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Buddhadharma : Spring 2008
spring 2008| 90 |buddhadharma mahasangha news Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa in Pomaia, Italy, died on November 28. The Italian center is one of the West’s largest and most active Geluk centers. Geshe Jampa Gyatso was a classmate and close friend of the late Lama Thubten Yeshe, the founder of the FPMT. ■ The American-born monk BhAntE vimA- lArAmsi (below), abbot of Dhamma Sukha Medita- tion Center in Annapolis, Missouri, was nomi- nated a year ago to be the first American representative to the World Buddhist Supreme Confer- ence, which will take place in Kobe, Japan, this April. This fifth biennial conference gathers World Buddhist Council representatives from different Buddhist traditions in 50 countries to discuss a united position “dedicated to working toward balance, harmony, and world peace.” In preparation, Bhante Vimalaramsi is inviting input from American practitioners on the subject of “the biggest chal- lenges facing Buddhism in the 21st century.” E-mail your thoughts to Bhante Vimalaramsi by way of his administrator, sister Khema, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Write “21st Century Buddhist Concerns” in the subject line. ■ The educational rights to the 60-minute documentary BUddhA Wild: monk in A hUt have been sold to a New York company, which means that New Zealand director Anna Wilding’s glimpse into the lives of contemporary Buddhist monks in a rural com- munity in Thailand will be able to reach more North American view- ers. The first-time director said she was aiming to make “a happy, positive, and upbeat themed film” about Asian culture and Bud- dhism. ■ Abbess Jiko Linda Cutts ( below) accepted an “EnErgy oscAr” for Renewable Energy on behalf of the San Francisco Zen Center at a ceremony on December 11. California Inter- faith Power & Light (CIPL), an organization of almost 500 faith communities that have committed to take steps to fight global warm- ing, awarded the Energy Oscar. The ceremony marked the first time that the CIPL gathered to recognize the work of member congregations in fulfilling that mission. ■ Have you got what it takes to run a Zen center? cAm- BridgE ZEn cEntEr director Barbara Feldman is searching for an abbot to replace Andrzej Steci. The Cambridge Zen center was founded in 1973 by some of the earliest students of Zen Master Seung Sahn. ■ Sravasti Abbey, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in northeastern Washington State founded by Thubten Chodron, will offer a weeklong rEtrEAt for yoUng AdUlts at the beginning of July. The program offers people between the ages of 18 and 25 a chance to sample monastery life, including media- tion practice, dharma teachings and discussions, and outdoor work. ■ Seattle’s Nalanda West, founded by The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, will host the second annual dying WEll conference March 8 and 9. Speakers and pan- elists from the Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, and Sufi traditions will share their wisdom on death and dying, sacred rituals, and caring communities. ■ Dr. Lidia Zylow- ska, a psychiatrist and researcher who leads a program for ADHD patients at the UclA mindfUl AWArEnEss rEsEArch cEn- tEr, says that meditation can improve older ADHD patients’ ability to stay focused. “We always think that our brain makes our mind, but it may work the other way,” Dr. Zylowska said in a November Time article. “We can have an impact on our biology.” ■ This summer will mark the tenth anniversary of gomdE UsA, a Dzogchen meditation and retreat center in Mendocino County, Calif- ornia, that is part of the Rangjung Yeshe organization. This summer’s visitors to Gomde will include Dzigar Kongtrul, Chokyi Nyima, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, and Lama Tsultrim. ■ Ten American, Sri Lankan, Burmese, and Thai Bud- dhist nuns from across the U.S. participated in the first-ever recita- tion of the BhikkhUni pAtimok- khA in North America (below). This Pali text spells out the monas- tic discipline for fully ordained Buddhist women, and, for many, its recitation marks the establishment of the Theravadan bhikkhuni Sangha in North America. The In november, the progrAm on nEgotiAtion At hArvArd lAW school hosted a panel discussion on how Buddhist practices and principles can facilitate interpersonal dialogue and effective negotiation, with panelists Janet Surrey, from the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute at Wellesley college, and Gregory Kramer, co-founder of the Metta Foundation (above), as well as Roshi Bernie Glassman, currently a lecturer on Buddhist Studies at Harvard Divinity School. The second half of the panel included professional mediators who use Buddhist principles in their work. David Hoffman, founder of The Boston Law collaborative, where he works as a mediator, arbiter, and attorney, called the principles “practical stuff” that has real and effective applications, such as his own practice of “nonjudgmental awareness” in his work. KRISSnIBBESuSAno’connELLcRAIGGARRETTDAVIDTucKER