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Buddhadharma : Summer 2007
Mahasangha news buddhadharma| 91 |summer 2007 buddhadharma| 91 |summer 2007 Mahasangha news: proGrAMS & CeNTerS Buddhadharma THE PRACTITIONER'S QUARTERLY I don’t think we’ve changed the nature of the town, and I don’t think we will.” Local residents now seem to agree, and they have developed a good relationship with KTD over the years of the building campaign. Last September, the monastery offered a gift to Woodstock: a free talk by the Dalai Lama. To prevent crowds from overwhelming the town, the talk was not publicly announced until the last minute. Still, news traveled by word of mouth and between 2,000 and 3,000 people attended. To celebrate the International Day of Peace established by the United Nations, the Dalai Lama spoke about developing peace in the heart. “It was just a perfect day,” says Coulter. “The event was held outdoors and the weather was beautiful. The adults were sitting on the grass and the children were playing. I have heard nothing but positive reports.” KTD is now looking forward to another important visit. The Seventeenth Karmapa, who at twenty-one has never seen his North American seat, is expected to visit in the near future. No one knows for certain when that visit will take place. “But it will happen sometime,” says Coul- ter. “It is just a question of when. Though he has not been able to travel outside of India yet, when he is able to this will be one of the first places he comes, and that’s what we’re focusing on now.” In anticipation of an eventual visit by the Karmapa, KTD is trying finish the building work as soon as possible, hope- fully by this summer or fall. “We’re trying to complete the building with donations, so we can keep our financial liabilities down,” Cliett says. “If we have to take out a construction loan for several million dollars, we would have to raise our rates, and then a lot of sangha members could not afford to come.” Thus far, however, KTD has been very successful in gathering donations, and it currently has 75 percent of the necessary funds. When asked what his other goals are for KTD’s future, Cliett says he just hopes that the monastery will be able to con- tinue doing what it has been doing. “In the 1970s, when I got involved with Bud- dhism, it was difficult to even find dharma books,” he says. “Now I am so impressed to see how the dharma has flourished. As the main seat of the Kagyu lineage in North America, KTD has played an important role in that flourishing.” centers and proGraMs A section highlighting upcoming programs being offered at various centers. For information about advertising your center’s upcoming programs and events in this section, please call us toll-free at 1-877-786-1950, ext 31. Join us for Kessei (Monastic training period) held in spring and fall or for Sesshin. Limited scholarships available. For more information call 845.439.4566 or go to zenstudies.org Practice authentic Rinzai Zen as taught by Eido Shimano, one of the few Japanese Masters teaching in America today. DAI BOSATSU ENDO Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Chögyal Namkhai Norbu has committed, for his lifetime, to give the essential transmission of Guruyoga on three anniversaries each year. These direct transmissions will be webcast instantaneously and simultaneously to the main Gars and local practice groups throughout North America and the world. 2007-2008 TraNsmissioN DaTes Tsegyalgar East ◆ Dzogchen Community of America P. O. Box 277 ◆ Conway MA 01341 ◆ 413.369.4153 www.tsegyalgar.org Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org July 23 ◆ anniversary of guru Padmasambhava November 4 ◆ anniversary of adzom Drugpa 2008 ◆ Feb 20 ◆ anniversary of guru garab Dorje jonang foundation Preserving, Sustaining and Enlivening the Jonang Tradition A U.S. Non-profit Corporation & Online Educational Resource for the Jonang Tibetan Buddhist Tradition Projects Hosted Include: Art & Literatue Collection Tibet Primary School Documentary Series Translation Initiative Contribute to our projects at www.TibetPhoto.org or visit us at www.JonangFoundation.org