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Buddhadharma : Winter 2008
MaHaSangHa neWS buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly winter 2 0 08 88 legal authority in July to offer graduate degrees in Buddhist Studies in the state of Oregon and to offer its program courses for college credit. This goal has been a focal point of the activity of Maitripa Institute since its found- ing in 2005. Under the direction of Yangsi Rinpoche (below) Mai- tripa Institute will now be offering its students a master of arts in Buddhist Studies. Program direc- tor, Miranda Adams, says that the pillars of Maitripa’s approach to contemplative education are schol- arship, mediation, and active ser- vice, which will be integral to the programs they are developing in counseling psychology, health care, social science, arts, early- childhood education, and politics. “We hope this approach will make Maitripa a hub for developing enlightened scholars, politicians, businesspeople, and so on,” says Adams. Western faculty includes James Blumental (Oregon State University), Jeffrey Hopkins (pro- fessor emeritus, University of Vir- ginia), and Anne Klein (Rice Uni- versity, Texas). Applications for the fall 2009 M.A. program are available online at maitripa.org. If you’re in Portland, there are several opportunities available for dharma-related jobs. The founda tion for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) international office in Portland is looking for a director of finance, a managing editor for its print publication, Mandala magazine, and a technology professional cHineSe TUne oUT iTUneS DURing olYMPicS by Stephany Tlalka chinese authorities did every- thing they could to make the Beijing olympics run according to plan. They even changed the weather by shooting chemicals into the sky to suck up rain clouds miles from Beijing. So for many people it came as no surprise that chinese residents couldn’t download a pro-Tibet compilation on iTunes during the games. what was surprising was the fact that all of iTunes and its eight million songs were blocked because of this one compilation. Songs from Tibet, produced by Rupert hine, features twenty tracks by famous artists, mostly american, including Sting, Dave Matthews, Suzanne Vega, and Rush. Michael wohl, executive director of the art for Peace Foundation, which initiated the recording project, said it took only days to get a response from artists, and two months to create the compilation—a heartbeat in the music world. There were some tight squeezes: alanis Morissette recorded in her dressing room before a show in cologne, and Damien Rice included a collaboration partner he was working with at the time to produce a song. Released on the eve of the Beijing olympics, Songs from Tibet is intended to offer solidarity to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan people, although wohl describes the compilation itself as nonpolitical. Forty olympic athletes managed to download the compilation before the crackdown. iTunes finally leaked back into china’s techno-repertoire by the end of august, minus the twenty songs. serve as lay chaplains, the train- ing includes practices for end-of- life care, prison ministry, peace- making, and environmental, interfaith, multifaith, and wom- en’s ministries. In July, students of the late Chögyam Trungpa and his son Sakyong Mipham carried gold-wrapped boxes (below) con- taining some 3,000 gold CDs— the remastered audio files of all of Trungpa’s teachings—to the great Stupa of Dharmakaya at Shamb- hala Mountain Center in Colo- rado. “There was tremendous power, joy, and sadness in making that journey with the speech relics of our teacher,” said Carolyn Gim- ian, founding director of Shamb- hala Archives. The CDs, which will be housed in cabinets in a spe- cial vault in the stupa, represent twenty years of dedicated work preserving Trungpa Rinpoche’s talks. The Maitripa institute, an FPMT-affiliated college founded by Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Portland, Oregon, received In September, new yorkers might have wondered about the color- ful demons dancing in the streets of Manhattan. For ten days, 13 monks from Trongsa, Bhutan, performed demon-subjugation rituals and victory dances called cham (above), a tantric ritual that traveled with the migration of Buddhism from Tibet to Bhutan. This was just one of a hundred exhibits and events that the Rubin Museum of art has organized over the coming year to celebrate Bhutan’s 100 years of monarchy, along with its new democracy. The next exhibition, The Dragon’s Gift, features sculptures, paint- ings, and embroidery from the 8th to 19th centuries, direct from Bhutan. Most of the pieces are still active in Bhutan’s temples, so they require a monk chaperone to tend to ritual observances. GERaRDhouGhTonFoRcoREoFcuLTuRE ➤ SanDRaKIPISwww.LouISELIGhT.nET