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Buddhadharma : Spring 2009
mAHASANGHA NeWS 89 spring 2 00 9 buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly iF YOU HAVE nEWs Send your information by mail or by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org British Museum before being given into the care of the Mahabodhi Society. IMS received it from Charles O’Hara, who was a monk in Sri Lanka for 25 years. Khenchen Thrangu rinpoche’s North American sangha representative, Khenpo Jigme, left Vajra Vidya in Crestone, Colorado, to attend the consecrations of two of Thrangu Rinpoche’s Nepalese monastic centers, Tashi Yangtse Monastery at Namo Buddha and the Tara Abbey Nunnery at Swayambunath in December. The consecrations, which marked the culmination of more than 10 years of construction and preparation, were attended by hundreds of dignitaries and thousands of students, both lay and monastic. Khenpo Jigme carried the good wishes of Thrangu Rinpoche’s North American sangha. Artist, calligrapher, environmental activist and writer Kaz Tanahashi and composer/author Robert Kyr’s musical collaboration “Ah Nagasaki: Ashes Into Light,” had its premiere in Minneapolis in October. Seven arts groups and two choirs from Japan performed the musical meditation on the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, which took place on August 9, 1945. The concert’s centerpiece was a three-movement, 30-minute cantata for soloists, multiple choirs, and orchestras, commis- sioned by the Nagasaki Peace Museum. Corrrection: In the Fall 2008 issue of Mahasangha News we incorrectly stated that Rev. Jana Drakka was setting up a new zendo in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district. Last March Rev. Drakka left San Francisco Zen Center, after fifteen years of training, to expand her ministry with low-income people and those who work with them. She combines traditional zazen with a harm reduction approach, which is particularly effective with people suffering from addiction and trauma. Currently, she is Temple Keeper for the Street Zendo, which was opened ten years ago by the Faithful Fools Street Ministry and Sojun Mel Weitsman and is dedicated to Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. To learn more about Rev. Drakka and her work, visit janadrakka.com. In December, patricia Berger received the 2008 shimada prize for her book Empire of Emptiness: Buddhist Art and Political Authority in Qing China, published by University of Hawaii Press in 2003. The Shimada Prize, awarded by the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and The Metropolitan Center for Far Eastern Art Studies in Kyoto, Japan, recognizes an outstanding publica- tion on the history of East Asian art. Berger is an associate professor of Chinese art at the University of California, Berkeley. SUmmer reTreATS for CHILDreN, TeeNS AND YoUNG ADULTS for 20 years, the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, has offered annual retreats for families and teenagers. This sum- mer, from July 29 to August 5, IMS will hold its sixth young adult insight meditation retreat for 18- to 32-year-olds. IMS is also holding a retreat for teens (ages 14 to 19) July 4 to 9, which will offer medita- tion instruction, periods of sitting and walking meditation, facilitated discussion groups, and instruction in a number of meditative arts. Other Buddhist summer programs tailored specifically for young people include: shambhala sun Camp, for children ages 10 to 16. Philosophy is based on the teachings of Shambhala Buddhism and the practices of Dorje Kasung. Offered at three locations: Shambhala Mountain Center, Colorado, July 5 to 12; Dechen Choling, France, July 17 to 24; and Dorje Denma Ling, Nova Scotia, Canada, August 9 to 16. insight Meditation retreat, for young adults ages 18 to 26. The program includes silent and guided meditation, qigong, community building, and some discussion of young adult issues. Offered at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre, California, August 10 to 16. Finding Your Way: A retreat for Teens, ages 13 to 17. A weekend retreat that includes an introduction to zazen, discussion, activities, and time to enjoy the outdoors. Offered at zen Mountain Monastery, Mount Tremper, New York, May 22 to 24. Monastic Youth Dathun, for ages 17 to 25. A 30-day program that offers temporary monastic ordination as a rite of passage and intensive meditation and discussion groups. (Previous med- itation experience is required.) Offered at Gampo Abbey, Pleasant Bay, Nova Scotia, June 15 to July 15. Buddhist Churches of America Youth retreat, for youths from middle-school to college age. Daily services, workshops, and discussions to deepen the understanding of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism. Offered at Sacramento Betsuin, Sacramento, California, July 6 to 12. For 12 years the Tibetan nuns project has been sponsoring a month-long debating session hosted by participating nunneries in India on a rotating basis. Training in debate, long prac- ticed by Tibetan monks, culti- vates logical thinking and helps develop mastery of the complex philosophy of Tibetan Buddhism. Last year’s debating session was held at Jamyang Choeling, just outside of Dharamsala, in November. The Tibetan Nuns Project provides education and humanitarian aid to nearly 700 refugee nuns from Tibet and the Himalayas. It’s supported by donations and through special fund- raising efforts, such as distribution of the project’s annual calendar. Nova Scotia, June 15 to July 15. Buddhist Churches of America Youth , for youths from middle-school to college age. Daily services, workshops, and discussions to deepen the understanding of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism. Offered at Sacramento Betsuin, Sacramento, California, Tibetan has been sponsoring a month-long debating session hosted by participating nunneries in India on a rotating basis. Training in debate, long prac- ticed by Tibetan monks, culti- vates logical thinking and helps develop mastery of the complex philosophy of Tibetan Buddhism. Last year’s debating session was held at Jamyang Choeling, just outside of Dharamsala, in November. The Tibetan Nuns Project provides education and humanitarian aid to nearly 700 refugee nuns from Tibet and the Himalayas. It’s supported by donations and through special fund- raising efforts, such as distribution of the project’s annual calendar. MARCHAMELCHARLESDRUCKER