Date: 05/23/05 01:16:09
Subject: [CASonline] CAS's Vesak Day treats !!
CAS's Vesak Day little sweet delights......
The beings of CAS visited 17 saintly retreatants: very holy beings have pledged to be in retreat till death in their strive to attain Enlightenment for the good of all ....
A most precious opportunity to offer sponsorships to 17 monks in life-long retreat in the hills of Dharamsala.... estimated cost of about S$30/- a month.
Extremely rare opprotunity to create merit in relation to these living-Bodhisattvas !!
Email bb at CAS for details / to sponsor the17 retreatants.
VCD of three-dimensional depiction of the Thirteen Deity Yamantaka Vajrabhairava's great mandala is available for private circulation for students who have received initiation of this deity and are maintaining the commitments well. The VCD is produced by a Tibetan monastery in conjunction with Cornell University.
Offers to help duplicate and post the VCDs are very much appreciated and needed !!
The practice-text [ "sadhana" ] of the Thirteen Deity Yamantaka Vajrabhairava is available. Again, available only for students who have received this deity's complete initiation and are keeping the commitments nicely.
Email bb at CAS for it.
The succint but comprehensive and scrupulously layout of the 100 Peaceful and Wrathful Deities - the "Kar Ling Shi-Tro" - is available for students who have received initiation of this practice and are maintaining the commitments. It is collated from various sources, mainly from teachings by HE Garje Khamtrul Rinpoche. Email bb at CAS for it.
Email bb at CAS to offer your help towards CAS's Dharma events....
- transport of the Venerables
- printing / distribution of posters / texts
- manning of the counters during the programmes
- residence for the Venerables
- Offering of sponsorships
- helping to buy food / beverage for the volunteers and Venerables during the programmes
- any others !!
A very precious opportunity to help to offer the holy Teachings to all and to work with many of the holy Dharma programmes with CAS.....
much much Merit always [ for the good of all !! ]
[ Very ] Nice News
Nobel laureates to tackle world woes in Jordan (AFP)
World's top thinkers in economics, medicine, physics, literature to think about where world is
By Randa Habib
PETRA, Jordan (AFP), May 16 - The Dalai Lama, former US president Bill Clinton and Hollywood actor
Richard Gere will be among the Nobel laureates and celebrities gathering in the ancient Jordanian
city of Petra this week with the lofty goal of trying to fix the world's woes.
A total of 36 of the world's top thinkers in economics, medicine, physics and literature are
expected to attend the May 18-19 conference, being hosted by Jordan's King Abdullah II and Nobel
Peace Prize Winner Elie Wiesel.
"The whole initiative is to bring the best of minds together to think about where the world is
going," said Jordan's Finance Minister Bassem Awadallah.
"They are coming in from various disciplines in order to discuss issues because they believe the
world is in real danger."
Over the course of two days, the 29 laureates and other leaders will examine and try to find
solutions for problems in four main areas, including terrorism and peace, economic development and
poverty, health and environment, and education and media.
"They might come up with a process," said Awadallah. "Maybe they will agree to meet once every
year for two years, to launch a website."
The conference will take place amid centuries-old rose-coloured ruins of Petra, a World Heritage
Site some 200 kilometres (125 miles) south of the capital Amman.
It is being held just days ahead of a World Economic Forum summit on the banks of the Dead Sea in
Awadallah said Jordan was chosen as the venue for the Nobel meeting because "they think Jordan is
a country of moderation where they can bring people from all hopes of life, thinking about the
future in a very ancient setting of achievement, Petra."
"They saw in King Abdullah a young leader who is committed not only to modernise his country and
to stabilise the region but also to contribute to global peace, security and development."
King Abdullah told reporters when the conference was first announced in March: "Today, more than
ever, we need creative minds to address the issues of the age. And one of the most urgent is this:
How can humanity know so much, achieve so much, and still fail so many people so badly?"
Organizer Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor and writer, co-sponsored a similar conference in 1988, when
French President Francois Mitterrand hosted some 75 Nobel laureates.
