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Buddhadharma : Winter 2008
mahasangha news buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly winter 2 0 08 90 September. Cabezón’s lecture, entitled “Thinking Through Texts: Toward a Critical Buddhist Theol- ogy of Sexuality,” examined the tension between traditional and contemporary interpretations of Buddhist texts. Born in Cuba and raised in Boston, Cabezón became a Buddhist monk and served as the Spanish interpreter for His Holiness the Dalai Lama during visits to Spain, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Cabezón has pub- lished articles on the intersection of Buddhism, homosexuality, and sexual ethics. In September, Jef- frey Schneider and Laura Burges launched a yearlong program for people in recovery at the San francisco Zen center (SFZC). Group members commit to prac- ticing meditation three times a week, attending a class on basic Buddhist concepts, and meeting individually and with the teachers leading the program. Participants can also elect to attend half-day, full-day, and multiple-day retreats, take workshops (on yoga, tai chi, depression, and sexuality), and do a week of work practice at Tas- sajara Zen Mountain Center. The program is open to anyone in recovery from substance abuse or a behavioral disorder. The year will be divided into three trimes- ters, with a fee of $200 per trimes- ter, and the events are scheduled to accommodate working people. This February, the Mountain Hermitage in Taos is holding a two-week program that will com- bine vipassana meditation and teachings with practices intended to help investigate self and no-self in relation to the creative process. Its website explains, “We will explore the flow of creative energy in relation to ‘self-view’ via move- ment, seeing/drawing, and writ- ing.” Professional dancer Jane Shockley and writer Sean Murphy will assist Mountain Hermitage guiding teacher Marcia Rose. Stu- dents need not have any experi- ence in any of the creative disci- plines in order to participate in this unusual vipassana retreat. As a companion to its quarterly print journal, The Middle Way, the esteemed Buddhist Society of london has launched a new publication called the Insert, ThoMaSL.KELLy teachings as personal advice that applies immediately to their own lives. Lama Zopa founded the center in 1992. University of California professor of Bud- dhist Studies José cabezón (below) delivered the inaugural Frederick P. Lenz Foundation dis- tinguished lecture in Buddhist Studies and American Culture and Values at Naropa University in on July 19, 34 students (above) graduated from the inaugural class of the new York Zen center for contemplative care’s (nyZccc) yearlong Buddhist chaplaincy training program, cofounded by Koshin Paley Ellison and Robert chodo cambell. Pat Enkyo o’hara gave the students certificates of completion for their 300 hours of training in prisons, hospices, hospitals, and police sta- tions. In october, the center—in partnership with the healthcare chaplaincy—began an accredited acPE Buddhist clinical Pastoral Education Training for its graduates who wish to pursue certification as professional chaplains. Look for a contemplative care retreat in Garrison Institute’s calendar this January hosted by the nyZccc. It’s open to anyone interested in the integration of Buddhist prac- tice with service. The 10th Sakyadhita International association on Buddhist women conference (above) took place in July in ulaan Baatar, the capital of Mongolia. Four hundred nuns and laywomen from 30 countries convened to discuss topics gathered under the theme of “Buddhism in Transition.” Mongolia itself is a country in transition following the breakup of the Soviet union and the end of communist rule, and many Mongolians are working to reestablish their strong Buddhist faith and institutions. Buddhist writer and teacher Sandy Boucher, who attended the conference, told Mahasangha news, “we thought we had come to communicate among ourselves but found we were there to feed the Mongolian women’s great hunger for information and inspiration.” ➤ KaREnEKowaLKER