…once again this blog is on the move – last time, though! In an effort to both renew my practice and avoid limitations on embeds and the like (no CNN? really? ^_-) I’ve moved to a whole domain. There’s still construction dust everywhere, but it’s basically all there, and that’s where I’ll be, starting today. I’d love it if you’d come join me! Please update bookmarks/blogrolls as appropriate.
What I don’t see is equal questioning of Buddhist chaplains in prisons. If we accept that thieves, rapists, murderers and child molesters need spiritual care, how can we question the provision of spiritual care for soldiers, sailors, airmen and women, and marines?
(“Playing basketball on Lazy Day at Deer Park Monastery in mid-June.”)
Via @thichnhathanh and plumvillage.org, comes news that Thich Nhat Hanh is recovering from a lung infection in the hospital. All seems OK, but he’ll be in the hospital for a couple of weeks being treated with antibiotics. For more, please see this .pdf of Thầy’s letter to all retreatants in YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, Colorado.
You may also read the latest statement from the sangha regarding the remainder of the tour. Please visit http://tnhtour.org/2009/2009-08-24-Public-Stateme…
Via Danny Fisher: Other Buddhist Organziations Join Tzu Chi Foundation in Contributing to Typhoon Morakot Relief Efforts
Buddhist aid organizations mentioned:
– Master Cheng Yen’s Tzu Chi Foundation
– The late Master Sheng-yen’s Dharma Drum Mountain
– Master Hsing Yun’s Fo Guang Shan
– Master Wei Chueh’s Chung Tai Shan.
If you are not familiar with it, Rev. Danny is trying to get a viral campaign going of folks reading the Metta Sutta in virtual solidarity for the monastics of Burma. As reported in the The Irrawaddy:
Buddhist monks at the Myat Saw Nyi Naung Pagoda in Yenangyaung, Magway Divison, were warned on Wednesday not to hold a ceremony to chant the Metta Sutta—the Buddha’s discourse on loving-kindness.
The monks originally planned a 12-hour-long recitation, scheduled to start at 6 p.m. Wednesday, to mark the full moon day of the fifth month of the Burmese calendar, traditionally celebrated as “Metta Sutta Day” by Burmese Buddhists.
“We only intended to recite Buddhist sutras, including the Metta Sutta, to wish for all sentient beings to be peaceful and free from anxiety. But the authorities told us to call off our plans,” a monk from Yenangyaung told The Irrawaddy on Thursday.
Similar ceremonies are normally held throughout the country on this day. However, since a brutal crackdown on the monk-led protests of 2007, which featured marching monks reciting the Metta Sutta, most monasteries have been wary of publicly chanting the sutra.