"Can we effect a change?" said Wiesel in promotional materials for this year's conference. "Can we
bring about a 'merger' between power and morality? We are on a runaway train hurtling toward the
abyss. Do we have the determination to stop it? It will not be easy but we must, lest our past
become our children's future."
Other conference attendees include Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Shimon Peres, who won the 1994
peace prize, former Northern Ireland Protestant leader David Trimble, a 1998 peace laureate, and
author Wole Soyinka who won the 1986 literature prize.
List of the participants
King Abdullah II of Jordan
Elie Wiesel (US, 1986 peace prize)
The Dalai Lama (Tibet, 1989 peace)
Former US president Bill Clinton Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa
Singapore senior minister Goh Chok Tong
Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Shimon Peres (1994 peace)
Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister Surakiart Sathiratha
Former IMF managing director Michel Camdessus (France)
World Economic Forum executive chairman Klaus Schwab (Switzerland)
Ismail Serageldin, Alexandria Library director
Richard Gere (US film actor, activist)
Betty Williams (Ireland, 1976 peace)
Sir Aaron Klug (Britain, 1982 chemistry)
Dudley Herschbach (US, 1986 chemistry)
Wole Soyinka (US, 1986 literature)
Jean-Marie Lehn (France, 1987 chemistry)
Johann Deisenhofer (US, 1988 chemistry)
Professor Erwin Neher (Germany, 1991 physiology and medicine)
Jose Ramos-Horta (Australia, 1996 peace)
Harold Kroto (Britain, 1996 chemistry)
Robert Merton (US, 1997 economics)
Stanley Prusiner (US, 1997 physiology and medicine)
David Trimble (Northern Ireland, 1998 peace)
Walter Kohn (US, 1998 chemistry)
Guenter Blobel (US, 1999 physiology and medicine)
Gerardus 'T Hooft (Holland, 1999 physics)
Zhores Alferov (Russia, 2000 physics)
Eric Kandel (US, 2000 physiology and medicine)
James Heckman (US, 2000 economics)
V.S. Naipaul (Britain, 2001 literature)
Daniel Kahneman (US, 2002 economics)
Riccardo Giaconni (US, 2002 physics)
Richard Axel (US, 2004 physiology and medicine)
Aaron Ciechanover (Israel, 2004 chemistry)
David Gross (US, 2004 physics)
Avram Hershko (Israel, 2004 chemistry)
Finn Kydland (US, 2004 economics)
You must be very busy with Vesak Day preparations. Hope you are still
swimming in the ocean of bliss, despite the hectic time for you !
I need your help with 2 things :
a) I know of someone who needs to rent a room in Bukit Batok (preferably
within 10min walking distance of MRT). Budget is around S$300 per month.
Would anyone in your extensive network happen to either have a room in that
area for rent or know of someone with a room to rent ? The prospective
tenant is a very good girl and is coming here to study at Shatec, so I think
it's best if the current occupants of the flat do not include screaming
She's coming mid-June, so I'm in a little bit of a hurry. Whoever has a room
in that area to rent, may email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org with
details of the flat and their phone number and I will get back to them.
Sorry for the last minute request, but she just received confirmation that
her student visa has been approved.
Many thanks for helping to disseminate the info.
b) I know that the gift of Dharma is the best gift and that half the year is
almost gone, but I am wondering if any students in your school or any other
schools where other CAS members work, who are interested in studying, but in
financial difficulties, need assessment books for the year.
Another charitable organisation was looking for donations for assessment
books for all the children of the 50 poorest families in a neighbourhood
school. My concern is that those children might not even be interested in
studying or capable of benefitting from the assessement books. Those 50
families are already getting food supplies once a month from the same
charitable organisation, and my concern was that a very select group was
getting handouts, which they or may not be appreciating or using. There are
different ways of measuring poverty and it could well be that more deserving
students, who needed assesment books, would not get them because their
families were not considered "financially needy" according to the whatever
parameters are used by the powers that be.
Thanks for your help, bb. Which bouncing bug are you this week, by the way ?