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Buddhadharma : Spring 2009
83 spring 2 00 9 buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly enny Phillips, author and editor of Letters from the Dhamma Brothers (Pariyatti Press), was a guest on Oprah’s XM Radio “Soul Series” in October. Phillips was invited to talk about the Vipassana meditation program she helped bring to inmates at Donaldson Correctional Facility in Birmingham, Alabama, and the many letters she and the retreat leaders received from the participating inmates, which were collected and subsequently published in Dhamma Brothers. Oprah also interviewed two inmates at Donaldson who still regularly practice Vipassana, and Dr. Ron Cavanaugh, director of treatment with the Alabama Department of Corrections. You can listen to the interviews online by visiting Oprah.com. Apparently Oprah is considering doing a TV feature on the Donaldson meditators as well. The 2008 International Buddhist film festival (IBFF) had an 11-day run in Mexico City in Novem- ber. This was IBFF’s first festival in Latin America. It attracted more than 15,000 ticket holders, and two public events in Mexico City’s main civic square drew an estimated 50,000 attendees. Leonides Guadarrama, the executive director of the IBFF’s presentation partner, Samaya Foundation, said the playbill included “some real surprises and lots of entertainment: comedies, classics, critical works, and some not so obviously Buddhist too.” This year, the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii will begin commemorative programs, culminating in Japan in 2011, to mark the death of Jodo ➤ 84 ELLEn BUrsTYn 85 nEW rinZAi rOsHi 87 VirTUAL rETrEAT 89 rETrEATs FOr YOUng pEOpLE spring 2009 EDiTOr: AnDrEA MCQUiLLin The seven-year-old reincarnation, or Yangsi, of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, Urgyen Jigme rabsel, was formally enthroned at Ka Nying Shedrup Ling mon- astery in Kathmandu on November 19. Tulku Urgyen (right), who died in 1996, studied and practiced the teachings of both the Kagyu and Nyingma schools of Tibetan Buddhism and was one of the most important Dzogchen masters of his time. Dozens of prominent Tibetan teachers, including Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, and Sogyal Rinpoche, attended the enthronement ceremony, helping to lead several thousand pilgrims from around the globe through the four-day event. Bill Karelis, who traveled from Boulder, Colorado, to attend, reported that “it was an overwhelmingly uplifting occasion, acknowledging that Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche is again present in the world.” The enthronement was webcast live on dharmasun.org, the website of Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, one of Tulku Urgyen’s sons. MahaSanghaNews Husband-and-wife musicians/performance artists Lou reed and Laurie Anderson will take to the stage together this spring for a concert benefiting the nonprofit Yongey Peace Prevails Center. Their teacher, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, author of The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Meditation, will introduce the show with a talk on how to use meditation with music to decrease stress and increase awareness. The concert will take place on April 5 at the Chandler Center for the Arts in Phoenix, Arizona. Jenny Phillips THOMASKELLY,KELLYPHOTOGRAPHY,KATHMANDUTIMOTHYGREENFIELD-SANDERSDANIELCOLLINS