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Buddhadharma : Winter 2006
buddhadharma| 93 |winter 2006 Yeshe institute, the umbrella organization for the Center for Buddhist Studies (CBS), an educa- tional institution founded by Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche and af- filiated with Kathmandu Univer- sity in Nepal, will launch a specialized graduate program leading to a master’s of arts degree in Buddhist studies with Himalayan languages. Students of CBS live in residence in a Tibetan monastery near Boudhanath. In- structors for the program come from both the academic world and a traditional monastic train- ing program. ■ In July, JaMes ishMael ford roshi ordained author and Wisdom Publications editor Josh bartok as a Soto Zen priest in the Boundless Way Zen school during a seven-day sesshin in July in Woodstock, Connecticut. Ford is an heir of both Jiyu Kennett and John Tar- rant and is also a Unitarian Uni- versalist minister. Bartok has been studying and practicing Zen since 1992. He leads the Ralph Waldo Emerson Zen Sangha in Boston. ■ Seventy women touched by cancer gathered at Shambhala Mountain Center in Colorado in August for a five-day retreat, where they sought to transform the challenge of cancer into an opportunity to heal and awaken. The courageous WoMen, fearless liVing retreat was led by Jeremy Geffen, M.D., author of The Journey Through Cancer; Tulku Thondup, a lama in the Nyingma tradition and author of Boundless Healing; contemplative hospice pioneer Judy Lief, author of Making Friends with Death; and yoga in- structor Linda Sparrowe, author of The Woman’s Book of Yoga and Health. Look for the retreat on SMC’s calendar next year; it’s to become an annual event. ■ ➤ News continued from page 89 the rubin MuseuM of art in New York is showcasing its most recent acquisitions – forty-five objects from India, Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, Mongolia, and China – until February 9, 2007, in a show called Acquisitions 2005– 1006. The Missing Peace, a show of contemporary art inspired by the Dalai Lama, will travel to the Rubin Museum in March and stay until September 3, 2007. ■ Tsultrim Allione’s center, tara Mandala, in Southwest Colo- rado has surpassed the halfway mark in its $4-million Manifesting the Mandala campaign. It received a major gift of $400,000 from the Pende Foundation in Switzerland for the second phase of the capital campaign that will build the new Tara Temple, library, and resi- dence halls. ■ May Trieu (below), born in Vietnam at the height of the Vietnam War, has spearheaded the effort to construct the first Buddhist temple in the Caribbean, a Zen temple in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. the nirVana teMple, on the northern shore of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, will be completed in December. Trieu says the temple and retreat center will welcome “people of all races and religions to practice and take the Buddhist philosophy of love and compas- sion into their everyday life.” ■ Thich Van Dam, a monk affiliated with the united buddhist church of aMerica, is plan- ning to turn a central Pennsylva- nia school building into the UBC’s first monastery on the East Coast. Van Dam says the location reminds him of his home temple in Vietnam, and he hopes to reno- vate the building to accommodate as many as 45 monks, nuns, and lay residents. ■ Rumors swirled late in the summer that a sizable branch had been chopped off the sacred bodhi tree at the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya, India, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tree is believed to be a sixth-generation descendent of the one under which the Buddha attained enlightenment 2,500 years ago. The Bodhgaya Temple Management Committee, which provides round-the-clock security at the site, says that it would be “virtually impossible” for the tree to be cut. Still, claims persisted that leaves and pieces of branches were available on the black mar- ket. A Sri Lankan High Commis- sioner investigated the claims and declared that the damaged branch was one pruned several years ago to remove disease and encourage the balanced growth of the tree. ■ Tendrel Films released a fea- ture-length documentary on the life of the 16th Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, marking the 25th anniversary of his death. Filmmaker Gregg Eller has been working on recalling a bud- dha since 2004. In the documen- tary, he interviews the three surviving Kagyu regents (Tai Situ, Gyaltsap, and Shamar), as well as Traleg Rinpoche, and Gene Smith, founder of the Tibetan Resource Center. A portion of the proceeds from Recalling a Buddha will be contributed to Rumtek Monastery, the seat of the karmapas in Sikkim, India. ■ The Zen coMMunitY of oregon’s fall schedule included a weekend retreat in Sep- tember with Master Moshe “Mr. Yoowho” Cohen, exploring “the connection between human and humor.” Cohen has formal train- ing in clowning, physical theatre, butoh dance, and voice. A clown instructor to Roshi Bernie Glass- man, Cohen leads Clowns With- out Borders, a non-profit organization that sends clowns to perform in refugee camps and zones of conflict throughout the world. ■ Spirit Rock Teachers Council member diana Win- ston, author of Wide Awake: A Buddhist Guide for Teens, has taken on the post of director of mindfulness education at the Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC) at UCLA’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. MARC investi- gates, evaluates, and disseminates “mindful awareness to create a more self-aware and compassion- ate culture.” Winston says that its programs will bring mindfulness education to faculty, staff, and students within the UCLA commu- nity and to the larger Los An- geles commu- nity, including affiliate programs with local K–12 schools. ■ Seventy-two young people from all over the world, including areas of conflict such as Sudan, Sierra Leone, Palestine, Israel, Congo, and Afghanistan, daVidkiTTelsTromrUbinmUseUmofarTmarTinmaTzingerPaoloVescio