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Buddhadharma : Fall 2005
buddhadharma| 89 |fall 2005 dhaRma on thE wEB provide a networking base for those within the gay community who practice Buddhism. To learn more about QueerDharma, visit www.queerdharma.org. It is a helpful source of contacts, articles, and information about future retreats within the Buddhist GLBT community. ■ On May 6, the Buddhist chuRchEs of amERica held a ground breaking ceremony for the new Jodo Shinshu center to be built at 2140 Durant Ave. in Berkeley, California. Bishop Koshin Ogui led the ceremony and expressed his hope that the new center will help Jodo Shinshu take root among people who are not of Japanese descent. The 37,000-square-foot center will serve as the new headquarters of the Buddhist Churches of America, and will house both the Institute of Buddhist Studies and the Jodo Shinshu Study Center. Facilities will include classrooms, a practice and lecture hall, meeting spaces, offices, a bookstore, and housing for students and visiting scholars. ■ thE dalai lama will conduct his 30th Kalachakra empowerment in Andhra Pradesh, south India, in January of 2006. The event will coincide with the 2,550th anniversary of the Buddha’s death. The ceremony will be held at Amaravati, the site of a Buddhist stupa dating from the time of Emperor Ashoka. The area is closely associated with Dhanayakata, the place where Buddha first gave the Kalachakra empowerment. Information can be found at www.kalachakra06.com. ■ The well-known Nyingma lama and doctor of Tibetan med- icine, tRoGawa RinPochE, died on May 12 in Gangtok, India. He was in his seventies. Known to Westerners as Dr. Trogawa, he founded the Chagpori Tibetan Medical Institute in Darjeeling, which continues to offer a four-year training program in acupuncture, herbs, and other treatment meth- ods. Dr. Trogawa also spent time teaching in the U.S. and traveled regularly to Asia and Europe. ■ dhaRma lifE, the magazine of the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order, has ceased pub- lication after nine and a half years and 26 issues. Windhorse Publications, which handled the magazine’s distribution, advertis- ing sales, and financial manage- ment, along with the FWBO, decided they could no longer support Dharma Life. Refashioned from its predecessor, Golden Drum, in 1996, the magazine’s aim was “to feature accounts of personal experience and individual thought rather than collective positions,” says editor Vishvapani. The magazine’s final issue, Summer 2005, features a farewell section including quotes from each of the past 25 issues. Dharma Life will still produce an online magazine at www. dharmalife.com. ■ On May 1, the Buddhist PEacE fEllow shiP sent a letter of greeting to Pope Benedict XVI. The letter welcomed the new pope, stating, “What a wonderful, rare, and challenging opportunity you have to serve as a compassionate “Why kill the Buddha? Because the Buddha you meet is not the true Buddha, but an expression of your longing,” state Jeff Sharlet, Jeremy Brothers, and Peter Manseau, cre- ators of the website killinG thE Buddha. “We are endlessly amazed and enraged that religious discourse has become so bloodless, parochial, and boring.” A website for the spiritually skeptical, it provides a variety of perspectives not only on Buddhism, but on a number of other faiths. Visitors will encounter stories ranging from one man’s search for a grand- father figure in the late Pope John Paul II to a lyrical and outrageous prayer addressed to God’s “girlfriend.” Utne Reader magazine gave the site an Independent Press Award, lauding www.killingthebuddha.com as one of the top fifteen websites that could shake the world. All Theravada practitioners would do well to bookmark accEss to insiGht. Though not particularly flashy, www.accesstoinsight.org is a veritable mine of Theravada texts and information. The site’s “Beginnings” page is a great place for new Buddhists, or those curious about Buddhism, offering sections on what Theravada is, the Buddha’s teachings, how to meditate, and how to begin to study the sutras. The real gems of this site are the “Tipitaka” and “Library” sections. While the “Tipitaka” section does not give a complete translation of the Buddha’s three baskets of teachings, it is extensive. The “Library” page offers a collection of texts from modern Theravada masters. Be forewarned, however, it is easy to get lost in the site’s extensive archive. Simple and elegant in design, ZEn GuidE is a helpful online resource for Zen Buddhist practitioners. Located at www.zenguide.com, it offers the latest Zen and Buddhist news headlines. Want to chat with other Zen Buddhists about a par- ticular koan? Pick a handle and post your query on the site’s forum, where you can discuss it with other practitioners. Each time a new page of the site loads, an excerpt from a Buddhist teaching appears at the top. Following the link provided will lead you back to the “Stories, Books, and Media” section to see the entire teaching. nalandaBodhi, based in Wash- ington state and directed by The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, can be accessed via their website at www.nalandabodhi.org. The site, designed in part by Ponlop Rinpoche himself, aims to “support commu- nication between the Western and international Buddhist sanghas.” The site caters mainly to the Western side, featuring an online dharma shop, helpful links and articles on the Nalandabodhi community, and valuable teachings by Ponlop Rinpoche and Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche. There is also an account of the Karmapa’s 2000 escape to India, as well as updates on his current activities. SANDrASCAlES,FrOMSACREDVOICESOFTHENYINGMAMASTERS,PADMAPUBlISHINg2004TOMNISHIKAWA