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Buddhadharma : Summer 2007
buddhadharma| 87 |summer 2007 contents K yozan Joshu sasaKi Roshi (below) celebrated his 100th birthday at his home temple of Rinzai-ji in Los Angeles on April 1. Sasaki Roshi has lived in the U.S. for more than 45 years and has a passionate following for his traditional style of Zen prac- tice and his unique presentation of the dharma, which he calls nyorai, or tathagata, Zen. (In the 1990s Leonard Cohen famously forsook his ladies’ man calling to live a monk’s life at Sasaki Roshi’s train- ing monastery in Mount Baldy, California.) Sasaki Roshi main- tains an active teaching schedule of sesshins and oversees a network of retreat centers and urban prac- tice groups throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. ■ The Japan Society Gallery in New York is hosting a rare exhibit of medieval Zen figure paintings until June 17. The Zen and Chan paintings of buddhas, bodhisattvas, and patri- archs in awaKenings: zen FiguRe Painting in Medi- eval JaPan were created in Japanese and Chinese monastic communities between the 13th and 16th centuries. It’s the first U.S. exhibit of this kind of mate- rial in over 30 years. The Japan Society is offering a number of lectures during the exhibit’s run, including a panel discussion on June 14 on Zen and popular cul- ture moderated by Helen Tworkov. ■ A clinical trial is underway at suny uPstate Medical uni- veRsity to study the effects of relaxation techniques and medita- tion for women with breast cancer who are undergoing chemothe- rapy. “The study will find out whether women participating in a mind / body program or participat- ing in a support group have better control over nausea and quality of life,” says Lisa Kaufmann, profes- sor of internal medicine at SUNY. The trial, funded by the Carol M. Baldwin Research Fund of Central New York, is still recruiting parti- cipants. For more information, contact Deborah MicKinkle at mickikD@upstate.edu. ■ German filmmaker Dorris Dörrie has turned her lens on Zen priest and well-known cook edwaRd esPe BRown (below, with Dörrie) in a new documentary, How to Cook Your Life, which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in February. Dörrie and Brown met at the Tassajara Zen Moun- tain Center in California while Dörrie was giving a film work- shop there. In the afternoon she attended Brown’s cooking classes with her 16-year-old daughter. Dörrie says Brown’s classes en- courage people to “go to the kitchen, take out a knife, and just start cutting the carrots, stirring the soup, and washing the rice.” “caMBodia’s gandhi” dies M aha Ghosananda, the Theravada Buddhist monk referred to as “the Cambodian Ghandi,” died March 12 in Northhampton, Massachussetts, at age 78. After taking novice ordination at 14 at his local village monastery, Maha Ghosananda went on to complete a doctorate in Pali at Nalanda University in Bihar, India. In 1965 he left Cambodia for Thailand, where he spent 13 years practicing meditation and studying with the great masters of the Thai Forest tradition. In 1975, the Khmer Rouge seized control of Cambodia, and during its 44-month reign it closed 3,600 Buddhist temples and killed almost 60,000 Buddhist monks. When he realized he was one of a very few monks to survive, Maha Ghosananda left his isolated hermitage for the Cambodian refugee camps in southern Thailand, where he helped to restore the camps’ religious life. When Pol Pot’s regime was toppled by the Vietnamese in 1979, Maha Ghosanada returned to Cambodia and, in 1988, was elected Supreme Buddhist Patriarch of Cambodia by his 3,000 surviving peers, recognizing his efforts to reestablish monasteries and temples and train new monks. Maha Ghosananda moved to Massachusetts in the late 1980s at the invitation of the Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Order. In 1992, dur- ing the first year of the United Nations-sponsored peace agreement, he returned to Cambodia to lead the first of what became known as the Dhamma Yatra Walks for Peace and Reconciliation. He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize three times in the mid-1990s and acted as an advisor to the Buddhist Peace Fellowship in the U.S . 88 wisdoM anniversary • 89 full ordination for nuns? • 90 profile: karMa triyana dharMachakra editor, andrea Mcquillin YOSHIRADIN MahaSanghaNews suMMer 2007 COURTeSYPARAllAxPReSSMeGAHeRzFIlMS