PassagesOrdained: Paul Koeppler, True Eye of the Sangha, was ordained into the Order of Interbeing by Karl Schmied in Germany on May 31, 1997. Bronson Rozier, Boundless Compassionate Insight, was ordained into the Order of Interbeing by Jack Lawlor on June 29, 1997, in Plano, IL. Recovering: Svein Myreng, True Door, of Oslo, Norway, is doing well after undergoing corrective heart surgery in Boston, MA. Died: Cleora Jean Higle Chllcote, True Natural Peace, died on July 14, 1997, in Missoula, MT. See page 10.
Dharma Talks by Email Plum Village will begin transmitting Thich Nhat Hanh's Dharma talks via email in November 1997. Subscribers will receive two talks per week when Thay is in the village (as text and/or sound file). The annual subscription fee will be around FF550 (US $100) to cover the cost of transcribing and broadcasting the talks. For information, send your email address to Internet Project, Plum Village, Meyrac, LoubesBernac, 47120 France.
Plum Village Transcripts Available The Washington Mindfulness Community has transcribed and compiled Thich Nhat Hanh's Dharma talks from the Summer 1996 Retreat at Plum Village. The nine talks are collectively titled "Practices to End Suffering." To order the set of booklets, send a check or money order for $15 ($18 if outside the U.S.) to Washington Mindfulness Community, P.O. Box 11168. Takoma Park. MD 20913. "The Touching Life Transcripts," booklets of talks given by Thay at Plum Village, are available from the Community of Interbeing in the United Kingdom. To order. contact Alex White. 91 Clarendon Road, Leeds. LS29LY UK; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mentoring Considerable discussion took place at the Order of Interbeing International Council held in Plum Village in October 1996 about training programs for those aspiring to join the Order, those in the Order, and those aspiring to train as Dharma teachers. As a result, several mentoring programs have begun. At the Community of Mindful Living in Berkeley, three Order aspirants just completed the first year of a training program during which they examined deeply their bodhichitta. their practice of the Five Mindfulness Trainings and Three Refuges; had training in practicing mindfulness with children; practiced Sangha caretaking and ritual; and studied Interbeing and other texts. Other Sanghas offering training programs include Lakeside Buddha Sangha. the New York Community of Mindfulness, and the British Sangha. Please share your training programs for the next issue of The Mindfulness Bell.
New Books by Order Members Tantric Quest: An Encounter with Absolute Love by Daniel Odier (Inner Traditions, Rochester, Vermont). Cool Water: Alcoholism. Mindfulness. and Ordinary Recovery by William Alexander (Shambhala Publications).
Dharma Corps Thanks to Lynne Shivers, the first Dharma Corps volunteer. who helped the Community of Mindful Living for two weeks in July prepare for Thay's visit and with many other tasks serving the international mindfulness community. We are grateful this program is underway and looking forward to Jerry Braza and other Dharma Corps volunteers in the near future. We cordially invite anyone interested in participating in this program to contact Marylee Revels at the CML office, tel: (510) 527-3751.
Peacemaker Priest Joan Halifax, True Continuation, was ordained as a priest and into the Zen Peacemaker Order by Bernard Tetsugen Glassman Roshi on July 6, 1997, in Yonkers, New York.
Appeal for the Children of the World Twenty Nobel Peace Prize Laureates. Thich Nhat Hanh, and others have signed an appeal asking that the year 2000 be declared the "Year of Education for Nonviolence." The appeal was organized by Order member Pierre Marchand. Please send donations and letters of support to 111e Appeal of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, BP 20797,60207 Compiegne Cedex 2, France; fax: (33) 126.96.36.199.07.
Pilgrimage Across America Claude Anshin Thomas, a Vietnam veteran, Soto Zen priest ordained by Tetsugen Glassman Roshi. student of Thich Nhat Hanh, and member of the Zen Peacemaker Order, will walk about 20 miles a day across the United States to share engaged Buddhist practice, beginning March 1, 1998. For information. to join the pilgrimage. or to contribute funds. food. or lodging. contact Zaltho Foundation, (508) 369-6112.
Finding Freedom Jarvis Masters has written Finding Freedom. an inspiring collection of ret1ections about his experiences in San Quentin as a Buddhist practitioner on death row. The book can be ordered from Parallax Press. For information on ways to help Jarvis or to help make Finding Freedom available to other prisoners, contact Conny Lindley, (541) 846-6160. fax: (541) 846-7847. email: email@example.com.
Buddhist Economics Engaged Buddhist exemplars Sulak Sivaraksa and A.T. Ariyaratne will offer a class on Buddhist Economics at Schumacher College in Devon. England, January 11-31, 1998. For information, contact Schumacher College, The Old Postern. Dartington. Devon TQ9 6EA, UK.