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BGR ED Kim Behan Honored by Oxfam America

Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi

Kim-Close UpThis year Oxfam America is celebrating International Women’s Day, held annually on March 8th, by asking their staff and supporters to share stories of “women who are making a difference in the fight against hunger, poverty, and injustice.” One of their staff members chose as her inspirational model BGR Executive Director, Kim Behan! The writer is Oxfam America’s Manager of Strategic Alliances Elizabeth Carty, whom Kim and I first met in Washington DC in 2010 and who helped us establish an ongoing partnership with Oxfam America.

 In the covering email, the Oxfam America team wrote to Kim: “Thank you so much for all the work you’ve been doing to make a difference in your community and in the world. You’re an inspiration to us.” And, I would add, she is an inspiration to all of us at BGR—truly one of the world’s outstanding Buddhist women.

Here is the text of Elizabeth’s submission, the original of which can be found here:

Kim Behan – Westminster, CO

Submitted by Elizabeth Carty – Newton, MA

I am honoring Kim Behan, Executive Director of Buddhist Global Relief, because of her dedication to helping end hunger, poverty, and injustice. I first met Kim at a White House briefing for Faith Leaders in 2010. Her friendly and warm personality immediately drew me in, and we became fast friends. We were thrilled when Kim agreed to become an Oxfam Sisters on the Planet Ambassador. Not only has she and Buddhist Global Relief partnered over the years with Oxfam on World Food Day and International Woman’s Day, but they have also donated over $131,800 to Oxfam partners and projects over the past 3 years.

Like all staff at Buddhist Global Relief, Kim takes no salary but donates her time and expertise to the organization. She is truly dedicated to ending hunger, poverty, and injustice, and understands well how this vision will only be achieved by investing in women.

Kim, I am proud to honor you this International Woman’s Day!

Translation Award for Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi

by Kim Behan

Our chairman and founder, Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, received a special honor in late April when he was informed that his translation of the Anguttara Nikaya, The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha, was chosen to receive the 2013 Khyentse Foundation Prize for Outstanding Translation Work. The prize was established by the well-known Bhutanese lama, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, founder and chairman of the Khyentse Foundation. The purpose of the prize is “encouraging and honoring excellence in translation works that make the Buddhist heritage accessible to a broader public.” The Khyentse Foundation board set up the prize in 2011 and Ven. Bodhi’s translation was the second work to receive it. The prize’s selection committee is made of five Buddhist scholars: Naomi Appleton, Sarah McClintock, Tom Tillemans, Paul Harrison, and Peter Skilling. Peter Skilling is also the chair of the committee.

awardPhoto-CRPOn May 27th, Ven. Bodhi traveled to New York to receive the prize from Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, who was in New York on a short visit. Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche is also the founder of Lotus Outreach International, a humanitarian organization dedicated to serving and educating poor children in India and Cambodia. BGR has partnered with Lotus Outreach on numerous projects, among them the Girls Access To Education (GATE) and Non-Formal Education programs. Besides his eminence as a Buddhist teacher, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche is also known as a filmmaker, his two major films being The Cup (1999) and Travellers and Magicians (2003).

The $8,000 prize will be divided into two even portions. One portion of $4,000 is to be used to send sets of the four Nikayas, in English translation, to libraries, monasteries, and other institutions around the world. The other $4,000 was donated to BGR to fund projects in food aid, agricultural development, education, and right livelihood training.

Helping Hungry Kids in Haiti

From BGR Executive Director, Kim Behan:

I would like to share the heartfelt communications from Margaret Trost, Founder of the What If? Foundation, on the occasion of the anniversary of the food program we support in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The need for these meals is still great, and many of the children coming to the food program are still living permanently in tents together with their families. For many of these children the meal they receive here is their only meal of the day.

It commonly happens that when the news disappears from the headlines, funds that would be donated to help people trapped in a crisis dry up along with the help those donations facilitate. But Buddhist Global Relief remains firm in its commitment to the poor children of Haiti. We have been supporting and renewing the food program in Port-au-Prince for the past few years and plan to continue to support it into the future. If you wish to show your own concern for the children of our island neighbor in the Caribbean, you can donate to BGR or directly to the What If? Foundation.

With metta,
Kim Behan

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