[ineb] Re: Introducing myself - Welcome and some comments about INEB and this list
- Welcome to the list John.
Now might be as good a time for people on this list to introduce
themselves and say a little about their relationship to "engaged
I also think that it would be useful for the INEB secretariat to
post to this list on a periodic basis information about the
activities of INEB. This could be every month or every other
month. Since the INEB conference in March, I have had little
information about the activities of the INEB organization. It
might also be good for those involved with Think Sangha to
periodically let others on this list know what they are up to.
In San Francisco, I have participated with the "engaged Buddhist"
group at the local Zen Center to give away bag lunches to the
homeless in the city. People getting the food seem happy about
it and I enjoy the fellowship with others working on the
Those who have been to San Francisco have probably noticed the
growing number of people living on the street. This has caused a
controversy, with some people calling for the police to do more
to harass them out of town. In the United States all land is
owned by someone creating a situation where if you don't have
enough money you don't have a right to exist anywhere - including
land owned by the government. Those who do not fit into roles in
society have little place to be.
I have also taken it upon myself to help a Buddhist monk from Sri
Lanka, Ven. Seelananda, find a place where he could study and
improve his English. Those at the INEB conference may remember
meeting him. If anyone has any good leads or wants to help,
please let me know. Basically he needs a place to stay and some
funds for travel. Does anyone on this list know of any programs
that help with this? In my estimation, Ven. Seelananda would be
an excellent choice for this kind of exchange and would make a
valuable contribution to any community he stayed with. He is a
Buddhist teacher with degrees in journalism and Mass
Most of my current attention is directed toward the media in the
United States and how it is used to perpetuate and justify the
use of violence throughout the world. I would love to hear
about what others on this list are doing and what they might like
from this list.
----- Original Message -----
From: John Willemsens <advaya@...>
To: INEB List <email@example.com>
Sent: Saturday, October 16, 1999 2:16 AM
Subject: [ineb] Introducing myself
> I hereby introduce myself as a new member of this list.
> I am a member of the INEB working-group of the Dutch Buddhist
> Kind regards,
> John Willemsens.