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A letter to President Obama for a Free Burma

From Hozan Alan Senauke at the Clear View Project, on behalf of Western Buddhist Teachers for a Free Burma

The following letter just went out to President Obama and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton regarding serious concerns about the elections in Burma coming up later this week. It was signed by more than 100 Western Buddhist teachers.

November 1, 2010

Dear President Obama,

As you know, the upcoming elections in Burma, scheduled for November 7th cannot be legitimate without participation of the National League for Democracy (NLD). The NLD is boycotting this sham process because the Burmese military regime has designed electoral laws that insure that a rigged and non-representative election will transpire precluding the participation of Burma’s 2100 political prisoners and other democracy supporters. As leaders in the western Buddhist community, we implore you to repudiate the results of this upcoming election.

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Meet the editors of MahaSangha News and Calendar

MahaSangha News and Calendar are brought to you by YOU, our readers who post news and event listings—as well as by 5 volunteer editors who generously offer their time and talents to these areas. We introduce them below.

Eileen MalloyEileen Malloy is a freelance writer and editor in Louisville, CO. She practices and teaches Buddhism at the Boulder Shambhala Meditation Center, teaches ESL at Colorado University’s International English Center, and tests English proficiency for international students and business people. Eileen also drives a school bus for the Boulder Valley School District.

Walt Hernandez is a writer, editor, and essayist. He has been a Walt Hernandezpracticing Shambhala Buddhist since 2006 and has attachments to photography, fine literature, and epicurean pleasures. When he’s not at his computer writing stories or lost in the pages of a good book, you can find him out-and-about the beaches of South Florida discovering new places and people to write about, or spoiling his niece and nephews by indulging their every whim. A gypsy and travel enthusiast, he currently makes Miami his home-base.

GinaGriffinGina Griffin is a graphic designer, painter, fiber artist and serious foodie. She embraces a monastic lifestyle that allows her to keep books in the bed and read into the wee small hours of the morning without complaint. She is on a path to study Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, and also hopes to start graduate school in fall 2010.

057carmenCarol Leach, a freelance editor and writer, began her career in New York and is now based in New England. She edits books, articles, scholarly works, and speeches on a wide variety of subjects, with special interest in the arts, humanities, spirituality, and psychology. Her writing projects include publicity for nonprofits, advertising copy, and corporate communications. Outside of work, she is known for her valiant attempts at parenting, her forays into costuming, and her appreciation for the talents of S.J. Perelman, Ethel Merman, Elvis Costello, and Carmen Miranda.

16659_846641531429_819009_48687776_960427_nKatie Weisberger is a freelance photographer, editor and designer living in Boulder, CO. She was thrown into Buddhism in early 2003 on a study abroad program in Sikkim, India. After graduating from New York University in 2004, she made her way westward to Shambhala Mountain Center, where she lived and worked for two years. She is an art lover, an avid traveler — most recently to Brazil — and the new mother of an amazing eight-month-old girl, Zoe Nila Smith.

…. Thank you, all 5, for getting the news out with such grace and gusto!

International Buddhist Film Fest closes out 10 day run in London; over 5000 attend

Over 5,000 people attended the first International Buddhist Film Festival (IBFF)   held in London. Forty-six films from eighteen nations-dramatic features, comedies, documentaries and animated works, including twenty-seven UK premieres-were presented over ten days at the Barbican Centre, the largest multi-arts center in Europe, and twenty guest filmmakers, speakers and musicians were on hand. Read More »