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Maia Duerr: The Jizo Chronicles

November 19, 2009

image - maiaphoto - from … link to Maia Duerr, former executive director of BPF and a great help to Vancouver BPF in getting us going, wrote:

Hi there good folks at Vancouver BPF,

Thought you might be interested in a new blog I have started on socially engaged buddhism — see

all the best,
Maia Duerr

Thanks, Maia. We’ll follow your posts there. Vancouver BPF


Getting It So Wrong: Arsenic in the Water

August 6, 2009

“Now, decades after the first arsenic alerts were sounded, Bangladeshi authorities and Unicef are finally testing the tube wells in order to gauge the extent of the contamination.

“Their task is a daunting one. It will take longer to test all of the tube wells than it took to dig them.”

Al Jazeera [article] Google [search]

Gaza: Canada Votes Against Fact-Finding Mission

January 13, 2009

UN human rights body to send fact-finding mission to Gaza
Canada cast the only negative vote for the non-binding resolution, which received the support of 33 of the Council’s 47 members, while 13 countries abstained. [full story]

…Gaza and the Ritual of Mutual Destruction

January 6, 2009

image - gaza-children-2008 - from The Buddhist Channelby Hozan Alan Senauke

Gaza is burning. The violence must end before anything else can happen. We can all think nice thoughts about right and wrong, who acted first, who acted worst. We can argue about politics — national, international, geopolitical, corporate. Whatever intellectual thread my mind pulls at quickly comes to a hopeless tangle. [article]

Bike Trailer for Homeless Victoria Binners

November 20, 2008

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An innovative new project in Victoria distributes specialized bikes and trailers to homeless people who earn an income by collecting recyclable bottles. The bike trailers provide “binners” with a custom-built cart for storing their belongings and collecting recyclables. The trailer floors fold out into a platform for a built-in emergency tent.

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Burma: 14 Democracy Activists Get 65 Years Each

November 13, 2008

image - Aung San Suu Kyi - from Richard Power and Time MagazineBurma Crisis Update: A Blogger Gets 20 Years, 14 Democracy Activists Get 65 Years Each; Meanwhile, Business as Usual for Energy Giants

by Richard Power [article]

“… Their sentences today were related to their involvement in the 2007 demonstrations, popularly known as the “Saffron Revolution.” Additional charges against them remain outstanding.”

Obama on What He Believes

November 13, 2008

image - Beliefnet logo - from www.beliefnet.comThe most detailed and fascinating explication of Barack Obama‘s faith came in a 2004 interview he gave Chicago Sun-Times columnist Cathleen Falsani when he was running for U.S. Senate in Illinois. The column she wrote about the interview has been quoted and misquoted many times over, but she’d never before published the full transcript in a major publication. [Read it here.]

Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh in USA 2009

November 11, 2008

image - Thich Nhat Hanh - from www.bluecliffmonastery.orgThich Nhat Hanh in the US:

August, September, October…

details here.

And bonus item:

Letter to CEO of KFC

See also earlier post:

Letter from Thich Nhat Hanh


RCMP Secretly Funded Anti-Insite Research

October 8, 2008

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Formal complaint to Auditor General requests an investigation into RCMP financing of four injection site critiques… [details]

One-Year Anniversary of the Saffron Revolution

September 10, 2008

The International Burmese Monks Organization (IBMO) has called for September 26 to be a Day of Action for Burma…

Western Buddhists owe a debt of gratitude to the Burmese for helping to bring the Buddha’s teachings to the West. They have kept and treasured the dharma for two thousand years. Whether Theravadan, Mahayana or Vajrajana, all Western Buddhists have been touched by the depth of Burmese Buddhism. And now many monasteries remain closed and thousands of monks remain unaccounted for. [article]