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Buddhadharma : Spring 2008
buddhadharma| 91 |spring 2008 mahasangha news education. The Institute is seeking interested volunteer writers and researchers for this project. ■ Buddhist artist BEtsy stErling BEnjAmin’s contemporary kesa (below, the artist in the installa- tion) were added to the permanent collection of the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. Sterling Benjamin used the Japa- nese wax-resist technique of rozome (the Japanese form of batik) to create “cloths of healing and unity” that were placed on sites in Antarctica, Spain, Japan, Machu Picchu, Zimbabwe, Tasmania, and Minnesota in 2000. Carolina Buddhist Vihara, a branch temple of the New York Buddhist Vihara led by Bhante Piyatissa, hosted the November gathering. ■ On October 4 sogyAl rin- pochE opened Rigpa’s new cen- ter in Berlin, Germany, joined by officials from Berlin’s mayoral office, representatives of other Buddhist groups, and 350 sangha members. “This centre is one of the largest Buddhist city centers of its kind in Europe,” said Sogyal Rinpoche, author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, at the ceremony. “And it offers tremen- dous possibilities for our activities in the future.” ■ The gArrison institUtE is conducting a long- term survey of key contemplative organizations, both Buddhist and non-Buddhist, that are applying meditation and contemplation to the areas of health and medicine, environmental activism, psychol- ogy and therapy, and prisons. Fol- lowing up on its successful survey of the use of meditation in K–12 schools, Garrison is currently con- ducting a mapping survey on core contemplative competencies in The sAn frAncisco ZEn cEntEr has given its website, sfzc.org, a new look and fresh online material. It now offers podcasts of its public lectures and vast archive of downloadable dharma talks and study classes recorded at SFzc in the past two years, proving that you can teach old dharma dogs new technology tricks. In addition to a helpful recommended reading list, there is detailed information for beginners who want to establish a regular practice at home, and the Affiliated Groups page offers a unique Google Map feature that lets visitors locate an affiliate zen center and plot their travel route to it. mAndAlA, the journal of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), recently unveiled its own revamped website, mandala magazine.org. Visitors will find a well-organized site that is easy to navigate and complements the print publication. The monthly Editor’s choice is a nice addition, offering a PDF of a full-length Mandala article selected by the edi- tor, which lets you view the text and images online much the same way they would appear in the magazine. Eschewing visual flash and wordy text, Zencast.org offers visitors a reserve of free audio teach- ings and helpful tools, such as meditation timers and guided meditations. There are numerous teachings from Gil Fronsdal, who helped create the site, as well as talks by Thich nhat Hanh, Robina courtin, Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein, and others. The material is well organized, with recent additions highlighted in the center of the home page and another defined column that further categorizes talks by teacher, date, and subject. The site also offers links to related sites: zencast Blog, zencast TV, and zencast Radio. The friEnds of thE WEstErn BUddhist ordEr (FWBo) offers hundreds of recorded talks by its members on freebuddhistaudio. com. The site is easy to navigate, and the webmaster has done a good job of organizing the material and explaining how to use it. you can also subscribe to a podcast service that will deliver audio files directly to you. The site organizers admit that audio quality can sometimes be poor due to the age of the some of the recordings. With the goal of securing a meeting with the Dalai Lama, Rob Foster and chris Deutsch (above), the founders of the daily inspirational text-message service, i livE inspirEd, made a seven-day, 68-mile journey on foot in october, from Hope, Indiana, to the Tibetan cultural center in Bloomington. After their brief meeting with His Holiness, the entrepreneurs launched a “Teachings from the Dalai Lama” channel on their website. Seventy-five percent of the channel’s revenue will go to a charity chosen by the Dalai Lama. The pair writes about their pilgrimage on their blog, iliveinspired.com/blog. cRAIGGARRETTDAVIDTucKER dhArmA on thE WEB By Scott Armstrong