Buddhist AIDS Project -- Update: January, 2004
- January 19. 2004
Happiest New Year from the Buddhist AIDS Project!
The Buddhist AIDS Project (BAP), based in San
Francisco, California, provides free information and
* Current HIV/AIDS and public health news, with links
to local, national, and international resources;
* Buddhist teachings, practice centers, hospices, and
* Complementary and Alternative Medicine services.
An all-volunteer, non-profit Affiliate of the Buddhist
Peace Fellowship (BPF), BAP serves anyone living with
HIV/AIDS, including family, friends, caregivers and
people who are HIV negative.
Periodic BAP E-mail Updates call attention to changes
at our website, http://www.buddhistaidsproject.org .
The main pages of the site are News, Events, Library,
Bookstore, Resources and Links. Since our last Update,
there have been many changes and additions to all
The weekly updated News page is now organized under
the following headings:
* Buddhist News
* Buddhist Recommended Resources -- San Francisco Bay
Area, U.S., International
* HIV/AIDS -- Recommended Resources
* HIV/AIDS -- Breaking News
* HIV/AIDS -- Prevention Updates (Extensive)
* HIV AIDS -- Medicine, Policy, and Politics
*HIV/AIDS -- Asia News
*HIV/AIDS -- International Humanitarian Alerts:
Orphans; Famine; Drug Deprivation
*Global Health Alert -- Severe Acute Respiratory
Featured articles on the site, among many,
now include --
" AIDS Hasn't Peaked Yet -- And That's Not the Worst
of It," Richard G.A. Feachem, The Washington Post
" Politics and Policy/ National Journal Uses Global
AIDS Initiative as Example of 'Mismatch Between
Rhetoric and Reality' in Appropriations Process,"
"Sex, Drugs, and NIH: Grant controversy escalates with
charges of misconduct and 'scientific McCarthyism,"
" AIDS Groups Launch Presidential Election Website,"
"Safer Sex Methods -- Research Summary and Detailed
Update," University of California San Francisco,
December, 2003. Plus extensive reporting on HIV and
"Novel Single Session Counseling Technique Reduces
High Risk Behavior," Reuters
"10 Things Gay Men Should Discuss with Their Doctors"
"Physician Experience Still a Major Contributor to
AIDS Survival," Reuters
Current articles on increases in HIV infection among
women, minorities, youth, gay men, and seniors.
Plus Direct Links to HIV Testing Centers; Hepatitis
A,B,C Testing Centers; HIV Drug Developments and
Alerts; Recycling Medications; AIDS Orphans and Famine
In Buddhist News:
" Is Buddhism Good for Your Health," Stephen S. Hall,
The New York Times
Updated Basic Buddhist Teachings Online, with links
(please see Library page)
Thich Nhat Hanh "On Suffering," and "Overcoming the
Fear of Death"
"In the Light of Death," Rick Fields, Tricycle
"Dalai Lama Lite," Patrick French, The New York Times
Listing and direct linking of Buddhist Hospices
-- and much more.
For notification of "BAP Updates" by e-mail, please
send the message:
"Request updates" to our e-mail address:
If you are considering donating your skills to the
Buddhist AIDS Project, or want further information
about the services it offers, please call BAP anytime
at (415) 522-7473, or e-mail us.
for the Buddhist AIDS Project
World AIDS Day, December 1, 2003
Buddhist AIDS Project message --
December 1 is a reflective day for me, as we consider
World AIDS Day, 2003, worldwide. This week in 1981,
I met my first men living with AIDS and began
personal direct services and prevention with peers who
were becoming ill very quickly. I also reflect upon my
my father's death from cancer 13 years ago this
morning -- the words come to mind, "With peace in your
heart, rest in your true home, the brightest, whitest
light of freedom." I, too, am living with cancer now
at 52, two years since diagnosis this week, and
reflecting more often on the truth of this life,
death, and actions. I listen to the daily joys,
celebrations, sorrows and sadnesses which we all share
in this wondrous impermanent world and universe.
Sometimes I have to chuckle. Recognizing, feeling,
and accepting spiritual truth, by whichever name we
call it, i.e Being Home, can happen in a moment, AND
be the practice and effort of a lifetime, if not more.
Buddhists trying to describe our truth draw a circle
brushed in the air, use words, "the clear sky without
center or boundary", "the selfless, luminous,
unimpeded, spontanously compassionate..."
"Nature of Mind," "Buddha Nature," "Ultimate Truth,"
"Big Mind," "Original Face," and other word pictures
are often used. Cosmologist Brian Swimme calls it the
Thai Buddhist Master Ajahn Chah calls it "Our True
For all, "Raids on the unspeakable," as Christian monk
Thomas Merton pointed out.
Highly respected Tibetan woman Lama Khandro Rinpoche,
mid-30s, and quite clear with her words, notes that
conscientous Buddhist students as well as those
preventing the world wide HIV/AIDS epidemic, depend
on our inherent "Primordial Wisdom (understanding
connection to all) and individual responsibilty."
Individual responsibility includes living
and practicing Buddha's teachings, or the true and
freeing guidelines of any authentic spiritual
The well known Japanese Zen Master, Dogen Zenji,
with his great wisdom and observant words:
"(Spiritual) Practice is making one mistake after
Or as singer/songwriter Kris Kristofferson offered in
the lyrics to his song the "Pilgrim," "He's takin'
every wrong direction on the lonely way back home...
And there are a lot of wrong directions on the lonely
way back home."
Contemporary Japanese Zen Master Suzuki Shunryu Roshi
urged: "Keep polishing the tile!"
Contemporary Korean Zen Master Dae Soen Sa Nim:
"Go straight. Don't know.
Just do it. Help others."
Our daily actions and conscious choices in
our bodies, speech, and mind may take us closer or
further away from being home. Further feeling away
often feels contracted inside. Likewise, feeling
closer often feels warm, embracive, belonging. And
our com~passion, feeling~together~with, and our
understanding, forgiveness, and repair of relative
wrongs if possible, may in each small effort brings us
closer to the Truths of our hearts, too.
May a deep beautiful "heart family" working together
here for 10+ years now and any helpful years
years to come, continue with growing awareness, in
mending and aligning our way and path Home.
Thank you very much,
Buddhist AIDS Project
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