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OBP Technology

Mobile Blogging

Today I downloaded the new WordPress 2 app for the iPhone. This blog entry was created on my iPhone. The app is super easy and functional.

During the past few months I’ve been doing my mobile blogging using Posterous and autoposting some entries over here on misc.joy. What I’ve liked about Posterous is the ease. Send an email. That’s it!

Now with this new WordPress app I have another option for mobile blogging.

If you have a WordPress blog and an iPhone, give the app a spin. If not, check out Posterous.

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Library OBP teaching Technology

Librarians Can Be So Strange

After you watch the video, head over to the Library 101 site and read the essays and other ideas.

Strange but GREAT and CREATIVE.

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General OBP

Obama awarded 2009 Nobel Peace Prize

Congratulations to a person who has given hope and vision to the world after such a long dark period.

I’m not saying he’s perfect (far from it) nor am I saying I agree with everything he’s done (I don’t) but he has made a positive change.

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Buddhism Ojai

Religious Freedom in Vietnam – Help Bat Nha

Thich Nhat Hanh, Sister Chan Khong and Kenley
Image by kenleyneufeld via Flickr

Do you believe in religious freedom? It is something we almost take for granted in our nation and in our world. However, there are places where religious freedom is a precious gift that must be struggled for to make a reality. This is the case in Vietnam.

For 39 years Nobel Prize Nominee and Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay) has lived in exile in France because he challenged the status quo of violence in his Motherland. Even after the “American War” ended, Thay was not allowed to return. That all changed in 2005 when he returned home to tour the country and give talks and share the dharma. He returned again in 2007 and 2008. I was honored to be a part of the initial delegation in 2005 and experienced the elation and joy of the Vietnamese people and the apparent opening up of the nation to new ideas and newfound religious freedom.

The trip also coincided with Vietnam’s desire to join the World Trade Organization, which has since happened. On a related note, the President of Vietnam just assumed the presidency of the United Nations Security Council.

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General

Urban City in a Small Town

Window display in Ojai Creates.

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General

Are you in Vietnam? Please Help.

The monks and nuns of BN are evicted from the temple and now are
staying temporarily in chua Phuoc Hue, the big temple of central Bao
Loc, right on the main highway Saigon-Dalat with the big statue and
locates next to the church. This is the temple that our delegation
visited with Thich Nhat Hanh on the trip 2007. Please get as many foreign faces
as possible to be there URGENTLY to WITNESS of what is happening. The
policeman are trying to finish the issue as quickly as they can to
avoid the media and public attention so they deny all legal
sponsorship of the abbot (ven. Thich Thai Thuan). They are making
pressure to him to ask the monastics leave IMMEDIATELY, not allow them
to spend even overnight but we know that is the safest place for our
brothers and sisters rightnow because it is not as far as Dambri and
they cannot control the road. So please tell any friend who is in VN
now come to Bao Loc RIGHT AWAY. Thank you so much.

Thanh Buoi bus leaves SG for Dalat once every hour. Their depot is in Le
Hong Phong St, District 5.

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Buddhism Politics

400 Monastics Being Forcefully Evicted Today

Dear friends: the situation at Bat Nha Monastery in Vietnam (also known as Prajna Temple) has become very critical. There are about 400 young monastics currently being evicted from the monastery by the Vietnamese government and local police. You can learn a bit more from a recent New York Times article called Tensions Rise as Police Question Monk’s Followers – the “monk” in this case is Thich Nhat Hanh.

These young monastics (mostly under age 25) have been living here since 2005 at the invitation of the local Abbott. However, they were asked to leave earlier this year. It is not so simple for monastics to simply disperse and go live alone or at home and that is why finding a suitable new location for 400 people is challenging. All the monastics are Vietnamese citizens and are practicing in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, the exiled Vietnamese Zen Master based in France.

If you want to learn more about the situation, please visit Help Bat Nha.

If you would like to help, please do any of the following:

  1. Pray for a nonviolent and peaceful resolution.
  2. Stay Informed. Follow Thich Nhat Hanh on Facebook or Twitter
  3. Send a postcard to the President of Vietnam in support of the 400 monks and nuns at Bat Nha. The postcard was first introduced at the Deer Park retreat in early September with Thich Nhat Hanh. The pdf files linked above can be double-side copied on card stock (text on one side, address on the other) and then cut in half (two post cards per sheet). A 98 cent stamp will ensure Air Mail delivery to Vietnam. Please consider copying them and taking postcards to your next Sangha meeting. You might offer to collect the cards and mail them yourself, asking perhaps for a donation for the stamp.
  4. Contacting U.S. Senators and Congresspersons, asking that they send a letter of concern about the situation of the monastics to the government of Vietnam. If you choose instead to write a letter, email will be the quickest option. Any letters addressed to Senators and Representatives’ Washington D.C. offices are inspected for security reasons and take an extra three weeks or so to reach their offices.
  5. Contacting Senators and Representatives on the Foreign Relations Committees. This file gives names and contact information for Senators and Representatives on Foreign Relations Committee subcommittees that would have interest in the situation at Bat Nha. If you live in their state or district, please call with your concern and request immediately.

Thank you for reading and for the support.

Update: You may wish to call members of the Vietnamese government. Mr. Le Thanh Phong- 091.386.5000, Mr. Troung Van Thu – 091.386.5294, and Mr. Ho Ba Thang 091.393.4718 are local members of the Vietnam government.


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