PassagesBorn: Anna Tarata Meredith, born October 2, 1997 to Liana Meredith and Kees Lodder, True Great Gathering, of Auckland, New Zealand. Married: Patrick Frize and Bang Lang, Chan Dieu Am, were married at Maple Village, Quebec on August 24,1997. Engaged: Bach Thai Hao, Chan Bao Canh, and Hermann Luckhoff celebrated their engagement in Paris on November 1, 1997. Died: Mary Lenker of the Charlotte Community of Mindfulness, North Carolina, formerly of Houston, Texas, on October 26, 1997.
Dharma Talks by Email The Plum Village Dharma Talk project has begun distributing Thay's Plum Village talks by email. The project will operate from dana, and needs everyone's support to cover costs, including connection fees, phone bills, and transcriptions. Those who receive the talks are encouraged to donate IOFF (approx. $2) per talk to Plum Village Transcription Project, Meyrac, 47120 Loubes-Bernac, France. You may subscribe by sending your email address to plumvill@clubinternet fr. This email address is just for use concerning this project. Please continue to use standard mail or fax for general inquiries to Plum Village.
Being Peace Centre, UK At Thich Nhat Hanh's invitation, the Community of Interbeing UK has been searching for property to establish a Dharma Centre where mindfulness practice can be learned and strengthened. The centre will be open to people from all walks of life, religious belief, and levels of meditation experience. For more information or to contribute to the centre, please contact Dave Tester, 18a Hove Park Villas, Hove, BN3 6HG, UK. Dave_Tester@compuserve.com.
Survivors of Childhood Abuse Sangha An interest group is being formed in the Boston area by people who experienced abuse in childhood (physical, sexual, or psychological). Possibility of weekend retreats in the Northeast. Please write to D.R., Boston Sangha, 38 Temple Street, Boston, MA 02114.
A Time for Peace The United Nations has declared the year 2000 the "Year of Education for Nonviolence." Fran~oise Pottier, co-director of the Order of Interbeing, and Order member Pierre Marchand continue the work to petition the UN to declare 2000-2010 the "Decade for a Culture of Non-Violence." Please send postcards and letters supporting the project, as well as financial contributions, to Appeal of the Nobel Peace Laureates, c/o International Fellowship of Reconciliation (IFOR), Spoorstraat 38, 1815 BK Alkmaar, Netherlands.
North American Order Meeting Members of the core community of the Order of Interbeing are invited to a national gathering at Green Mountain Dharma Center, Hartland, Vermont, Saturday, October 10 through Monday, October 12, 1998. Registration forms and full details will be mailed by early summer.
Peace Is Every Step More than 1,000 people attended a February benefit screening in Berkeley, California, of the new film "Peace Is Every Step," presented along with a panel discussion with filmmaker Gaetano Maida, author Maxine Hong Kingston, and Buddhist scholar Robert Thurman. The one-hour documentary, narrated by Ben Kingsley, is a profile of Thich Nhat Hanh, and explores his efforts to help heal a world in conflict and provide tools for mindful living. The filmmaker is available to participate in benefit presentations of the film in areas with enough support and resources to produce a successful public event. VHS copies of the film are available through Parallax Press. For more information, please contact Gaetano Kazuo Maida, Legacy Media, Inc., 510.525.7594, fax: 510.524.9739, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chapter on Sister Chan Khong China Galland's new book, The Bond Between Women: A Journey to Fierce Compassion (Riverhead Books, 1998), includes a wonderful chapter about the teachings and work of Sr. Chan Khong entitled "I Do Not Rehearse My Anger."