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Buddhadharma : Summer 2005
science, mediTaTion, and The mind The ongoing dialogue between Buddhism and Western science on the nature of mind will be one of the themes of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s U.S. tour this fall. The Dalai Lama will speak at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, which takes place November 12–16 in Washington, D.C. He’s scheduled to of fer a Buddhist perspective on “how medita- tive practices can change the workings of the brain,” and engage in questions and answers with this group of neuroscientists. While in Washington, the Dalai Lama will also attend the Mind and Life Institute’s annual conference, from November 8–10. Co-spon- sored by the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Georgetown University Medical Center, this year’s conference, entitled “Investigating the Mind: The Science and Clinical Applications of Meditation,” will focus on how the practice of meditation has made its way into main- stream medicine and psychiatry. Open to the public, this conference should be of interest to practitioners of medicine, clinical psychology, psychiatry, and neuroscience. On September 25, Rutgers University will award His Holiness an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters. At Rutgers, he will offer a public talk on “Peace, War, and Reconciliation.” In preparation for his visit, Rutgers will host seminars, concerts, exhibits, and other events related to the Dalai Lama and the culture of Tibet. In Tucson, Arizona, from September 16–18, the Dalai Lama will teach on the eighth chapter of Shantideva’s Bodhicharyavatara, and on September 24, at the Manhattan Center in New york, he will offer the initiation of Thousand-Armed Avalokiteshvara. For more information on these and other events, visit www.tibetoffice.org, www.tibet.com, and www.snowlionpub.com. the applications received far exceeded this number, those attending were chosen by a lottery. ■ aJahn sumedo, abbot of Amaravati Buddhist monastery in Great Gaddesden, England, is heading up a new charity to raise funds for the creation of a monastic sangha in the forest tradition of Thera- vada Buddhism in Scotland. The founding vision of the charity, named The Forest Sangha Trust for Scotland, is to establish relatively small communities sited in wooded areas, similar to those found in East Asian countries. Each monastic com- munity will consist of ordained bhikkhus (monks) or siladhara (nuns) leading contemplative lives according to the Thera- vadin monastic precepts. Each complex will contain a medita- tion hall and kitchen at its core, with individual meditation huts spaced out among trees. A forest management strategy will be at the heart of these communities, in order to create a safe and sus- tainable habitat in which native birds and animals are able to flourish. ■ The world premier of vaJra sky, the final film in the documentary series The Yantra Trilogy: Sacred Journeys, was held at the Rubin Museum of Art on April 14. Produced and directed by John Bush, founder of Direct Pictures, the documentary was filmed entirely in central Tibet and features some of Tibet’s most treasured temples, monas- teries, and festivals. The docu- mentary also takes a look at the true lack of religious freedom in Tibet and is accompanied by an original soundtrack that includes the music of David Hykes and Dadon. Director John Bush was on hand at the Rubin Museum tohostanumberofQ&A sessions about the film. ■ The vaJra vidya reTreaT cen- Ter (below) officially opened its doors on March 14 with a fire ceremony conducted by Bardor Tulku Rinpoche. Created by Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche and his students, the center is located on 35 acres of land in Crestone, Colorado, at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Moun- tains. The center was originally conceived in 1996, when the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa sug- gested that a retreat center be built in Crestone. ■ From Octo- ber 25-30 there will be a five- day international gathering just outside of London to promote the vision of universal edu- caTion (UE). UE was launched in Italy in 1982 by the late Lama Thubten Yeshe in response to his concerns about “the false dual- ity in people’s minds between spirituality and science.” The mission of the UE, now under the spiritual direction of Lama Zopa Rinpoche, is “to provide learning opportunities, tools and resources that will enable any- one, anywhere to develop their natural compassion and wisdom and contribute to peace in the world.” For more information about UE and the October gathering, email: alison@uni- versaleducation.org.uk. ■ From October 17-22, the Journal of BuddhisT eThics will hold an online conference enti- tled “Revisioning Karma.” The conference, which is open to the public, will include discussions of karma as it is viewed in all Buddhist traditions. As well, it will look at the significance of karma in the development of Buddhism in the last century. To find out how to register for the conference or to view the list of submitted papers, visit http:// jbe.gold.ac.uk/karma-conf.html. ■ The 7Th inTernaTional BuddhisT-chrisTian con- ference, hosted by the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies, will be held from June 3-8 at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. The title of this year’s conference is “Hear the Cries of the World: Buddhism and Christianity in Dialogue Towards Global Healing,” and it will focus on the environment, human rights, social justice, and Catholic-Buddhist relations. If you have news you wish to include in the Fall 2005 issue of MahaSangha News, please contact us by June 1. Send your information by mail, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. CLARKJOHNSONTIBETHOUSE buddhadharma| 91 |summer 2005