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Buddhadharma : Fall 2008
mahasangha news buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly fall 2 0 08 86 The Buddha’s Apprentices: More Voices of Young Buddhists. Among the many people detained by Chinese authorities following the Lhasa riots this spring was Jamyang Kyi , a high-profile Ti- betan television reporter, feminist activist, and popular singer. Ac- cording to the New York Times, Kyi was escorted from her office on April 1 by plainclothes police- men in the city of Xining. Friends said that the authorities also con- fiscated her computer and a list of contacts. Chinese authorities have not yet confirmed her detention. South Korean Buddhist poet Ko Un (below), now 74 years old, has received the 2008 Lifetime Recognition Award from the Grif- fin Trust. The Canadian trust be- stows a prize for poetry each year and in 2006 instituted a special award that recognizes poets who have contributed to the develop- ment of the genre. Ko Un’s most recent collection translated in English is What? 108 Zen Poems, published by Parallax.This June, Amherst College and the Shang Shung Institute (SSI) co-hosted a free public symposium on Tibetan Medicine in America. The two- day symposium introduced dozens of participants to one of the world’s “oldest continuously prac- ticed healing systems.” Presenters included Tibetan doctors and speakers from the American Tibetan Medical Association, which was founded to help estab- lish regulations for new doctors of Tibetan medicine and to set stan- dards of education in the field. The American branch of the SSI, founded by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu and located in Conway, Massachusetts, is the only Ameri- can institution that offers a full-time, four-year program in traditional Tibetan medicine. Soeng Hyang (Barbara Rhodes) at the ceremony naming her School Zen Master. A FirsT For The KwAn UM school At a ceremony on April 5 at Providence Zen Center, Zen Master Soeng Hyang (BArBArA rhodes) made history when she was installed as School Zen Master and Guiding Dharma Teacher of the International Kwan Um School of Zen. Not only is she the first person to hold the position since the school’s founder, Seung Sahn, died in November, 2004, but she is also the first woman and first non-Asian to take on the role. The new role will mean more travel and some added administrative responsibilities. But Rhodes doesn’t anticipate that the new title will change life that much. “My passion is teaching and practicing,” says Rhodes. “Thank goodness my new job won’t take me away from that.” Rhodes was one of Zen Master Seung Sahn’s first American stu- dents and began her studies with him in 1972. She also helped found Providence Zen Center and lived there for 17 years, serving in a num- ber of administrative capacities. She received dharma transmission from Seung Sahn in 1992. The April installation ceremony was officiated by three of Rhodes’ Kwan Um peers (left to right, below): Wu Bong, head teacher in Europe, Dae Kwang, school abbot, and Dae Bong, head teacher in Asia. memorial sesshin at Dai Bosatsu Zendo in May. Senzaki was one of the first Japanese Zen masters to take up residence in the U.S. and also a good friend of Eido Roshi’s teacher, Soen Naka- gawa. Senzaki employed a “float- ing zendo” model—the only mate- rial he carried as he traveled from hall to hall to teach was a picture of Manjushri. At the end of his life, Nyogen Senzaki’s final words were reported to be, “Remember the dharma! Remember the dhar- ma! Remember the dharma!” This August, Wisdom Publications is releasing Eloquent Silence: Nyogen Senzaki’s Gateless Gate and Other Previously Unpublished Teachings and Letters, edited by Roko Sher- ry Chayat.The dalai lama fin- ished his U.S. summer tour with trips in July to Bethlehem, Penn- sylvania, and Madison, Wiscon- sin, where he taught on Tsong- khapa’s Lamrim Chenmo (Stages on the Path to Enlightenment) and Shantideva’s A Guide to the Bodhi sattva’s Way of Life. His only scheduled Western trip this fall is to Switzerland in October.This year, the new York Buddhist church (NYBC), a temple in the Jodo Shinshu Pure Land school of Buddhism, marks 70 years since its founding by Hozen Seki. Fif- teen years ago, the NYBC started a campaign that led to the acquisi- tion, restoration, and renovation of the former American Buddhist Academy, now called the Ameri- can Buddhist Study Center (ABSC), on Riverside Drive. The NYBC community raised nearly $1 mil- lion to complete the renovation of the five-storey landmark building, which now houses meeting and meditation rooms, classrooms, the ABSC, kitchens, the minister’s resi- dence, and guest rooms. Phase 2 of the campaign will involve rais- ing $1.7 million to renovate the ABSC’s main hall.After five years as associate director at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, sumi loundon Kim passed the baton to Chris Talbot this summer. Sumi and her family are moving to Tuc- son, Arizona, where her husband, Ilmee Kim, will teach at the Uni- versity of Arizona. Loundon Kim is also the editor of Blue Jean Bud dha: Voices of Young Buddhists and JWHARRINGToNJWHARRINGToN ➤