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Buddhadharma : Winter 2008
mahasangha news 89 winter 2 00 8 buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly with network IT, web design, and media-content production skills. Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche will conduct the consecration of a sacred site at the late Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche’s retreat center in Brazil in December. The ceremony opens a replica of Padmasamb- hava’s “glorious copper-colored mountain pure land,” called Zangdog Palri, the creation of which was initiated by Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche before his death in 2002. Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche and other lineage mas- ters will conduct Padmasambhava teachings over the five days. great Vow Zen Monastery (GVZM) in Clatskanie, Oregon, held its sixth annual 24-hour chant for peace on August 3, cosponsored by the Northwest Dharma Association. Participants from Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Bahai, Sikh, Buddhist, and other religious traditions each led one or more hour-long blocks of chanting. A 24-hour buffet and places to rest at the monastery were offered to participants. In September, the Tendai Buddhist institute (TBI) in upstate New York, with the blessing of the chancellor of the Japanese Tendai school, announced the appoint- ment of Reverend Monshin Paul Naamon (below, left) as the first secretary general of the newly cre- ated North American District of Tendai Buddhism. Tendai Bud- dhism, established in the ninth century by the monk Denguo Dai- shi (Saicho), is known as the “round school” of Buddhism because of its diverse teachings that embrace many forms of Bud- dhist philosophy and practice. Monshin Sensei (Paul Naamon) is The Shambhala Sun has entered the blogosphere with SunSpace (www.shambhalasun.com/sunspace), a new website where the editors of the Shambhala Sun and Buddhadharma offer a daily serving of news, links, comments, and opinion. They’re drawing on content from the Buddhist and spiritual world, as well as from the pages of their magazines. you can read and join discussions that range from how we can bring mindfulness into u.S. politics to whether we still need monasticism in the west a lifelong activist for Tibetan independence, Thupten Jigme norbu (aka Tagster Rinpoche, above), the Dalai Lama’s eldest brother, died in Bloomington, Indiana, on September 5 at the age of 86. norbu was a high-ranking lama and an influential figure in Tibet’s political battles, first at home and then in the u.S. after the chinese takeover in 1950, norbu fled Tibet for India and worked as a translator for the cIa, helping train the first Tibetan resistance fighters. In 1955, he arrived in america seeking citizenship, one of the first Tibetans flee- ing communism to do so. his autobiography, Tibet Is My Country, was one of the early influential books on Tibet intended for western audi- ence. From 1961 to 1965, norbu was curator of Tibetan artifacts at the american Museum of natural history in new york and later started one of the country’s first Tibetan studies programs, at Indiana university in Bloomington. norbu also founded what is now called the Tibetan-Mongolian Buddhist cultural center, in Bloomington, where he lived until his death. his pro-Tibetan-independence stance contrasted with the Dalai Lama’s more moderate position supporting an autonomous region within the People’s Republic of china. the director of the TBI and abbot of its temple, Jiunzan Tendaiji. In June, the Sanshin Zen com munity in Bloomington, Indiana, held a shuso (head monk) cere- mony for Shoju Mahler (above, in front row holding fan), followed by a celebration marking the San- shin Zen Community’s fifth anni- versary in Bloomington and founder Shohaku Okumura Roshi’s 60th birthday (above, cen ter, next to Mahler). Okumura was a teacher at the Kyoto Soto Zen Center and later at the Min- nesota Zen Meditation Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and has led sesshins and dharma study groups around the United States. In 1997 he became the director of the Soto Zen Education Center in Los Angeles, an office of the administrative headquarters of the Soto Zen School of Japan. The office has since changed its name and location; today it is in San Francisco and is called Soto Zen Buddhism International Center. Okumura is still its director, though he lives and practices at Sanshinji in Bloomington. lama Zopa Rinpoche officially consecrated the new building at the Kadampa Center in Raleigh, North Carolina, in July. The word “kadampa” refers to those who are able to see the Buddha’s ➤ TIBETanMonGoLIanBuDDhISTcuLTuRaLcEnTERLucaVaLEnTIno SunSpace shambhala Your daily destination for stories, comments, links and updates selected by editors of the Shambhala Sun and Buddhadharma