New Retreat Centers Ordinary Dharma in southern California and the Houston Zen Community are both in the process or purchasing country land for retreat centers. Ordinary Dharma has found property about two hours outside of Los Angeles and two hours outside of San Diego, and they have already begun to refurbish the structures and practice on the land. The Houston group is attempting to purchase a farm near Chappell Hill, Texas, owned by the late Margaret Austin. Both groups need to raise funds to procure land for the creation of regional, nondenominational retreat centers, wonderful examples of sangha building. Thich Nhat Hanh fully approves of their efforts to create these much needed resources and hopes that many people will help them "in their exciting adventures." Please send donations of any amount that you are able to contribute to this effort to Ordinary Dharma, 247 Horizon Avenue, Venice, CA 90291, (310) 396-5054 and the Margaret Austin Center, c/o Vicki Tidwell Palmer, 1001 Bayland, Houston, TX 77009, (713) 862-3414.
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Friendship Bridge, founded in 1988, works to facilitate the delivery of equipment and supplies directly to medical personnel in Vietnam. If you would like more information, please contact: Friendship Bridge, 33424 Deep Forest Road, Evergreen, CO 80439.
Friends of Peace Pilgrim is an all volunteer organization that publishes books and tapes in the spirit of Peace Pilgrim. Spending 28 years walking as a pilgrim, calling no place or every place home, Peace Pilgrim's life is an example of love and fearlessness in response to violence and confusion. The publications are offered free to those who ask. For a brochure, please contact: Friends of Peace Pilgrim, 43480 Cedar Avenue, Hemet, CA 92544; Tel: (714) 927-7678.
Vietnam Veteran Ministers
The National Conference of Vietnam Veteran Ministers will hold their annual meeting Nov. 8-12 at the Wash. Retreat House. The conference will coincide with the dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Women's Memorial, and the primary theme will be The Spiritual Healing of the Women of the Vietnam War. For information, contact: Rev. Philip Salois, P.O. Box 2965, Attleboro, MA. Tel: (508) 222-7313.
Veterans for Peace
VFP is a national organization of military veterans of all eras engaged in increasing public awareness of the costs of war, to restrain our government from intervening, overtly and covertly, in the internal affairs of other nations; to end the arms race and to reduce and eventually eliminate nuclear weapons; and to abolish war as an instrument of international policy. If you would like further information please write: Veterans For Peace, Inc. National Headquarters; P.O. Box 3881, Pordand, Maine 04104. Phone: (207) 773-1431.