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Buddhadharma : Spring 2006
spring 2006| 88 |buddhadharma ■ The Buddhist Council of the Midwest and DePaul University are hosting the conference Women Living the Dharma on March 11, in Chicago. It will bring together authors, monas tics, teachers, artists, and lay practitioners from a variety of Buddhist tra ditions to dis cuss women in Buddhism. Buddhist scholarprac titioner Rita Gross (above) will give the keynote address and a panel discussion will include Rev. Kyoki Roberts, head priest of the Zen Center of Pittsburgh; Abbess Khenmo Drolma of the Vajra Dakini Nunnery; and Ven. Sudh amma Bhikkhuni of the Carolina Buddhist Vihara. Participation is limited to 400. ■ gina Sharpe starts her new role as president of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, this Janu ary. Sharpe (below) is a cofounder of the New York Insight Medita tion Center and played an instru mental role in establishing the east coast’s annual People of Color Vipassana retreat (see page 90). “IMS is one of the oldest and most respected Western Buddhist centers,” Sharpe says. “It is an honor to serve the organization and help future generations to access the Buddha’s teachings of liberation.” Sharpe, who succeeds Andrew Day, has been an IMS board member since 2000. ■ Reflecting on the fact that many of San FranciSco Zen cen- ter’s early members are aging and finding it more difficult to participate in community events, David Chadwick – longtime SFZC member and author of Crooked Cucumber, the biography of Suzuki Roshi – has initiated a homevisit program called Zen Aluminati. Members of the Alu minati will make monthly visits to dharma brothers and sisters “who have gotten older and can’t get out so easily.” Martha de Barros and Bruce Fortin, two Zen teach ers with experience in hospice work, signed up as the first official volunteers. “The Zen Aluminati will encourage people like me who avoid this sort of selfless behavior to do just a little bit now and then,” says Chadwick. “And then maybe someday when we’re lying somewhere, staring at the ceiling, some young whippersnap per will come by on their way to the beach and hang out with us a bit.” Interested volunteers can click on the Aluminati link on Chad wick’s website: www.cuke.com. ■ The e-vam inStitute oF neW York, under the direction of Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche, will host a unique “summer school” May 26–31 that will bring to gether teachers and students from the Tibetan, Theravada, and Zen traditions for study, reflection, and meditation. It’s modeled after a program that Traleg Rinpoche has hosted in Australia for the past 23 years. Marianne Mar strand, one of the summer school organizers, says, “It’s important to bring Buddhists of different traditions together since Bud dhism has much to say about issues of global importance.” The program will be held at at Simon’s Rock College in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, and faculty includes Traleg Rinpoche, John Daido Loori, Bhikkhu Bodhi, Samuel Bercholz, B. Alan Wallace, and Daniel Goleman. To register, visit www.evam.org. ■ hoitSu SuZuki (below), eldest son of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, has been named to the prestigious position of tanto, the priest in charge of the practice of the monks, at Eiheiji, Soto Zen’s most important training temple in Japan. Hoitsu is the abbot of Rinsoin temple in Yaizu, Shizuoka prefecture, and his son Shungo will take over his duties there while he’s at Eiheiji for three years. Apparently, Hoitsu used to always say he hated zazen, but now, he says, “I’ve changed.” The tanto has to follow the same schedule of zazen and services as the new monks. ■ A panel called Writing the BuDDha will be a part of this year’s Association of Writers and Writing Programs’ (AWP) annual conference, taking place March 8 ENSO SpeakS voLumeS By Katie Zdybel e NSO is a new arts journal you will want to sit down with and spread out at a large table. Its broadsheet format signals that each page should be turned slowly, and the content deserves such a pace. Its oversize type in bold red, stark white, and rich black conveys a beautiful simplicity, although the dharma poems, stories, and essays would hold their own even without such an artful design. ENSO: Buddhist Arts Journal was created by Koshin Paley Ellison and designing team Cool Gray Seven, under the spiritual guidance of Roshi Pat O’Hara of the Village Zendo in New York. The new publica- tion’s production unfolded smoothly, says editor Ellison: “The deci- sions for ENSO felt more like a flow than a plan. It arose out of a vision discussed by two dharma brothers while they were gardening in the mountains.” The journal’s contributors, who include John Daido Loori, Robert Aitken, Peter Matthiesson, Shohaku Okumura, and Joan Halifax, were “enthusiastic from the beginning,” says Ellison, and when the first pages of the 500-copy print run rolled off the press, “it was cause for celebration.” Poets, storytellers, and supporters gathered in New York on January 25 to celebrate the launch of the journal, which will be published annually. “The purpose of ENSO is to provide an experience of the dharma,” says Ellison. “The large format allows people to pause and experi- ence the art and text created by a host of wonderful writers, artists, translators, poets, and teachers.” But what is perhaps most refreshing about the premier issue − aside from its bold design − is the absence of advertising. “We chose to keep it visually consistent and to pro- vide spaciousness,” Ellison explains. “The reader can be completely immersed without distraction.” This is a rare treat in the publishing world, where most publications survive through advertising revenue. By eliminating the extraneous, ENSO has succeeded in communicat- ing the essential − in a mere twelve pages, ENSO’s artfully displayed dharma speaks volumes. LIZAMATTHEWSLIBBYVIGEONBARBARAWENGERLEFT:ALISONWRIGHT,RIGHT:LIZAMATTHEWSHEINRICH-HARRER-MUSEUM,A-9375HüTTENBERG,AUSTRIA