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Buddhadharma : Winter 2007
mahasangha news buddhadharma| 89 |winter 2007 will explore the Jatakas as both literature and a tool for awakening. Ordained priests in the Shin Buddhist tradition, Taitetsu Unno and Mark Unno, are scheduled to teach a class on the philosophical and cultural dimensions of Shin Buddhism. And four health profession- als, including Jack Engler, who teaches psycho- therapy trainees at Harvard Medical School, will host an intensive mindfulness retreat for mental health professionals. Courses can be as short as a day or a week- end, or up to a week long. As well, BCBS offers a number of long-term programs. There is a year- long integrated study and practice program— including four five-day study retreats—in which students explore the relationship of the teach- ings to meditation practice. An independent study program is also available to scholars and other students. The Bhavana Program, which runs five or seven days, is especially popular. It integrates daily morning periods of studying texts into an otherwise silent retreat of sitting and walk- ing meditation. After reading a brief text each morning, students are encouraged to consider it carefully and talk about how it relates to their own experience. “It provides a contemplative space for the teachings to sink in,” Olendzki says, “and also to have mediation practice be guided and directed by some of the classical teachings of the historical Buddha. By and large, people have found the combination very valuable.” The BCBS mission calls for the exploration of all schools of Buddhism and also dialogue with other religious and scientific traditions. Past events have included Buddhist-Christian dialogues, Buddhist-Jewish dialogues, a vipas- sana retreat for rabbis, and discussions with a variety of scientists. In every course, Olendzki says, a community develops. After spending a week in the woods, talking together, eating meals together, “There is a real sense of getting inspired by others, of learning from each other. It’s less introspective or individual than a retreat center.” The students’ appreciation is reflected in their giving: one-quarter of the BCBS’s annual $400,000 budget comes from donations. Last year it launched a three-year capital campaign to raise $2 million, money that will be used to increase the size of the library, add a class- room so the original hall is used for meditation only, and create five new rooms for students to sleep in. “We do what we do very modestly, very quietly,” Olendzki says. “We’re not really trying to reach out to a whole lot of people, or play numbers games, or income games, or celebrity games. We’re just trying to do what we do, with as much integrity as possible. It’s a small contribution, but there’s a ripple effect.” remembering Zen masters by the name of the mountain or monastery where they lived.” says Kobai Scott Whitney. “In this case, it hap- pened in reverse. The Hartford Street Zen Center is now called Issan-ji, Lone Mountain Temple.” After his death in 1997, Issan Dorsey was succeeded as abbot by Steve Allen, fol- lowed by Zen poet Philip Whalen. The current practice leader is Reverend Myo Lahey. ■ Award-winning photographer phil Borges (below) received a $10,000 Purpose Prize for his Bridges to Understanding program, which, since 2001, has offered cross-cultural learning to 4,000 middle and high school students in 30 countries through the use of digital story- telling and photography. This is Borges’ third career (his first was as an orthodontist) and his third nonprofit that benefits endangered kids, environments, and cultures. Five $100,000 and ten $10,000 winners were announced for the 2007 Purpose Prize, a three-year, $9-mil- lion program that invests in social innovators over the age of 60. ■ In July, as a gesture of interreligious hArmony, Jotipalo Bhik- khu, a Buddhist monk from Abhayagiri Bud- dhist Monastery in California, and Father William Skudlarek, a Benedictine monk from Minnesota, together walked a 100-mile sec- tion of Minnesota’s Paul Bunyan Trail over ten days (below, Skudlarek, at left, and Jotipalo). Following the Buddhist tradition of alms rounds, the monks ate only food that was pro- vided to them by others. “These walks are an exercise in faith and trust,” said Father Skud- larek. “We rely on the kindness of others in life.” Skudlarek is the executive director of the North American branch of the Monastic Inter- religious Dialogue (MID). ■ This summer joAn sutherlAnD roshi (left), founder of The Open Source, a network of Zen com- munities and individu- als in the western U.S., moved from northern California to Santa Fe, New Mexico, which will serve as The Open Source home base, while programs con- tinue in California and Colorado. For more information, visit www.newzen.org. ■ Students of the DZogChen ponlop rinpoChe have purchased a building in Vancouver, Brit- ish Columbia, that will be the new home of Nalandabodhi in Canada. The two-storey building, a former delicatessen and apartment, will house a large shrine room, library, and meetings rooms, as well as a private residence for Ponlop Rinpoche and for Lama Rabten Tsering. To support the center, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa donated three new calligraphies to Nalandabodhi Canada, reproductions of which are now available. Visit www.nalandabodhi.ca for more informa- tion. ■ On June 30, reverenD lynDA myokei CAine-BArrett became the first American woman to be ordained as a minister in the Nichiren order at a ceremony in Japan. Her first assignment is serving as resident min- ister of the Myokenji Temple in Houston, Texas, where she was installed in a ceremony on July 8. ■ Scholar stephen teiser, the D.T. Suzuki Professor in Buddhist Studies at Princeton, received the prestigious Prix Stan- islas Julien for his book Reinventing the Wheel: Paintings of Rebirth in Medieval Bud- dhist Temples. The prize from the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres recognizes Western-language scholarship in Asian Humanities. ■ In August, playwright AleC Duffy debuted his newest theater piece at the Ontological Theater in New York. 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