Study from home from one of the most experienced meditators
Dear Dharma Friends,
Donal Creedon, the Buddhist teacher who is considered one of the most experienced meditators of the West, now offers a course via Internet.
Donal will conduct his course, Essence of Meditation, from Moscow, Russia, where he currently supervises a Buddhist center. You can participate in this course from any location in the world. All you need is a regular PC, access to the web and software, which you receive free after registration. This will allow you listen to the teaching and speak to Donal without living home!
Donal Creedon is well recognized for his unique experience and ability to explain dharma in terms Westerners can relate to. Originally from Ireland, he spent 12 years in retreat under the guidance of Akong Rinpoche and Lama Yeshe Losal. For a few years Donal was Retreat Leader with the responsibilities of teaching, directing and managing a group of men in long-term solitude.
The methods Donal teaches in his course can be used by nearly anyone regardless of background or religious beliefs. This teaching will be beneficial for beginners as well as advanced practitioners.
To register or receive more information, check www.agabaga.com.
Remember: evolution is not necessarily collective,
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>Dear Dharma Friends,
>Donal Creedon, the Buddhist teacher who is considered one of the
>most experienced meditators of the West, now offers a course via
>Donal will conduct his course, Essence of Meditation, from Moscow,
>Russia, where he currently supervises a Buddhist center. You can
>participate in this course from any location in the world. All you
>need is a regular PC, access to the web and software, which you
>receive free after registration. This will allow you listen to the
>teaching and speak to Donal without living home!
>Donal Creedon is well recognized for his unique experience and
>ability to explain dharma in terms Westerners can relate to.
>Originally from Ireland, he spent 12 years in retreat under the
>guidance of Akong Rinpoche and Lama Yeshe Losal. For a few years
>Donal was Retreat Leader with the responsibilities of teaching,
>directing and managing a group of men in long-term solitude.
>The methods Donal teaches in his course can be used by nearly anyone
>regardless of background or religious beliefs. This teaching will be
>beneficial for beginners as well as advanced practitioners.
>To register or receive more information, check
>Remember: evolution is not necessarily collective,
- Keeper of the Flame Thich Quang Do is the conscience of Buddhism in Vietnam
-- and a Nobel Prize prospect
By KEN STIER Ho Chi Minh City
Asia Week, June 30, 2000 VOL. 29 NO. 25
In a better Vietnam, Thich Quang Do would have his own television
program, like his Buddhist counterparts in Thailand or Muslim clerics in
Malaysia. A noted scholar, Do is articulate and charismatic, with an
infectious sense of humor; he could easily hold his own against the vapid
productions of state TV. Not only does the monk offer solace to a
systematically de-spiritualized society, he can also recount the
still-secret story of repression against Vietnamese Buddhism over the past
half-century -- all from personal experience. North American and European
politicians have nominated him for this year's Nobel Peace Prize.
Yet in today's Vietnam, Do, 72, is clearly unfit for prime time.
The problem: He's a bit of an anti-communist. And no wonder. Do's spiritual
master was executed before his eyes by communist forces in 1945. "They said
he was a traitor," he recalls. After a seven-year sojourn in India, Sri
Lanka and other parts of Buddhist Asia, Do returned to Saigon, where he
taught Buddhist philosophy in the 1960s and 1970s. Since the Communist
victory of 1975, he has spent nearly 15 years in jail or under "pagoda
arrest." His offense: resisting the destruction of his Unified Buddhist
Church of Vietnam, which used to represent virtually all Buddhist clergy
(20,000) and lay followers in southern Vietnam. The UBCV was replaced by a
new "patriotic" Vietnam Buddhist Church, controlled by the Communist Party.
Since arriving in Vietnam two millennia ago, Buddhism has always
remained outside government control -- supporting the state in times of
need, more often checking its powers when it became corrupt or too
authoritarian. The religion was regularly repressed by feudal, colonial,
militarist and communist regimes. Personal experience convinces Do that the
Communists have been the worst. "I have lived under French colonial rule,
under [Emperor] Bao Dai, under [all the South Vietnamese regimes]," he
says. "But none compare with the Communist dictatorship."
After expelling the French from northern Vietnam in 1954, Do
charges, the Communists did their best to exterminate religion, especially
Buddhism. All practices were banned and pagodas were confiscated or
destroyed. Younger monks were sent to work brigades. Even today, there are
few monks -- or any palpable sense of spirituality -in the north.
