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Buddhadharma : Spring 2008
buddhadharma| 87 |spring 2008 mahasangha news diving excursions as an environ- mental and community-service activity. Half of the goods the group finds are spruced up and sold at an annual fundraising yard sale, which this year raised $12,000, and the remaining items are donated. On a New York Times blog, Murray related the practice of dumpster diving—and recycling altogether—to the Bud- dhist monastic tradition of patch- ing robes. “Just taking care of a set of clothing to make it last a long time,” she says, “has a spiri- tual aspect to it.” ■ A traditional three-year Tibetan Buddhist medi- tation retreat began in November at Karma Thubten Choling (KTC), the center founded by the late Kalu Rinpoche in Wappingers Falls, New York. At press time there was full complement of 20 retreatants. ■ “The Buddha in Paradise” exhibit—30 thangka paintings on the theme of the Bud- dhist pure lands—returns to the rUBin mUsEUm of Art (RMA) from February 18 to June 9, after its trip to Emory University in honor of the Dalai Lama’s autumn visit. The RMA will also host a spring exhibition that explores three unique types of Himalayan painting in which color—red, black, and gold—is used to invoke mood and emotion (red for alarm, power, and resolve; black for cau- tion, fear, and protection; and gold for wonder, wealth, and opu- lence). In the summer, the RMA will host the only East Coast showing of “The Dragon’s Gift” (below is one of the artifacts), an exhibition of rare Buddhist art with a focus on ancient ritual Bud- dhist dances. ■ Accompanied by 25 students, chokyi nyimA rinpochE made his 23rd annual visit to Bodhgaya to teach during the fall semester of the Antioch Education Abroad program. In Bodhgaya, the Antioch students live and study in a Burmese mon- astery and visit nearby Buddhist pilgrimage sites like Rajagriha, Nalanda, Varanasi, Sarnath, and the Bodhi tree. ■ This fall North- ern Michigan University (NMU) student and Zen Buddhist Michael Joko Rotter led a drive to stop the university from razing a five-acre outdoor classroom and native- plants research area in order to build a college residence. Rotter, a member of the lAkE sUpE- rior ZEndo, joined fellow EarthKeeper students in a meeting with NMU president Les Wong in late October. “We have spent the last four years working hard to make the area natural and educa- tional,” said Rotter, a 22-year-old senior. Rotter was not the first to khEnchEn thrAngU rinpochE (above) celebrated his 75th birthday at the nearly completed namo Buddha monastery in nepal. Visitors from all over the world gathered in november for the five-day celebration. For twenty years Thrangu Rinpoche served as abbot of Rumtek monastery and the nalanda Institute for Higher Buddhist Studies, where he established the fundamental curriculum of the Karma Kagyu lineage. He began teaching in the West more than 30 years ago and is the spiritual head of 17 Buddhist centers in 12 countries. He recently established Vajra Vidya, a large monastery in Sarnath, India, overlooking Deer Park, where the Buddha gave his first teaching. Vajra Vidya is now the seat for the annual Kagyu conference led by the 17th Karmapa, orgyen Trinley Dorje. point out the irony of NMU’s tag line: “Northern. Naturally.” At press time the university’s board of trustees had not made a deci- sion about whether to proceed with construction. ■ The rAngjUng yEshE institUtE (RYI), Centre for Buddhist Stud- ies, Kathmandu University (below), marked its ten-year anni- versary in December with a gala dinner and celebration in Kath- mandu, Nepal, bringing together friends, teachers, alumni and stu- dents from around the world. The event was hosted by Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, the center’s founder; Chokling Rinpoche, the president of RYI; and special guest Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche. RYI offers year-round studies in Bud- dhist philosophy and Tibetan, Sanskrit, and Nepali languages. Students can enroll in a full range of classes and seminars, bachelor of arts and master’s degree pro- grams, and a popular series of intensive summer language courses. ■ The Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism and the North Korean couRTESyRuBInMuSEuMoFARTRoBERTJARoSLAWSKI