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Buddhadharma : Summer 2008
mahasangha news buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly summer 20 0 8 86 the BPS has had three editors for its English publications: Nya- naponika Thera (until 1984), Bhikkhu Bodhi (from 1984 to 2002), and Bhikkhu Nyanatusita (from 2005 to the present). ■ The Center for International Conflict Resolution at Columbia Univer- sity will host a weekend seminar with pemA Chödrön (below) on how to remain effective and compassionate in situations of in- tense conflict and chaos. The pro- gram, titled “Practicing Peace in Times of War,” begins with a pub- lic talk on Friday, June 6, and continues over the weekend with workshops led by Chödrön, Rich- ard Reoch, and Laura Simms. Former child soldier Ishmael Beah, author of Long Way Gone, and retired general Romeo Dal- laire, author of Shake Hands with the Devil, will be among the par- ticipants at the Saturday-night panel discussion. The seminar also marks the inauguration of Colum- bia University’s yearlong support program for activists who wish to apply these practices in their work. ■ LewiS riChmond, a Shunryu Suzuki lineage holder and founder of the Vimala Sangha in Mill Valley, California, has re- leased an original keyboard CD called Songs of Lazarus. He de- scribes the CD as a musical chron- icle of the near-fatal brain infec- tion he suffered in 1999. It’s a companion to his memoir, Heal- ing Lazarus, which was published in 2002. “[This CD] has been ten years in the making,” says Rich- mond. “Creating and performing this music helped me heal, and recover my physical and mental faculties. Everyone should have a healing song, and this is mine.” venture, based in Kandy, Sri Lan- ka, was initially intended to dis- tribute by mail a limited number of English booklets on aspects of Theravada Buddhism. But the en- terprise grew, and today BPS has more than 50 full-size books in print, ranging from basic intro- ductions to Buddhism to advanced works on the finer points of doc- trine and practice. Over the years, existence and contemplative ethos touches others in profound ways.” There are no restrictions placed on the use of the be- queathed funds, which will be distributed in installments through 2011. ■ At the annual San Fran- cisco Zen Center benefit and auc- tion event, held this year on March 29, master chef Alice Wa- ters (right), the doyenne of Cali- fornia cuisine and local food advocate, received the moSt importAnt thing AwArd, which honors Suzuki Roshi’s “lov- ing but insistent” question, “What’s the most important thing?” The award goes to indi- viduals who express the values of interconnectedness and interde- pendence “in their everyday life, in everyday situations, and who show an exemplary and unwaver- ing commitment to be of benefit to others.” Waters, author of The Art of Simple Food, has been called a tireless champion of sim- ple food, “encouraging people to know, and care about, where food comes from and how it’s raised.” ■ This year marks the 50th an- niversary of the BuddhiSt puB- LiCAtion SoCiety (BPS), found- ed by the late Nyanaponika Thera (born Siegmund Feniger in Hanau, Germany) and two Sri Lankan Buddhist laymen, A.S. Karunarat- na and Richard Abeyasekera. The ➤ apphoto/rubinMuseuMofart,DianebonDareffrubinMuseuMofartDaViDsifryLizaMattheWs a public display by Dutchman Wim hof (above) kicked off brainwave, a five-month series of events sponsored by the ruBin muSeum of Art (rMa), exploring how art, music, and meditation affect the brain. hof broke his previous world record for ice-bath immersion, stand- ing on a Manhattan street in a clear container filled with ice for 72 minutes on January 26. Dr. Kenneth Kamler monitored the event and explained the effects of the tibetan buddhist tantric practice of tummo, which hof used to control his body temperature. in other rMa news, Martin brauen (right) was recently appointed as its chief curator. Dr. brauen joins the rMa from the university of zurich, where he was a professor and senior curator of the university’s ethnographic Museum. brauen was curator of a number of acclaimed exhibitions, including “Mandala: the sacred circle in tantric buddhism,” “somewhere in bhutan: Where the Women have a say,” and “Dreamworld tibet: Western illusions.” he starts his new job at the rMa in June.