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Vision for a Harbor in Cyberspace
"Great discoveries, in mathematics and other disciplines, once they have been discovered, seem so obvious as to make everyone, including their discoverer, seem foolish for not having discovered them before." 
-- G. Spencer Brown, Laws of Form

The word dharma came to us from the Sanskrit language of ancient India -- a language specially developed for expressing profound realization. The word means truth -- truth in the ordinary sense of the actual facts of a situation or the scientific principles that explain those facts; truth in the deeper sense of the teachings of the truly wise -- the Lord Buddha and all the others from different cultures and different times; and truth in the inner sense of one's own true path in life, one's "path with heart." 

'Haven' is an English word that means safe harbor or refuge. It originally came from an older word meaning to "heave" a boat up out of the water onto the shore. So a haven is not necessarily just a place for rest and relaxation -- the work may actually be harder than usual, as in the effort of lifting a large boat or of gathering supplies, setting up camp and making repairs. But there should be a sense of freedom from certain kinds of danger, and resources for proceeding on ones journey.

Various harbors offer different sorts of protection, supplies, and services. Here in this virtual harbor are resources for developing clear understanding, as an antidote to common and dangerous confusions about human nature and the world we live in. 

Well tested methods already exist for resolving many difficulties that are generally believed to be hopeless. For example, a basic truth of the ancient Shambhala teachings is that we all want to lead sane, dignified and confident lives -- and that this is possible.

Discovering, preserving and making available ancient and modern wisdom of all sorts, practical or profound, arising from whatever tradition, this is the goal that inspires us -- that and and finding or developing ways of putting this wisdom into practice. Now the emergence of the World Wide Web gives us a powerful tool for working together toward those goals.

If you assume that there's no hope, you guarantee that there will be no  hope. If you assume that there is an instinct for freedom, that there are opportunities to change things, there's a chance you may contribute to making a better world. That's your choice.
-- Noam Chomsky

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Working for all Connected Beings 
"The secret of life is to have a task, something you devote your entire life to, something you bring everything to, every minute of the day for the rest of your life. And the most important thing is, it must be something you cannot possibly do."
-- Henry Moore 

Who creates the Dharma Haven pages? The answer, so far, is pretty much "I do." I'm Terry Halwes, from New Haven, Connecticut, USA.  One of these days I'll create a page that tells more about me, but for now you can learn quite a bit about me, at least about some things I care a lot about, by looking at the various parts of the Web site. Or you can look at some of my writings about various topics.  Here are some of the pieces I've written, collected from around the Web site:

Essays by Terry Halwes

Many people help with various aspects of the work. My wife, Janet Sweeting, is largely responsible for the fact that I can afford to spend so much of my time doing this. Readers help by offering suggestions or requests or editorial changes. Whoever invented spell checking has made a major contribution, which would be even greater if I could remember to spell check the pages before putting them on the Web.

Bonnie Pasqualoni let me publish her article on the spiritual basis of Tibetan medicine. Carol S. Hyman let me share a little piece she wrote on a Buddhist perspective on living and dying.

I'd love to find ways for more people to contribute to Dharma Haven, whether by helping with cleaning up and improving the existing pages -- or just keeping them up to date -- or creating new ones. If you're interested in working together, you could suggest something you'd like to do, or I could make some suggestions. If you don't know anything about creating Web pages, I assure you that that is not a problem. Creating Web pages is not much more difficult than using a word processor, and I'd be hapy to train you. The whole colaboration can be done via e-mail, if you don't live near New Haven.

As far as contributing new material goes, Dharma Haven's vision is extremely non-sectarian. Articles on what can be learned from indiginous and endangered cultures and from the roots of Western culture, and any sustainable traditions of nonagressive education or healing, would be especially welcome. In some cases, I might suggest that you set up your own site, and would be happy to help you do that, if you like, whether your site were to be hosted by Dharma Haven or by some other host. New material can be contributed in any form -- you certainly don't have to make it into Web pages before you ask me to look at it. Audio and video materials can be published on the Web directly, if the quality of the content warrants the storage requirements and download time. 

If you know of valuable published material that has gone out of print,  I'd be glad to consider making it available on the Web if the copyrights have expired or if the copyright holders will grant permission for Web publication.

In my own contributions I'll probably be focusing more and more on education in general, and science education in particular, and on Western scientific psychology. We'll see. 

"I slept and dreamt that life was joy.
I awoke and saw that life was service.
I acted and behold, service was joy."
-- Rabindranath Tagore 

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Local Resources (Connecticut) 
tibetan centerstibetan handicraftstibetan museum

Yale University Libraries Online Catalog
Lists their extensive collection of Tibetan manuscripts.

Tibetan Buddhist Centers in Connecticut

Center for Dzogchen Studies

Chenrezig Tibetan Buddhist Center of Connecticut

Connecticut Diamond Way Buddhist Center

Hartford Karma Thegsum Chöling
New Milford Karma Kagyu Study Group

Odiyana Buddhist Center

Shambhala Center of New Haven
Hartford Shambhala Meditation Group

Major Tibetan Buddhist Centers Nearby

Kagyu Thubten Chöling -- Wappingers falls, NY

Karma Triyana Dharmachakra -- Woodstock, NY

Karmê Chöling -- Barnet, VT

Dzogchen Community -- Conway, MA
Shang Shung Institute -- Conway, MA

Tibetan Buddhist Centers in New York City

Tibetan Handcrafts

Dharma Jewel
1608 Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook, CT 06475
(Across from Saybrook Motor Inn); (860) 399-6082

Little Tibet
680 main Street, Middletown, Ct 06457
(860) 343-1975

Gateway To Tibet (Zagyel Studio)
60 main street, Phoenicia, NY
New and antique carpets, carpet repair

Tibetan Shops in New York City

Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art
 338 Lighthouse Avenue,  Richmond
Staten Island, New York         (718) 987-3500

The Newark Museum on Asianart.com
49 Washington Street Newark, New Jersey 07102-3176
General Information: 973-596-6550

Tibet House US Website - www.tibethouse.org
TIBET HOUSE US 22 West 15th Street New York, NY 10011
Tel: (212) 807-0563 Fax: (212) 807-0565.

The Office of Tibet
The Office of Tibet, New York. The official agency of His Holiness
the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Government-in-exile in America.

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