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Buddhadharma : Spri 2007
buddhadharma| 89 |spring 2007 mahasangha news Hong Kong called the Ngong Ping Village. The animated short tells an old story about three monkeys who try to steal a peach from the hand of a statue of the Monkey King, the hero in the fa- mous Chinese novel Journey to the West. Goldberg says, “To me, it’s kind of Buddhism gagged up, but the Buddhist monks seem to like it.” A Monkey’s Tale is one of two films produced for the cul- tural center. The other, Walking with Buddha, is a more serious film about the life of the Buddha. ■ Oxford University will be the site of the UK’s first endowed chair in Buddhist studies. The nuMata ProfeSSor of Bud dHiSt StudieS is named for Yehan Numata, a patron who founded the Bukkyo Dendo Kyo- kai (BDK) Society for the promo- tion of Buddhism. The position, to be filled this fall, will launch “a significant academic enterprise at Oxford,” said Geoffrey Bam- ford, executive director of the Oxford Center for Buddhist Stud- ies. ■ The Zen Center of loS angeleS celebrates its 40th an- niversary this May and will host a gathering of the White Plum Asanga at the same time. The successors of the late Taizan Maezumi Roshi will meet in Los Angeles for two days before the weekend anniversary celebrations begin on May 19. ■ Teens gath- ered for five days over the New Year’s holiday for the 15th annu- al Buddhist Peace Fellowship teen retreat, this year hosted by FPMT’s Land of Medicine Buddha Center in Santa Cruz, California. The 35 15- to 19-year- olds came together for the popular BPF retreat, which included sitting and walking mediation and group discussions; it also gave the teens opportunities to hang out, play music (below), and simply enjoy time “relaxing and reflecting on the mysteries and truths of our lives,” said Heather Sundberg, family program manager at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. ■ Lama Zopa Rinpoche, head of the Foun- dation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition, has asked Alison Murdoch to lead a new international nonprofit that will develop a program for what FP- MT’s founder, Lama Thubten Ye- she, called “essential education.” The univerSal CoMPaSSion and WiSdoM for PeaCe (UWCP), which is based in Eng- land, has completed three launch conferences in Europe, Australia, and the U.S. The organization will develop curricula and train teach- ers and facilitators “to help people everywhere develop their capacity for compassion and wisdom, to be kind and wise.” ■ English-Polish actress rula lenSka will trek across India in May to raise money for The Children’s Society, a vol- untary organization of the Church of England. Lenska, a Buddhist, will trek to the villages of India’s exiled Tibetan community, climb the foothills of the Himalayas, and visit the Dalai Lama’s house and monastery and the Taj Mahal. ■ Roshi Bernie Glassman and Sen- sei Eve Myonen Marko, founders of the Zen Peacemakers Order, will deliver the keynote address at this year’s unitarian univerSal iSt BuddHiSt ConvoCation at Garrison Institute during the second weekend of April. This year’s theme is socially engaged Buddhism. a Quarter Century in tHe HiMalayaS By Broughton Coburn T he American himalayan Foundation (AhF), founded in 1981 by California businessman and philanthropist Richard C. Blum, celebrated 25 years in November. At a gala fundraising dinner in San Francisco attended by 1,000 members and friends, former vice- president Al Gore gave the keynote address in which he spoke about the symptoms and effects of global warming in the himalayas and about the value and effectiveness of small-scale humanitarian aid projects. AhF was initially established to bring education to a handful of needy sherpas of the mount Everest region of Nepal. Since then it has grown into a broad-reaching charitable organization that works with more than 120 individuals and small organizations in the five himalayan countries of Nepal, Bhutan, India, Tibet, and Pakistan. AhF focuses on providing resources for improving villagers’ access to educa- tion and improved health care while supporting projects dedicated to environmental preservation and cultural conservation. AhF supports the Shechen Project in the eastern Tibetan province of Kham (based around the monastic seat of the late Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche), which provides education and basic medical care to thou- sands of Tibetans. The foundation also helps Tibetan refugees with their struggle to survive and maintain their culture while in exile by working with schools that teach children, beginning at a very young age, three languages and scripts. At the other end of the age spectrum, elderly Tibetans (especially the beloved “momola” grandmothers, who have lived most of their lives in Tibet) are provided with modest support to live out their final days in comfort and dignity. one of AhF’s efforts has been the restoration of two exquisite 15th-century Tibetan Buddhist monuments located in the great walled city of Lo manthang, capital of the remote and beautiful kingdom of mustang, in northern Nepal. The work is being overseen by British conservation expert John Sanday and a team of Italian painting- restoration specialists who have trained more than 30 of the local young Lobas in the art and science of restoration. AhF’s anniversary is also commemorated by the publication of the book Himalaya: Personal Stories of Grandeur, Challenge and Hope, edited by Richard Blum, AhF’s president, Erica Stone, and Broughton Coburn. The volume contains images from more than 50 renowned photographers, complementing 40 essays that illustrate lifelong and life-altering experiences in the himalayas. At the AHF anniversary celebration, former vice-president Al Gore (right) shakes hands with Dr. Aruna Uprety, an AHF partner who has lead a campaign to save young Nepali women in India from lives of prostitution. AHF chairman Richard Blum looks on. CoURTESYBPFVASSIKoUTSAFTIS ➤ continued page 93