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Buddhadharma : Fall 2008
MAhAsAnGhA news Buddhist traditions have been able to offer ordination to women in the Theravada tradition. But for the first time in America, in the presence of a defined Theravadan bhikkhuni Sangha, a woman was welcomed into novice training. (According to the Vinaya rules, you must have at least four bhik khunis or four bhikkhus gathered together to constitute a monastic Sangha.) The release this fall of a new book of “prison dharma” will coincide almost exactly with the release from jail of its author, calvin Malone (below), who is completing a 20-year prison sentence for aggravated assault. RazorWire Dharma: A Buddhist Life in Prison (Wisdom Publica- tions) recounts Malone’s discov- ery of Buddhism and “real, trans- formative meaning for his life” in the midst of harsh prison life. The Buddhist Peace Fellow- ship will celebrate its 30th anni- versary on October 18 in Berkeley with a special evening event at St. John’s Presbyterian Church. Bhik- khu Bodhi, a noted translator of the Pali canon and former editor at the Buddhist Publication Soci- ety, and Professor David R. Loy, author of The Great Awakening: This year’s benefit for Gelek Rinpoche’s Jewel heArT education and cultural center in Ann Arbor, Michigan, took place on April 18 and featured a panel conversation on how Buddhist practice informs creativity with composer Phillip Glass, Jewel Heart founder Gelek Rinpoche, musician Bobby McFerrin, and actor/activist Richard Gere (left to right in photo above). In 1996, Philip Glass, a Jewel Heart member, and the late poet Allen Ginsberg began a tradition of gathering musicians and poets to benefit Jewel Heart. other artists who’ve par- ticipated in previous years include Patti Smith, Natalie Merchant, Paula Cole, Michael Stipe, Paul Simon, and Ziggy Marley. Jana drakka (above) will set up a new neighborhood zendo in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district. The dense residential, retail, and nightlife neighborhoods of this downtown district are a second home to Drakka, who has spent years as the area’s unofficial on- call chaplain. The zendo will be an affiliate of the Faithful Fools, a charitable and educational orga- nization whose mission is to “ad- dress the existence of poverty in the midst of material wealth.” rangjung Yeshe Gomde, the California Dzogchen retreat cen- ter founded by Chokyi Nyima at the behest of his late father, Tulku Urgyen, celebrates its 10th anni- versary this year. The milestone was marked with a special day- long Vajrayana ceremony led by Chokyi Nyima on July 19. In the Spring issue of the Chokling Ter sar Times, Chokyi Nyima recalls the process that led to the pur- chase of the property near Legett, California, three and a half hours north of San Francisco: “The morning we went to the land in Leggett, I immediately felt good. We went directly to the hill where in the future we will build a tem- ple, and all sat there together. I felt very peaceful.”The 7th annual 2-day Buddhist bicycle pilgrim- age will take place in northern California the last weekend of September. The 137-mile, “60,000-breath” trek begins at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre and winds along the scenic back roads of Marin, Sono- ma, and Mendocino counties. Stops at Sae Taw Win A Buddhist Social Theory, will be the keynote speakers. Green Gulch Farm’s Furyu doshin schroeder was inducted into the Marin Women’s Hall of Fame in March. She joins three other women who have been honored since 1998 in the category of reli- gion, including Spirit Rock co- founder Sylvia Boorstein. Schroed- er is the director of Green Gulch Farm and president of the Marin Interfaith Council. During her thirty years at Green Gulch, she has helped to develop an appren- ticeship program for various roles at Green Gulch and to establish the Coming of Age program, which supports preteens as they examine “issues of maturity, re- sponsibility, and service while ex- ploring meditation and self- expression.”The enthronement of 7-year-old Urgyen Jigme Rabsel (below), known more widely as Tulku Urgyen Yangsi, the rein- carnation of Kyabje Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, will take place on No- vember 19 at the main temple of Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monas- tery in Boudhanath, Kathmandu. Urgyen Jigme Rabsel was born in 2001 to Neten Chokling Rinpoche, one of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche’s sons, and his wife, Khandro Tendzin Choyang Gyari. Tulku Urgyen studied and practiced the teachings of both the Kagyu and Nyingma schools of Tibetan Bud- dhism and was one of the most important Dzogchen masters of his time. He died in 1996. naropa University president Thomas Coburn will step down at the end of his current term, which finishes in June, 2009. The board launched a search for a replacement early this summer and is on track to select a final candidate by spring 2009. After 15 years in residence and training at the San Fran- cisco Zen Center, Zen priest 89 suMMeR 2 00 8 buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly naropa University Thomas Coburn will step down at the end of his current term, which finishes in June, 2009. The board launched a search for a replacement early this summer and is on track to select a final candidate by cisco Zen Center, Zen priest ©RoBERTFISCHER/Sol-A-KoA.CoMTMTENDZINCHoYANGGYARIJAERHIMlEE ➤