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Buddhadharma : Fall 2008
mahasangha news 91 fall 2 00 8 buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly put forward by science, psycholo- gy, philosophy, economics, and religion. It addresses questions such as: What is happiness? What If you have news Send your information by mail or by e-mail to: email@example.com are people of color. The ceremony was led by Angel Kyodo Williams (above), founder of the New Dharma Community and author of Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living with Fearlessness and Grace. Before the jukai ceremony, Francisco Genkoji Lugovina em- powered Angel Kyodo Williams both as a “dharma holder” and a fully empowered Zen priest.On a Saturday in early May, 22 stu- dents and faculty from Seattle University headed to the deep woods of the Cascade foothills for an all-day sesshin at The Home- stead, a university-owned retreat. The inaugural outdoor sesshin was initiated by ecosangha, a Soto Zen meditation group that empha- sizes an ecological approach to the path. EcoSangha is led by Seattle University philosophy professor Jason Wirth. The retreat was guid- ed by Pure Land priests from the White Cloud Buddhist Society in Issaquah and sponsored by the Se- attle University campus ministry office, a Jesuit institution. on July 10, thirty- to forty-foot flames from the Basin Complex fire, one of over 300 wildfires raging in California, threatened to engulf TAssAJArA Zen MoUnTAin cenTer, the oldest Soto Zen monastery outside of Asia and a main branch of the San Francisco Zen Center. Despite a decision to evacuate all staff and firefighters, five monks in the last car out decided to turn around and stay behind, after they found out fire officials might not permit them to return to Tassajara. Shortly thereafter the road out became impassable. The five—SFZC abbot Myogen Steve Stücky, Tassajara director David Zimmerman, Mako Voelkel, Graham Toss, and Colin Gibson—dispersed themselves throughout the property and fought the fire nonstop for almost seven hours. “Fire is not a stranger,” Stücky said. “We...make friends with it and tame it as it reaches our boundaries.” The fire destroyed two small building and damaged some smaller structures, but all the main buildings were saved. Tassajara has been forced to close during its busy guest season. Zimmerman projects a loss of $300,000 and hopes some of that will be recovered through donations. ANGElKYoDoWIllIAMS.CoMSHUNDo holds us back from it? How do we find happines in the midst of suf- fering and sadness? Speakers in- clude Thupten Jinpa, the Dalai Lama’s senior translator and visit- ing scholar at Stanford Neurosci- ence Institute; eminent psycholo- gist Paul Ekman; Owen Flanagan, professor of philosophy, experi- mental psychology, and neurobi- ology at Duke University; and Robina Courtin, founder of the Liberation Prison Project. The new dharma community in Berkeley held its fourth annual sesshin in May, which culminated in a racially diverse jukai (lay or- dination ceremony). Nine of the 11 practitioners who received lay ordination in both the New Dhar- ma and Zen Peacemaker orders