty, and injustice. Put your peace and compassion into action and help uplift those who weep with misery and despair.”
- From Jennifer of Nyingma Trust: “I am a volunteer for Tibetan Aid Project and Nyingma Trust in Berkeley, CA. Buddha’s Englightenment (Saga Dawa Duchen) on June 15th is coming up, and I’m trying to get the word out there for folks to send in prayer requests. All energy and intentions are magnified 10 million times during the Tibetan Saga Dawa, and we want to help others by praying for their intentions and needs. See: http://nyingmatrust.org/NyingmaTrustWalks/trustWalk.html“
- P. Delaney of Dublin, Ireland, reports that Buddhist scholar and author Ken Jones will be featured at an event titled “What has Buddhism got to offer in relation to the global crisis of capital?” on June 24, as well as leading a workshop titled “Transforming self – transforming society” on June 25, both in Dublin. See the Calendar for more details.
- Paul of Joplin, MO, left a comment on this post about ways to help in the aftermath of the tornado that hit that part of the U.S. last month. He writes: “I am a resident of Joplin. It would be great to talk with other Buddhists in the area but this is more bible country. Any suggestions? Anyone know of any Buddhist groups which may be in the area?” If you want to connect with Paul, leave a comment below and I’ll point him in your direction.
And finally, I am deeply grateful to everyone who responded to my last post, a letter inviting support for The Jizo Chronicles. I am very moved by your generosity, and I look forward to making a donation of 10% of those proceeds to the Cambodia AIDS Project, a very very worthy cause.