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Buddhadharma : Winter 2008
MaHaSangHa neWS buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly winter 2 0 08 86 Cerro Gordo Hills. In recent years, monsoon rains have twice ravaged the temple and surround- ing land, and in the summer of 2007 most of the buildings sus- tained flood damage. A plan is in place to redesign the UPZ’s long, sloping driveway and to install ponds and drainage areas to pre- vent future flooding. Karma Thegsum Tashi gomang, a Cre- stone, Colorado, affiliate center of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra (the North American seat of the 17th Karmapa), suffered from tor- rential rains and floods in August, which washed out the only road to its retreat cabins. This fall, staff was working urgently to rebuild the road before the cold winter weather set in so that retreatants wouldn’t be left entirely isolated. The Metropolitan Museum of art is showing rare illuminated Buddhist manuscripts until March 2009. The 30 Indian and Nepalese palm-leaf folios from the 10th to 13th centuries are among only a few to have survived the period (those that did were housed prin- cipally in the monasteries of Tibet). The manuscripts are from the Ashtasahasrika Prajnaparamita Sutra (Perfection of Wisdom) and consist of a series of unbound folios prepared from treated and trimmed palm-tree leaves and secured between wooden covers. They also include beautiful images of deities dents-in-training. The community celebrated multiple fives when they received a symbolic donation that evening of $5,555 toward Gotami House construction costs. Tassajara Zen Mountain cen ter in Carmel Valley, California, is back in operation after its harrow- ing brush with fire this past sum- mer. It took more than a month to contain the Basin Complex fire, which started on June 21 and burned through 162,818 acres. After “an uncertain six weeks,” Tassajara reopened to the public on August 3, thanks to an out- pouring of donations from many supporters. Tassajara’s annual fall practice period was able to pro- ceed as planned, led by San Fran- cisco Zen Center co-abbot Ryushin Paul Haller. The Tibetan Bud- dhist Nyingma center chagdud gonpa Rigdzin ling in nearby Junction City narrowly escaped destruction by the Iron Complex and Eagle fires, but was seriously affected by smoke and soot dam- age. Chagdud Gonpa postponed the majority of its August and September programming until November. While brushfires threatened Buddhist centers in California this summer, the Upaya Zen center (UPZ) in Santa Fe, New Mexico, was on alert for heavy rains and floods. The UPZ buildings are located in a vulner- able low-lying position below the JaMESBERnaTh Reverend Cynthia James at Meditate 08 ©STEPhanIEBERGER/EcMREcoRDS Spirit Rock Meditation center celebrated its 20th anni- versary with a daylong series of events on September 13. Among the highlights was a presentation by Spirit Rock’s original founders and teachers, including (above, left to right) Edward Lewis, Ernie Isaacs, Jack Kornfield, Anna Douglas, and (seated in front) Jane Baraz. These and other Spirit Rock alumnae offered reminis- cences and aspirations for the future. Kornfield led the closing celebration in a beautiful meadow in the hills above Spirit Rock. Sravasti abbey also celebrated an anniversary recently—its fifth—on October 11. The day included a White Tara long-life practice, an update on progress on the new monastic residence, Gotami House, and a retelling of stories from “the early days.” The center has grown from one nun (Bhikshuni Thubten Chodron) to five monastics (below, with Thubten Chodron in the center) and six resi- MeDiTaTe 08 by Scott Armstrong a mid the ruckus of the Demo- cratic convention, perhaps the most original statement was a silent one. Stillness emanated from Meditate 08, a six-day multi-denominational meditation retreat that coincided with the Democratic national convention in Denver in august. The free event was the creation of Denver psychiatrist Dr. David nichol, a Buddhist practitioner and author of The One-Minute Meditator. Forty spiritual leaders from various faiths, most of them from colorado, were invited to lead outdoor meditation sessions at Fishback-Landing Park, a popular Denver green space within sight of the Pepsi center, the conven- tion venue. Buddhist teachers Judith Simmer-Brown and Sharon Salzberg led one-and-a - half-hour meditation sessions. “we tried to provide a place for contemplative practice dur- ing the convention,” said Don Morreale, chair of the Meditate 08 steering committee and author of The Complete Guide to Buddhist America. “I was happy with it,” he added. “I think we provided people with a grounding experience.” The most memorable moment for Morreale came at Meditate 08’s opening ceremony, when Grammy-nominated flautist and composer nawang Khechog pro- claimed to the 250 participants, “The Buddha of the future is coming, and his name is Barack obama,” prompting applause and laughter from the audience. ➤ able low-lying position below the practice, an update on progress on the new monastic residence, Gotami House, and a retelling of stories from “the early days.” The center has grown from one nun (Bhikshuni Thubten Chodron) to (Bhikshuni Thubten Chodron) to five monastics ( five monastics (below, with Thubten Chodron Thubten Chodron in the center in the center) and six resi- and six resi- The One-Minute Meditator. Forty spiritual leaders from various faiths, most of them from colorado, were invited to lead outdoor meditation sessions at Fishback-Landing Park, a popular Denver green space within sight Denver green space within sight of the Pepsi center, the conven- of the Pepsi center, the conven- tion venue. Buddhist teachers tion venue. Buddhist teachers Judith Simmer-Brown and Judith Simmer-Brown and Sharon Salzberg led one-and-a - half-hour meditation sessions. half-hour meditation sessions. “we tried to provide a place “we tried to provide a place for contemplative practice dur- ing the convention,” said Don Morreale, chair of the Meditate 08 steering committee and author of The Complete Guide to Buddhist . “I was happy with it,” he added. “I think we provided people with a grounding experience.” FREDERIcKBRownEwaLToPIE