Events, Jan-Feb 2005 - Disaster Aid Needed - Three Roots - Preliminaries
- Buddhist news and events for San Diego, Jan-Feb 2005 --
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ASSISTANCE NEEDED AFTER ASIAN EARTHQUAKE-TSUNAMI DISASTER
(Thanks to Vicki Grubbs' Buddhist News for this one.)
At the Sarvodaya web site people can pay with a credit card or
send a check to the LA address. http://www.sarvodaya.org/
(1) A NOTE ABOUT SARVODAYA INCLUDING A QUOTE FROM JOANNA MACY:
Sarvodaya is especially well positioned to assist in disaster relief
because of their presence and self reliant grass-roots development
work in thousands of Sri Lankan villages over the past 40 years.
Although many fine organizations are collecting funds, few have the
on-the-ground capabilities of Sarvodaya in villages. The International
NGOs like the Red Cross, Oxfam and others are flying in planeloads of
supplies and are talking of working with their "local partners"
including Sarvodaya in Sri Lanka.
You may have seen a CNN report on Dec 29th, that singled out the
efforts of Sarvodaya, Dr.Sanjay Gupta, reporting from Sri Lanka,
identified Sarvodaya as a group that could "...deliver the right
supplies to the right places" because "it has the most boots on the
ground." He was making the point that the needs of the people differ
from province to province, village to village, and only a local group
with the reach of Sarvodaya can properly redistribute supplies from
the international agencies.
Sarvodaya, which means "everybody wakes up", was founded by Dr. A. T.
Ariyaratne, often called the "Gandhi of Sri Lanka" for his work based
on non-violent Buddhist principles. The group's work is based on
inclusivity, and they engage people of all faiths and ethnicities.
Sarvodaya worked with both sides of the civil war, ran refugee camps
and restoration and rehabilitation projects.
Joanna Macy writes, "Within an hour after the disaster struck, Dr.
Ariyaratne and his colleagues met to galvanize massive relief actions,
to engage the Movement's many thousands of village volunteers, and
applying their experience setting up and sustaining refugee camps in
Sri Lanka's long civil war. Sarvodayans are now at work, round the
clock... Sarvodaya itself is mainly a volunteer organization,
strapped for cash, and now it needs money from us to do the massive
job which it uniquely can do".
(2) MESSAGE FROM NATIONAL BUDDHIST PEACE FELLOWSHIP
To: BPF Chapters and Contacts, Staff, Board, and friends
Dear friends, By this time, you have probably heard of the huge loss
of life caused by yesterday's earthquake and tsunamis in Asia. Many of
those affected are in Sri Lanka (a predominantly Buddhist country),
where our friends from Sarvodaya are doing their best to respond. Dr.
Ariyartne has sent the Buddhist Peace Fellowship the following
message, with information about the kinds of assistance that is needed
and where to send donations. Please spread the word to your chapters
and sanghas -- you might want to take up a collection of either money
or supplies (see the list below) and send to the address below.
in peace, Maia
MESSAGE FROM DR. A. T. ARIYARATNE
Date: December 26, 2004 7:38:25 PM PST
Subject: RE: assistance after earthquake
No more tears to shed. We are weeping over this disaster. Over 10,000
dead and one million homeless. Thousands of Sarvodaya Volunteers are
working round the clock in all parts of the island. We need your help.
Our special account number is as follows for those who want to donate
Lanka Jathiaka Sarvodaya Shramadana Inc.
Account # 159000 8015
Commercial bank of Ceylon Limited
Swift Code > CCEYLKLX
We are in desperate need of First Aid, Medical Supplies, Blankets, Dry
food items, Clothes
Dr. A. T. Ariyaratne
#98, Rawatawatta Road,
+94112 655 255
+94112 655 110
May there be peace on earth.
Free Tenzin Delek Rinpoche -- This highly respected religious leader
in Eastern Tibet could be executed at any time for crimes he did not
commit. He has been targeted by Chinese authorities because of his
work for the social welfare of people in his community. See
- Note the following VICTORIES already won by SFT --
January 27, Thursday evening, Lama Surya Das, author of Awakening the
Buddha Within, will be giving a Dharma talk and doing a book signing
of Letting Go of the Person You Used to Be, at Soulscape Bookstore,
765 South Coast Highway, Encinitas. For information, call 760-753-2345.
January 28, Friday, 7:00pm, Lama Surya Das speaks on "Measures of
Enlightened Leadership Today: Generosity, Discipline, Patience,
Diligence, Concentration and Wisdom" at MOA Life Science Institute,
opposite Bodhi Tree Bookstore, 8564 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, CA
90069. Preregistration recommended. Suggested donation is $10 for
Friday evening, or $95 for both the Friday and Saturday events.
