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Buddhadharma : Fall 2005
fall 2005| 92 |buddhadharma Buddhadharma The PracTiTioner's QuarTerly CenTers and PrOgrams A section highlighting upcoming programs being offered at various centers. For information about advertising your center’s upcoming programs and events in this section, please call us toll-free at 1-877-786-1950, ext 31. was necessary to save the temple and to dis- cipline its monks. The abbot, 84-year-old Sam Son, and his supporters argue that the directors held a fraudulent election in June of last year and that actions approved at the meeting, which led to the transfer, are invalid. Sam Son’s supporters held a protest (above) in March at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center to raise public awareness of the attempted takeover. ■ thE shEllEy and donald RuBin foundation has given a grant to the Buddhist Film Society and the Conservancy for Tibetan Art and Culture to aid the two organizations in their develop- ment of an archive of Buddhist and Tibetan film. This grant will help finance research on the best practices for effective and accessible archiving of several formats of film and video. At the Rubin Museum of Art in New York, a new exhibit entitled Female Buddhas: Women of Enlightenment in Himalayan Art opened in June, and will be on display through January. The exhibit features over 40 works that explore the sacred female form. ■ Under the direction of Bhakha Tulku Rinpoche, the VaiRotsana foundation has begun constructing a stupa in the Zuni Mountains near Grants, New Mexico. The stupa will be built in the Tibetan Düdul Chorten style, and will stand 50 feet high on what was once a hunting area for Native people who inhabited the region. The foundation has named the area where the stupa is to be built Ösel Khandro Duwi Ling, or “The Gathering Place of the Dakinis.” ■ Lay ordinations were held for the first time at the staRkVillE ZEn dojo in Starkville, Mississippi, on June 5, when four people received the precepts from Tony Bland Roshi. Bland Roshi is a dharma heir of Robert Livingston Roshi, who studied with Taisen Deshimaru Roshi and founded the New Orleans Zen Temple in 1983. The Starkville Zen Dojo, a Soto Zen center that Bland Roshi founded in 1995, conducts Zen practice in the lineage tradition of Kodo Sawaki and Deshimaru Roshi. “This ordina- tion is the first one that has been done outside New Orleans by a disciple of Livingston Roshi,” says Bland. “It is a public affirmation of the viability of our small sangha and the dedication and commitment of those ordained.” ■ thE kalaPa cha tEa GRouP, including John McGee Sensei, Alexandre Avdoulov Sensei, and students from Nova Scotia, visited Kyoto and Osaka, Japan, where they hosted tea gatherings for Japanese students and teachers. McGee Sensei, a Canadian who for many years studied the practice of offering tea with the grand master of the Urasenke tradition, wanted students to experience the Japanese culture and tradition of tea. ■ Hoshin Seki and others involved in the American Buddhist Study Center in New York City held a one-day Buddhist symPosium on shin Buddhism on June 15. Speakers included author Clark Strand and Rev. Taitetsu Unno, who described the tradition’s founder, Shinran Shonin, and his views of the goal of buddhadharma. A second Buddhist symposium is scheduled for September 10. ■ The windhoRsE ZEn community, a sister center of the Rochester Zen Center, has relocated its residential train- ing center from Rochester, New York, to Alexander, North Carolina. At their new 16-acre site, the community is carrying out sustainable living practices including soil res- toration, organic gardening, and low envi- ronmental impact building. They will build three structures that use passive and active solar design, radiant floor heating, and a central heating system based on Tarm wood stoves. ■ The noRthwEst dhaRma association held its annual meeting at the Portland Insight Meditation Center in February. Representatives from two dozen of the associa- tion’s 64 member-groups attended, and teams were formed to carry out four priorities: to cooperate on children’s dharma programs, to share skills and resources, to expand the asso- ciation’s summer festivals, and to continue to improve the association’s publication, called the Northwest Dharma News. TArAgOETZyUKOANBAr-rOMEIWATT