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Buddhadharma : Summer 2007
buddhadharma| 95 |summer 2007 Mahasangha news insight Meditation society has revamped its website, www. dharma.org/ims, and a quick tour proves there is much more here than the usual offerings. In addition to the teacher bios and retreat sched- ules, you’ll find a photographic his- tory (and rare video footage, a real treat) that leads you from IMS’s inception to the present day. Audio downloads from IMS teachers will likely be popular features. This site will stir the memories of old dhar- ma bums and serve as a warm welcome to new IMS visitors. dhaRManet inteRnational, an “independent, nonsectarian infor- mational and educational resource on Buddhism,” offers a wealth of Buddhist teachings and information at www.dharmanet.org. Dharma Net’s Learning Center keeps stu- dents supplied with reading material by Bhikkhu Bodhi, Jack Kornfield, Thich Nhat Hanh, and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, among others. The Dharma Media section includes audio and video clips from various tra- ditions, and links to other Buddhist sites that provide more downloads. Dharmanet suffers from a bland, colorless design, which is often the case with text-heavy sites, but is undergoing improvements. Bodhi Mandala, at www.bodhi mandala.net, is an undertaking of the Internet news platform The Bud- dhist Channel. It raises funds for the channel and for 11 other Bud- dhist charitable groups by offering a “grain” (onscreen they appear as little colored squares) of a digital mandala to sponsors who support the charities with a donation. The mandala is divided into 8,400 grains, which can be sponsored by pledging $60 usd for three grains. The digital mandala is beautiful, and a number of grains have already been bought since the site was launched in January. The mandala will be dismantled at the end of the year. The MindFul awaReness Re- seaRch centeR (MARC) at UCLA offers a site for those interested in the interface between Buddhism and psychology. MARC’s mission is to “investigate, evaluate, and dissemi- nate mindful awareness to create a more self-aware and compassionate culture.” Its website, www.marc. ucla.edu, supports that mission by providing five downloadable medita- tions, a recommended reading list, and a schedule of classes, workshops, and lectures. The site leans more toward the psychology side of the psy- chology/Buddhism mix, which may disappoint some practitioners. Still, it will be a resource for anyone interested in applying mindful practices to the world of psychology. culture. Her work is being fea- tured at a solo exhibit at New York’s Michael Rosenfeld Gallery until May 12. An abstract painter, von Wiegand often incorporated the spiritual in her paintings. In the 1960s and 1970s she traveled to India to study Buddhism and had an audience with the Dalai Lama, and at this point her paint- ings began to incorporate images and symbols more clearly drawn from Chinese astrology, tantric Buddhism, and Theosophical color charts. ■ gaRRison institute, located in New York’s Hudson Valley, is holding the first invita- tion-only training for teachers in Awareness and Concentration in Teaching (ACT), a Garrison initiative to contribute to the res- olution of what is being called an “education crisis in America.” ACT program director Deborah Schoeberlein says, “Promoting awareness and concentration in schools involves a simple shift in the quality and focus of teachers’ and students’ attention. It’s not so much a question of what a teacher teaches or what the students learn, but rather how the teacher teaches and how the students learn.” The weeklong program from August 11 to 16 will train individuals to deliver meditation instruction to teachers who will havekeyrolesinthenationalcontemplative- education initiative under develop- ment at Garrison. ■ dReaMing lhasa is a first dramatic feature film by Ritu Sari and Tenzing Sonam. Set in the Tibetan exile community in India, the film tells the romantic story of Karma, a Tibetan filmmaker from New York who travels to Dharmasala to make a docu- mentary about former political prisoners and falls in love with Dhondup, an enig- matic ex-monk (the two characters are pictured above). The film is distributed in the U.S. by First Run Features. College in Northampton, Massa- chusetts. The summer session gives university and college teachers a chance to research, prepare, and evaluate curricula that integrate contemplative practices. Arthur Zajonc, Linda-Susan Beard, Mi- rabai Bush, Daniel Holland, Hal Roth, and Joanna Zeigler will serve on the session faculty. ■ KanJuRo shiBata sensei (below), a 20th-generation master of kyudo and the retired bow- maker to the Emperor of Japan, celebrated his 86th birthday in the winter. Shibata Sensei teaches kyudo, the “way of the bow,” a powerful and highly refined con- templative practice. An evolution of the traditional samurai art of archery, kyudo is a method “not to polish the shooting style or technique, but to polish the mind,” says Shibata Sensei. He leads Zenko International and contin- ues an active teaching schedule at over 25 affiliated kyudo groups in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. ■ The American painter chaRMion von wiegand (1896–1983), whose works (example, below) are in the collections of the Guggen- heim, Whitney, Metropolitan, and Modern Art museums, was an early adopter of Tibetan Buddhist dhaRMa on the weB By Scott Armstrong CAROlYNKANJUROCOURTeSYOFMICHAelROSeNFelDGAlleRYFIRSTRUNFeATUReS