January 29, Saturday, 10am-5pm, Lama Surya Das leads a one-day
retreat, "The Bodhisattva Code: The Innermost Nature of the Six
Transcendental Virtues of the Tibetan Wisdom Tradition" at the
Unitarian Universalist Community Church, Forbes Hall (entrance on
Arizona), 1260 - 18th St., Santa Monica, CA 90404. For retreat flyer
and preregistration, see http://www.dzogchen.org/retreats
February 10-18, Thursday through Friday (9 days)
METTA (lovingkindness)- VIPASSANA RETREAT
at Pine Manor, Lake Elsinore, CA, with Bhante U Vimalaramsi.
This is a rare chance for cultivating insight and inner happiness
with a master teacher who guides his students from the original Sutta
discourses of the Buddha, the Pali Canon. Bhante is an American who
grew up in Southern California and has been a monk for over 16 years.
He is an author, healer, and international meditation teacher. He
began his meditation practice over 32 years ago in Vipassana or
insight meditation. This took him to Asia in 1986 where he practiced
with many senior teachers in the early Buddhist traditions. He
traveled and practiced in Burma, Thailand, Australia, Sri Lanka, and
Malaysia. Later he practiced the lovingkindness meditation as a way
to quickly open and soften the mind to work with the obstacles to
mental clarity. At the largest Buddhist monastery in Kuala Lumpur,
the capital of Malaysia, he was giving talks to 500 people each week
on the Buddha's teaching, conducting retreats on lovingkindness
practice, and guiding monks in their meditation practice. He later
returned to the US in 1998 and currently has a monastery in Missouri
for meditation and Sutta study. His students have had enormous
success with his guidance. He uses the relaxing and opening
techniques in the Suttas that assist everyone in reaching deep stages
of meditation. He is a gentle teacher with a deep understanding of
the practice and the subtle aspects of opening and quieting the mind
for happiness and freedom. For more retreat and biographical
information, please see http://www.dhammasukha.org
The practice will be opening the heart and concentrating on
lovingkindness with mindfulness and awareness. This will be sustained
throughout each day, sitting and walking with a short work period.
There will be two main meals of breakfast and lunch, with tea and a
snack, if needed, in the evening. As the meditation deepens the
appetite frequently diminishes. Bhante will interview each student
daily and give an evening talk from the Suttas, which are the
discourses of the Buddha. For more information please contact Mark or
Antra Berger at antraandmark@... or at 619-225-0817.
The retreat will be small with up to 15 people, so there will be a lot
of time for individual attention to your meditation practice. Cost
for room and board is $600. The teaching is given without charge. A
dana/donation is requested for the teacher.
International Campaign for Tibet -- visit
For additional information on Buddhism in San Diego,
The Three Wholesome and the Three Unwholesome Roots
-- from the Online Buddhist Dictionary
First Train in All the Preliminary Practices
by Geshe Rabten & Geshe Dhargyey
I received the following e-mail, and am posting it
without verification. Please check out the web site
and take whatever steps you need in order to decide
for yourselves if you want to help. --
"We're emailing various list owners because my wife
and I run a boarding school for child victims of human
trafficking on our land in Northern Thailand. We are
currently self funded, and want to expand our
operations to 100 kids by May, so we're seeking pubic
support. Our website is at:
"BUT - Neither one of us are experienced with this
type of thing. I could not fundraise to save my life,
even though I really understand the need. The hoops
that have to be jumped through to gain non profit
status are really daunting, as well.
"We don't even know how to drive much traffic to our
website. Nobody is doing any salaried work, except
the teachers we pay as consultants out of our own
pocket, and certainly don't want to spend money buying
email lists that we should be using for other things.
"What I'm wondering is if there are people there who
have experience with this sort of thing, or who would
be willing to help us learn about the procedural
aspects of all of this, as well as any other help or
advice that could be offered.
"If you could paraphrase or forward this to your list,
that would be great.
"If you want to contact me, email is fine. Also, we
use msn messenger for cemenuk at hotmail.com and yahoo
messenger for cemenuk at yahoo.com
Best Regards, Jonathan and Palida"
May all sentient beings have happiness and the causes
May they all be free from suffering and the causes of
May they never be separated from the happiness which
is free from sorrow.
May they rest in equanimity, free from attachment and
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