Sharing Vocations – May 2011

We are pleased to present you with the 5th Sharing Vocations newsletter, which is the sharing of wisdom and experiences between members of the Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders. Thank you to those who have contributed to this edition.


Leaders’ Milestones

May-June 2011

His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, will be travelling in the USA, India and Australia over the next few weeks.

He will be teaching in Minneapolis on May 8, participating in a session on Medicine –  Buddha Empowerment in a program organized by the Center for Spirituality and Healing and the Tibetan American Foundation of Minnesota. That same day he will give a public talk on Peace Through Inner Peace. The next day he will be in Dallas, TX,  and will give a keynote address at Southern Methodist University. From there he travels to Fayetteville, AR, and will participate in a panel discussion on Turning Swords into Ploughshares: The Many Paths of Non-Violence and following that will participate in a conference in Newark, NJ, USA.

His Holiness will be teaching in Dharamsala, India on June 3 & 4: and then will be in Melbourne, Australia from June 11 to 13: He will give a public talk in Canberra, on June 14: A Conversation with HHDL on Happiness, Life & Living – Love and Forgiveness and will arrive in Brisbane  on June 15 to participate in a youth forum on No Matter What Never Give Up. After further talks on the east coast, he then travels to Perth, where on June 19 His Holiness will give a public talk on A Conversation with HHDL on Happiness, Life & Living – Spirituality in the Modern World.

May 2011

Imam Plemon T. El-Amin of Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam, joined Christian and Jewish colleagues this week in imploring fellow Georgians to consider the diverse teachings of multiple faiths, which share common ground in helping those who are neighbors or strangers in our communities.

He quoted the verse from the Quran: “Let not those among you endued with grace and amplitude of means resolve by oath against helping their kinsmen, or those in want, or those who have migrated from their homes in the cause of God. Let them forgive and overlook, do you not wish that God should forgive you? For God is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”

He participated in the interfaith statement protesting a proposed immigration bill that said: ‘Today we need to remember these words and their meaning as our governor and our state consider signing into law an immigration bill that will have drastically negative effects on our communities and our economy. We need to focus on reaching a higher middle ground, not putting up a wall.’

February 2011

Sayadaw Ashin Nyanissara has been very busy releasing videos explaining the spirituality and practices of Theravada Buddhism on the world wide web.

About Theravada Buddhism part 1 by Sitagu Sayadaw Ashin Nyanissara can be found here.

February 2011

Swami Atmapriyananda, Sheikh Muhammed Kabbani and Metropolitan Nikitas Lulias were members of the Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders who participated with leading religious scholars at the Guerrand-Hermes Forum for Interreligious Study of Mysticism and Spirituality in Morocco. The forum was a project of the Elijah Interfaith Academy and was hosted by Simon Xavier Hermes at his residence in Marrakesh. After three days’ deliberation, participants agreed on the parameters of the areas of research and activity for the future.

Picture shows Metropolitan Nikitas Lulias, Fr Laurence Freeman, Geshe Tashi Tsering and Swami Atmapriyananda (more details of the seminar appeared in the most recent issue of Sharing Wisdom).

January 2011

Nazeer Ahmed visited Bangalore, India in January in connection with Nazeer Saheb Charities Trust, of which he is the founder and patron. The Trust provides scholarships to poor students and undertakes public works of importance to the community. Recently, Nazeer designed and built a prayer area (Iddgah) and cemetery complex in Tumkur located 40 miles from Bangalore. The Iddgah is unique and has very subtle Sufi features.

Nazeer recently published his translation of the Qur’an from Arabic into simple American English in Bangalore, India. The work was in preparation for three years. Friends at Elijah may request a complimentary copy of the Qur’an in English by writing to Nazeer at nazeer.ahmed(@)

Making Headlines

26 March 2011

The Times of India reported that ‘Social activist’ Swami Agnivesh phoned Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh, briefed him on his travel plans, and then embarked on a trip to the three villages allegedly burnt by the police in Dantewada. The report continues ‘But he still could not get there. Along with his co-travellers, two teachers of ‘Art of Living’, he was physically obstructed and abused by a crowd on Saturday morning at Dornapal town, roughly 50 kilometres short of the villages. “He was pulled out his car, his turban dislodged, eggs were hurled at him,” said an eyewitness.’

February 2011

The International Catholic-Jewish Liaison Committee (ILC) met in Paris to discuss the future of the dialogue begun after the Catholic Church renounced its Antisemitism and declared its respect for Judaism at the Second Vatican Council in 1965. Elijah Board members, Rabbis David Rosen and Richard Marker, were prominent in the forum.


12th Sakyadhita International Conference on Buddhist Women
Karma Lekshe Tsomo
Conference Theme: “Leading to Liberation”

Sakyadhita is delighted to announce the 12th Sakyadhita International Conference on Buddhist Women, to be held in Bangkok from June 12 to 18, 2011. A tour of the cultural riches of the ancient capital of Ayutthaya will follow on June 19. The panel titled “Speaking of Other Religions…” will include Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, and Muslim speakers.

Sakyadhita International Association of Buddhist Women continues to bring women of the world together through global conferences. Founded in 1987, Sakyadhita is dedicated to fostering gender equity, scholarship, social networking, and harmony among Buddhist women. The 12th Sakyadhita Conference in Bangkok, Thailand, will continue this tradition of uniting dedicated practitioners and allies – lay, ordained, and neither lay nor ordained – to encourage their work for the spiritual and secular well-being of the world. The 11th Sakyadhita Conference, held in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, in January 2010 attracted 2400 participants.

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