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      September 10, 2009

      Thursday   6:00 PM

      Denver, Colorado 80209

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      Buddhist Leadership Conference: A Celebration of American Buddhist Diversity

      Join the 2009 Buddhist Leadership Conference, Thursday, September 10, through Sunday, September 13, 2009, at Naropa University, in Boulder, Colorado. Please mark your calendar and save the date. Please email Jordan for a registration form. There are several 'scholarships' available, if you would like to attend and are in financial hardship. This Conference will feature as its keynote speaker, the renowned Tenzin Robert Thurman, who will challenge us with Is There An “American” Buddhism? As part of Naropa’s Lenz Foundation Distinguished Lecturer Series, Professor Janice Willis from Wesleyan University will address Dharma Diversity: The Many Faces of Buddhism in America; and the closing speaker, Naropa’s own outstanding Professor Judith Simmer-Brown’s will discuss Ten Years Later: Prospects For American Buddhism. The Conference will include a presentation of Naropa’s work in contemplative education (sample a classroom experience) and the work of its Resident Fellows, who are funded by the Foundation. Grant partner Roshi Dennis (Genpo) Merzel from Big Mind will open your mind as he reveals Shadow Voices of American Buddhism. You will also experience the teaching techniques and programs of grant partners Roshis Denis (Jun Po) Kelly and George (Dai En) Burch of Hollow Bones/Friends of Zen as they lead you through their Mondo Zen™ - ego deconstruction process and then present a panel of students, teachers, counselors and martial artists who are using the process in various educational and professional settings. Included on the panel will be grant partner Stan Koehler and his youthful colleagues from Peace on the Street, featured on the Winter 2008 cover of Tricycle: a Buddhist Review (meditation and martial arts brought together for inner city youths). In addition, a panel led by Tenzin Robert Thurman and Roshi Bernie Glassman (Peacemaker Circle) will address American Buddhist social action. On the practical side of the Foundation’s mission to promote American Buddhism, Lynne Twist, the author of The Soul of Money, will discuss fundraising. The work of students and teachers active in the Lenz community who use the many fine works of Dr. Lenz (Rama), which are available on the Foundation’s website Storefront, will also be showcased. Finally, all participants are invited to early morning meditation sessions conducted by the esteemed guests, who will also discuss meditation practice and its impact. The goal is for participants to become better acquainted with each other and their respective works and programs, with an eye toward mutual cooperation and support. There will also be a book fair featuring the works of our Conference attendees. A nominal registration fee of $200 is being charged for all programs (with preferred seating), meals, beverages and complimentary wine/beer service, entertainment, and a welcome gift leather-bound zippered notebook. Included are an informal first night get-acquainted buffet gathering, lunch and dinner on both Friday and Saturday, and the closing Sunday lunch banquet, along with daily continental breakfasts and refreshments. The Distinguished Lecturer and keynote speakers will be presented on Thursday evening and Friday evening, respectively. On Saturday evening, enjoy the music of Joaquin Lievano and other entertainment. There is also available a “programs only” registration – without meals and extras – for $85 ($55 for Naropa students). The Conference is limited to 150 persons at the $200 registration level, so register early. Email Jordan for a Conference Information Sheet for lodging and transportation in Boulder. Hope you can join us in September, and let us learn from you and give back something in return: an environment in which to better know each other, and a voice in helping to shape the implementation of the Foundation’s mission in the years to come. This is also an opportunity to get an update on the important activities and programs of our other Grant Partners including, among others, Tricycle magazine’s online developments (James Shaheen, editor-in-chief), Peacemaker Circle’s Zen House training and establishment (Roshi Bernie Glassman), Ashoka, the eDharma university’s online education and Buddhist network (Stuart Carduner), Roshi Gerry (Shishin) Wick (Great Heart Way), Fleet Maull’s Prison Dharma Network, the Lineage Project, and the Tibetan translation projects of the Light of Berotsana and Osel Dorje Nyingpo organizations.

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