After 1975, a similar plan was begun in the South but it quickly
ran into trouble. Forged through resistance to the repression of Catholic
president Ngo Diem Diem, the southern Buddhists were better organized and
more resolute than their northern brethren. In their first major act of
protest, in late 1975, the 12 monks and nuns in a monastery collectively
burned themselves. By April 1977, Do was in jail and by 1981, he and his
superior, UBCV patriarch Thich Huyen Quang, were exiled to remote pagodas
without undergoing trials.
International pressure helped free Do in September 1998, after a
three-year prison stint for organizing an illegal charity for flood
victims. Now settled in the Thanh Minh Zen Monastery in Ho Chi Minh City,
Do is still not entirely free. His phone is tapped, and police shadow him
whenever he goes outside. Novices are not allowed to live with Do and he is
barred from teaching. "They want to isolate me as if I were a contagious
disease," he says, laughing. When police prevented a United Nations
religion official from visiting the monastery, Do thanked them for
demonstrating Vietnam's lack of religious freedom more convincingly than
anything he could have said or done.
Despite the constraints, Do, the UBCV's No. 2 official, writes
letters to Hanoi which are circulated globally through the church's office
in Paris, the International Buddhist Information Bureau (IBIB). Some
trickle back into Vietnam, through press reports on the Internet or in
Western-funded Vietnamese-language radio broadcasts. Do hit a raw nerve
when he urged aid givers in the West to link continued assistance to
Vietnam with improved human rights. The government, increasingly dependent
on international largess as foreign investors stay away, was furious. Do
was interrogated for hours and threatened with violating national security
-- a crime punishable by death. Though the monk admits to some concern
about death by a staged accident, more time behind bars he can contemplate
with an equanimity that exasperates authorities.
Yet Do's prison days seem to be over. "He is a thorn in their side
but they don't regard him as a major threat," says a diplomat in Hanoi.
"Otherwise they would completely isolate him. Also, they can't clamp down
on him without serious ramifications for their image aboard." That
political umbrella keeps getting bigger, even though for Do it is an
ambivalent honor to be better known abroad than at home. His latest
nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize is his third. And when a U.S.
congressman visited Do recently, Hanoi slammed the move as an "unfriendly
The government tries to dismiss Do, and the few dozen other monks
openly affiliated with the UBCV, as irrelevant because their church does
not officially exist. "Do goes against the trend of unification and state
law, as well as the regulations of the Vietnam Buddhist Church, so he is
involved in illegal activities," says Le Dinh Hiet, a religion official.
Hanoi claims the loyalty of the Buddhist clergy, whose numbers are now
estimated at 28,000. Do. however, insists that most monks secretly back the
UBCV, though they lack the courage to suffer pariah status.
Thich Nhat Hanh, who left his homeland after the war, is perhaps
the best known Buddhist in the West after the Dalai Lama. He says of his
compatriot: "The authorities have condemned and tried Do as a criminal who
damaged national security. [But] deep down, they still respect Do as an
exceptional personality, whose ethics and bravery set an example for his
contemporaries. That is the envy of much of the [political] leadership."
The ongoing struggle between Vietnam's official Buddhist hierarchy
and the UBCV centers on the qualitative functioning of Buddhism, long an
indivisible part of life in the country. In a letter smuggled from his
island pagoda prison, patriarch Quang, 82, says that "after 50 years of
devastating war waged in the name of conflicting, imported ideologies,
religious movements alone possess an unparalleled capacity to temper
hatreds, defuse conflict and restore moral values in a society plunged in a
spiritual and moral crisis. As such, they have a vital role to play in the
reconstruction of the country."
Party leaders have preferred to rebuild on their own, though in
recent years they have loosened restrictions on worship and tried to revive
folk rites and festivals. The results, though, are perverse, according to
critics. "The party is using state-sponsored religious bodies to confine
religious activity to prayers, meditation and fasting," says Vo Van Ai, who
runs the IBIB Paris office. "That reduces religion to quasi-superstitious
Yet Hanoi is slowly acknowledging that its bureaucracy is
overwhelmed by an explosion of social ills. Do offers motivated followers
who can do more social work -- if the church's confiscated network of
hospitals, schools, orphanages, social centers and a university is returned
to it. In the more progressive south, officials are quietly experimenting
with such assistance, though under state auspices. "For 25 years we have
suffered continuous repression," says Do. "But we believe firmly that we
will get freedom completely, sooner or later." Then he would be able to
address his compatriots on prime time.
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>Donal Creedon, the Buddhist teacher who is considered one of the >most experienced meditators of the West, now offers a course via >Internet.
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