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Buddhadharma : Summer 2006
buddhadharma| 87 |summer 2006 D ai Bosatsu ZenDo (DBZ) near Livingston Manor, New York, celebrates its 30th anniver- sary with a special ceremony on July 15. Founder Eido Roshi says, “I am still amazed that Dai Bosatsu Zendo was born. I am even more amazed that after all that has hap- pened, we continue our practice as though nothing had happened. It feels like a miracle and I am grateful for it.” In 1968, picking up the pieces of what was left of the Zen Studies Society, founded by D. T. Suzuki (who had gone back to Japan for his final years), Eido Roshi founded New York Zendo Shobo-ji in Manhattan, with the help of patron Chester Carlson, the inventor of the Xerox machine. On July 4, 1976, Amer- ica’s bicentennial, Eido Roshi opened the monastery Dai Bosatsu Zendo, in a ceremony that was attended by Buddhist teachers from around the world (photo above). Today, DBZ offers a three- year training program for monks, a 100-day kessei for laypeople, and at least eight sesshins each MahaSangha News summer 2006 year, as well as numerous introduc- tory weekends. ■ The Japanese artist and poet Kaji aso passed away at his home on March 11 after a short battle with esophageal can- cer. He was 69. Kaji Aso was a true renaissance man who sup- ported the best in both Western and Japanese culture. A native of Tokyo, he lived for the last 37 years in Boston, where he founded the Kaji Aso Studio, a nonprofit art institute that offers visual art, music, poetry, philos- ophy, theater, and good food. Aso taught at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts for more than 30 years, and his calligraphies, paintings, and drawings are dis- played in museums throughout the world. Aso was also a master of tea ceremony and an accom- plished tenor. He led many river- kayaking trips and last year completed his 36th-straight Bos- ton Marathon. ■ Francis Dojun cooK, translator of Dogen’s Instructions to the Cook and How to Raise an Ox, died on March 24 of com- plications from Parkinson’s dis- ease, just one day shy of his 76th birthday. A native of Phoenix, New York, Dr. Cook received his Ph.D. in Buddhist studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1970, and went on to teach at the University of Califor- nia, Riverside, for almost 20 years, where his research focused on Buddhism in China and Japan. In his retirement, he became the U.S. Publications Director for the Numata Center for Buddhist Translation and Research, based in Tokyo and Berkeley. Dr. Cook is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, and four children. ■ sensei Merle KoDo BoyD recently became the first African-Ameri- can woman to receive dharma transmission in the White Plum sangha. In March, Sensei Kodo received transmission from Roshi Wendy Egyoku Nakao during a ceremony at the Zen Center of Los Angeles. Also attending the ceremony was Roshi Bernie Glassman of the Zen Peacemakers Institute. ■ Saxophonist and jazz composer Wayne shorter struck gold in February, taking home Best Jazz Instrumental hon- ors for his 2005 release Beyond the Sound Barrier (Verve) at the 48th annual Grammys. Shorter is a Soka Gakkai Buddhist. Lama Tashi, whose Tibetan Master Chants was nominated in the Best Traditional World Music cate- gory, went home empty-handed. Tashi gained attention for his deep vocal chants with multiple overtones, but was unable to par- lay that unique voice into Grammy victory. ■ urgyen jig- Mey raBsel, a young Tibetan who was born in America and possesses an American passport, has been recognized as the incar- nation of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. Tulku Urgyen (1920–1996) was widely acknowledged as one of the great meditation masters of modern times. The new incarna- tion was recognized by Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche, a high Nyingma lama who knew the pre- vious Tulku Urgyen well. In March, two of Tulku Urgyen’s sons, Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche and Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche, and Tulku Urgyen’s grandson Phakchok Rinpoche, met the four- year-old in Bir, India, where he lives with his family. A formal naming ceremony and enthrone- ment will be scheduled for a later date. ■ the Dalai laMa vis- ited Israel for five days in Febru- ary, urging peaceful dialogue between Israel and the newly elected Palestinian Hamas govern- ment. Although there were some upbeat moments during meetings with local Muslim and Israeli leaders (Rabbi Yonah Metzger, for example, called for the cre- contents 88 / herbert guenther dies ı 89 / the beats ı 90 / profile: snow lion ı 95 / dharma on the web editor, andrea mcquillin JeanneGuGinoDaviDKittelstromtenDzinChoyanGGyarizClaarChivesDaibosatsuzenDo