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Buddhadharma : Summer 2006
summer 2006| 92 |buddhadharma summer 2006| 92 |buddhadharma Tibet collected half a million rupees (about $10,000 U.S.) from Tibetans across India and Nepal to purchase what is said to be tiBet’s only surviving PassPort from a Nep- alese antique dealer. Issued in 1947 by the independent Tibetan government, the passport had been stamped by a number of Western countries, including the United States, Eng- land, France, and Switzerland. The document is seen by some as proof that those countries recognized an independent Tibet before the 1959 invasion by Chinese forces. ■ The vai - rotsana FounDation has begun work on a stupa at their retreat land in the Zuni Moun- tains of New Mexico. When completed, the stupa will be 50 feet high, constructed in the dudul choten, or “subduing of evil forces,” style, which incorporates buried weapons, rel- ics of enlightened beings, mantras, tsa tsas, and numerous other precious substances. ■ A new board game created by a British artist has been getting a lot of clever press (one British headline read: “Roll Double Six ... for Nir- vana”). BuDDhaWheel: a gaMe oF Many lives takes players on a journey through the six realms as they try to become a buddha. A roll of the dice decides which realm a player is born into, while a “karma card” indicates which realm a player is reborn into. Once players have become a buddha, they have the option of re-entering the game to help others. The game is available in only a few North American locations – check the BuddhaWheel website for specifics: www.buddawheel.co.uk. ■ The first Bön stupa in the West was conse- crated in Torreon, Mexico, on February 19. geshe tenZin Wangyal rinPoche, president and resident lama of the Ligmincha Institute, first taught in Mexico City in 1995, and on a return visit three years later, a patron donated a ten-hectare site in the mountains of Valle de Bravo to build a stupa. The monu- ment is dedicated to Tenzin Wangyal ➤continued from page 91 Thursday night beginners instruction. Five days of morning and evening zazen. Weekend Retreats, All day sittings, Teisho and Dokusan by Ven. Eido Shimano Roshi. 223 East 67 St. NYC 10021 For more information call 212 861 3333 or go to www.zenstudies.org Discover an oasis of peace in the heart of the city. Come sit with us and study with one of the pioneers of Zen teaching in America. NEW YORK ENDO SHOBO-JI ̊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 ZEN CORRESPONDENCE COURSE This technique has been perfected for more than 3 years, and one can realize substantial progress provided there is a commitment on the part of the practitioner to devote time and energy to meditation. Many people would like to practice Zen in an authentic manner, but live in an area where there is no access to a teacher, or just don’t connect with a group. Because Open Mind Zen is created by and for laypeople, we understand this predicament and have created a system whereby one can practice koan study using phone and email. Al Rapaport, Zen Teacher If you are a current practitioner without a teacher, have been stuck on a koan for years or are interested in beginning Zen practice, email or call us and we will tailor a program that works for you. (321)768-2098, OpenMindZen@cfl.rr.com, www.OpenMindZen.com Workshop with Cheri Huber • Founder of the Zen Monastery Practice Center • Founder of Living Compassion • Author of 17 Books, including There is Nothing Wrong with You & Unconditional Self-Acceptance June 30–July 2, 2006 1-800-858-9642 www.yogaville.ORG Located in Central Virginia, 45 mi. S of Charlottesville “Compassionate Self-Discipline” CarolroseGG