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Buddhadharma : Fall 2007
buddhadharma| 87 |fall 2007 contents Toni Packer (below) and Springwater Center in New York both celebrated major mile- stones in June: Toni’s 80th birth- day and Springwater’s 25th anniversary. The festive weekend included a daylong meditation, Springwater’s annual meeting, and a birthday party. Toni has led retreats since 1976 and is the author of several books. Her most recent title is The Silent Question: Meditating in the Stillness of Not- Knowing. ■ The Zen cenTer of Los angeLes (ZCLA) Bud- dha Essence Temple, founded by the late Taizan Maezumi Roshi, marked 40 years in May with a packed, four-day-weekend cele- bration. The festivities began with the annual gathering of White Plum Asanga teachers (Maezumi Roshi’s dharma heirs), more than 40 of whom returned to the White Plum “mother temple” for the Thursday-evening kick-off. Gerry Shishin Wick was elected presi- dent of the White Plum Asanga, succeeding past presidents Bernie Glassman and Genpo Merzel. The weekend included a service hon- oring ZCLA’s founders, Baian Hakujun Kuroda Roshi and Tai- zan Maezumi Roshi; an acknowl- edgement ceremony for new White Plum Asanga members; a panel discussion on Zen in America 89 zazen online ■ 90 profile: Mount baldy zen center ■ 95 dharMa on the web editor, andrea Mcquillin MahaSanghaNews fall 2007 BLoomingTon cenTer To Become new “kumBum of The wesT” by Andrea Miller During his U.S . tour this fall, His Holiness the Dalai Lama will visit Bloomington, Indiana, from October 23 to 28, where he will take part in a VIP lunch, give a public talk, and teach from Atisha’s Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment. The visit sponsor is Bloomington’s Tibetan Cultural Center (TCC), which His Holiness recently named the “Kumbum of the West.” The original Kumbum Monastery was founded in Tibet’s Amdo province by the third Dalai Lama in 1583. An important center of learning, Kumbum houses several colleges, where monks study subjects like tantra and traditional medicine. Three of these colleges still exist, but they have changed radically since the 1950s under the Chinese policies. Nearly 3,500 monks once called Kumbum home; today there are only 500. Kumbum has instead become a major Chinese tourist attraction. Before the Dalai Lama’s announcement, Kumbum was the last remaining of the six principle Gelukpa monasteries to be reestablished outside of Tibet. There are several factors that make the TCC suitable for this role. Its founder, Professor Thubten Jigme Norbu, also called Takster Rinpoche, is the eldest brother of His Holiness and it was he who was serving as the abbot of Kumbum when the Chinese invaded. In 1979 Takster Rinpoche established the TCC on a 90-acre site, but in 2002 he suffered a series of strokes that left him impaired and brought programming to a halt. In 2005, with the center on the brink of foreclosure, His Holiness appointed another former abbot of Kumbum, Arjia Rinpoche, to take over the directorship and to place the TCC on the path to financial recovery. “This is an exciting time,” says Lisa Morrison, TCC’s publicity and media coordinator. “Since Arjia Rinpoche became the director, there has been a great deal of growth – a kind of renaissance – at the cen- ter.” The TCC now holds weekly sangha gatherings, plus special events marking occasions such as Losar, the Tibetan New Year, and hosts a Tibetan art fair. In the summer of 2006, the center hosted a children’s summer camp for Tibetan refugees, and this summer it is hosting it again, along with a camp for Mongolian children. When His Holiness declared the TCC the Kumbum of the West, says Morrison, “he asked Arjia Rinpoche to work toward preserving Tibetan and Mongolian cultures. Working with youth – exposing them to traditional music, dance, language, and Buddhist teachings – is a wonderful way to do that.” SUSANMCCALLUM His Holiness the Dalai Lama with Arjia Rinpoche, director of the Tibetan Cultural Center. COURTeSYTCC