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An award for meritorious service

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At the Buddhist Literary Festival of Canada 2021, I received an "pioneer recognition in gratitude" award as an early Buddhist community leader and publisher.  

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Earth Holder Community

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Moving from good intentions and well-conceived mission statements to an effective organization is not easy. I recently had the opportunity to learn more about one of America’s most successful engaged Buddhist organizations, the Earth Holder Community (EHC), in several conversations to find out how they have thrived in that challenge. I spoke with John Bell, one of the founders. He has over 40 years of experience in the youth field as a teacher, counselor, community organizer, program developer, leadership trainer, director, and parent. He is also an ordained Dharma teacher in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. Our conversation...

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Teaching the Buddhism of the Future, Not the Past

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Here's a video of my talk at the New Paths in Teaching Buddhist Studies conference at the R.N. Ho Centre for Buddhist Studies at the University of Toronto. The event was held in February 2020, just before the pandemic was announced. Ironically, my talk begins with a bit about how bad we are about predicting the future! The Centre's YouTube channel also has videos from 11 other speakers from the event.

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Kalyanamitra: A Model for Buddhist Spiritual Care

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Happily beginning editing and design on Rev. Monica Sanford's new book,  KALYANAMITRA: A Model for Buddhist Spiritual Care, which will be the 2nd book in our Chaplaincy Training series, along with A THOUSAND HANDS: A Guide to Caring For Your Buddhist Community. Aiming for publication in Autumn 2020.  

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BUDDHIST CHAPLAINCY / SUMERU

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Columbia University recently hosted a conference on Buddhist chaplaincy. Here is an article about it from Buddhistdoor:  https://www.buddhistdoor.net/news/columbia-university-hosts-buddhist-chaplaincy-conference-in-new-york One presenter was Nathan Jishin Michon, who attended from Japan where he is a Fulbright fellow at Tohoku University and doctoral candidate at the Graduate Theological Union’s Institute for Buddhist studies. Jishin is co-editor of A THOUSAND HANDS:  A Guidebook to Caring for Your Buddhist Community (one of the few books on Buddhist chaplaincy, and published by Sumeru) ... https://sumeru-books.com/collections/engaged-buddhism/products/a-thousand-hands-a-guidebook-to-caring-for-your-buddhist-community Another presenter was Rev. Monica Sanford, assistant director for spirituality and religious life at Rochester Institute of Technology. Rev. Sanford is the author of Kalyāṇamitra:...

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