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Buddhadharma : Spring 2006
spring 2006| 94 |buddhadharma spring 2006| 94 |buddhadharma kwan um school of zen over 100 centers and groups worldwide firstname.lastname@example.org www.kwanumzen.org zen master seung sahn founding teacher photobyMatthewSmolinsky ̊anzeon Zen Center International Year-round Meditation and classes. Residential and community practice. Big Mind training. Genpo Merzel Roshi, Abbot President of the White Plum Asanga Salt Lake CIty, Utah www.kzci.org • www.bigmind.org 801.328.8414 •A unique practice opportunity for experienced Dharma students in the exquisite high country of Taos, New Mexico • Grounded in the Theravada-Vipassana lineage, supplemented by other awareness or concentration practices • Offering two-week to one-month retreats with an opportunity for more independent, self-directed practice • Special Scholarship rates available for low-income people of color, helping professionals, & other Dharma students who otherwise could not attend; lay Dharma teachers & Monastics · 2006· March 15 - April 12 Teachers: Marcia Rose & Annie Nugent · 2007· March 14 - April 11 Teachers: Marcia Rose & Patricia Genoud Feldman July6-July25 Teacher : Venerable Sayadaw U Vivekananda Guiding Teacher : Marcia Rose The Mountain Hermitage P.O. Box 807 · Ranchos de Taos, NM · 87557 505-758-0633 email@example.com · www.mountainhermitage.org The Mountain Hermitage treatments. Johnston, a computer graphics designer, asked to work with Duskin, without accepting financial compensation. Ben’s Game was released to the public in May 2004 and has been translated into nine languages. You can download it at: www.makewish.org/ben ■ One hundred and thirty abandoned dogs – and a few cats – were airlifted from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina in October through the action of Tara’s Babies, an animal rescue organization initiated by Jetsunma Akhon Lhamo, director of Kunzang Palyul Chöling (KPZ) Buddhist Center in Sedona, Arizona. The animals, initially housed at KPC’s retreat centers in Arizona and Maryland, were registered with Petfinder, an online database of displaced animals, and treated by veterinar ians. They have been fostered with volunteers. Owners can locate pets through Petfinder: www.petfinder.org. ■ The opening of the new community building at tara manDaLa, Tsultrim Allione’s retreat center in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, was celebrated on October 1. The “green” building was constructed from locallycrafted rammedearth brick, and beams hewn from trees from the Tara Mandala land, which were handcarved and handpainted by Lama Gyurme and his brother Palden. Many local craftspeople who worked on the building came with their families to take part in a tour of the land, a silent auction, reception, and concert by Krishna Das. Phase two of Tara Mandala’s building campaign includes the construction of a threestory temple and lib rary, and residences that will house up to 60 retreatants. ■ Another album of Tibetan Buddhist chants has been nominated for a Grammy. Last year, Sherabling monks made history by taking home a Grammy for their sacred chants. This year, Lama Tashi’s tiBetan maSter chantS has been nom inated for the Grammy Awards in the tradi tional World Music category. The 40th annual Grammy Awards ceremony took place on February 8. At press time, we don’t know whether the Grammy gods had shone on Lama Tashi. ■ Seventyfouryearold broadcaster BarBara WaLterS asked for – and received – a kiss on the cheek from the DaLai Lama during taping last spring in Dharam sala for her twohour December TV special “Heaven: Where Is It? How Do We Get There?” Walters told CNN that His Holiness had quite an effect on her: “To be in his pres ence was a wonderful experience...when I left, for a couple of days, I was a wonderful person. Since he talked about compassion and warmheartedness, I had no competitive thoughts. I saw only good in everything.” ■ The praYer FLag peace project is a