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Buddhadharma : Summer 2008
mahasangha news buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly summer 20 0 8 88 held in Denver from August 29 to 31. Participants are invited “to explore how women from differ- ent Buddhist traditions are help- ing to shape the face of American Buddhism,” and it will offer such panel discussions as “The Eight- fold Path and the Kitchen Sink.” Scheduled speakers include Lu- cinda Green, Judith Simmer- Brown, David Matsumoto, Tenzin Kacho, and Bishop Koshin Ogui. ■ JuLeS Shuzen hArriS (be- low, right), the founder and head teacher of the Soji Zen Center in Philadelphia, received shiho, or dharma transmission, in Decem- ber from pAt enKyo o’hArA (above, left), who leads the Village Zendo in Manhattan. Harris is now an authorized teacher in the White Plum Asanga and Zen Peacemaker Order. ■ SuSAn Ji on poStAL also received shiho from her teacher, dArLene Co- hen, in January. Postal first stud- ied Buddhism in the Tibetan tradi- tion in the 1970s before becoming a student of Soto Zen in the tradi- tion of Suzuki Roshi in the early 1980s. ■ In February, the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Mas- sachusetts, held a retreat for cog- nitive therapists and professionals who teach mindfulness-based stress reduction. The teaching trio (below, left to right) of Jon KA- BAt-zinn, ChriStinA feLd- mAn, and John teASdALe drew nearly 100 clinicians, researchers, and educators for the eight-day program. ■ The dzogChen Shri SinghA foundAtion is offering an intensive six-month training retreat/internship at its center in Eugene, Oregon, from July, 2008, to January, 2009. Un- der the guidance of Khenpo Cho- ga Rinpoche, students will follow a full-time schedule of practice and study designed to help stu- dents become Dzogchen tutors, guides, and teachers. The tuition is free, but students are asked to contribute $6,000 toward food, lodging, and the operating ex- penses of the retreat center. Space for the program is limited. Find out more by visiting dzogchenlin- eage.org/internship. ■ This spring, knitters on the West Coast picked up their needles to complete 250 hats for nuns in and around Lhasa. The hats will be hand delivered during a future trip to Tibet and are still being accepted. Check out the Knitting for nunS web- site for all the details, including a free pattern and yarn suggestions: http://mysite.verizon.net/reso5cyd/ hatsfornuns. ■ Buddhist Cellist CLAudio Bohorquez per- formed two intimate concerts in New York in March to benefit the making of the documentary film Naked Mind: Buddhism Across Cultures. The first concert, held at Tibet House, was followed by a Q&A with Bohorquez and film- maker Sarah Barab. Following the second concert, Frank Berliner, a professor of Buddhist psychology at Naropa University, gave a dhar- ma talk, and Lama Phurbu Tashi, who is featured in the film, discuss- ed his escape from Tibet at age 18. ■ Cambodian photojournal- ist and activist dith prAn (be- low), whose life was featured in the film The Killing Fields, died on March 30. Pran partnered with New York Times journalist Syd- ney Schanberg to report on the brutalities of the Khmer Rouge in his native Cambodia in 1974. Af- ter escaping a Khmer Rouge labor camp in 1978, he settled in the U.S. and worked as a photojour- nalist for the New York Times. Dith was a devout Buddhist who spoke philosophically about the pancreatic cancer that he eventu- ally succumbed to: “Cambodians believe we just rent this body. It is just a house for the spirit, and if the house is full of termites, it is time to leave.” ■ If you’ve been looking for a reason to visit Mon- golia, consider attending SAKyA- dhitA’s 10th annual international conference on Buddhist women from July 1 to 5. This year’s venue is Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia’s capi- tal and largest city, originally founded in 1693 as a Buddhist monastic center. The conference theme is “Buddhism in Transi- tion.” It will address topics such as the challenges of multicultural- ism, breaking with tradition, the future of monasticism, engaging the younger generation, and more. Following the conference, partici- pants can take part in a two-day trip to Erdenzuu Monastery or a ten-day trip to the Buryat Repub- lic of Russia. For more informa- tion, see the Sakyadhita website, sakyadhita.org. ■ If you can’t venture that far, the Institute of Buddhist Studies in Berkeley (a Shin-affiliated graduate school) and the Tri-State Denver Buddhist Temples are teaming up to host a conference on women in Amer- iCAn BuddhiSm that will be ➤ heartcircLesanghaa.JesseJiryuDaVistheneWyorKtiMes/reDuxLibbyVigeon this year’s women And engAged BuddhiSm AwArd (Weba) goes to sensei Joan hoeberichts (left), who leads the heart circle sangha, an inter- faith zen community in ridgewood, new Jersey, and charika Marasinghe (right), who works with sarvodaya, a well-known buddhist charitable organization in sri Lanka. the award recognizes their work in creating the psycho-spiritual healing project, which trains sri Lankan counselors in grief and trauma therapy and supports survivors of the 2004 tsunami, for whom there have been scant mental health resources available. today there are sarvodaya-sponsored therapists serv- ing villagers in all regions of sri Lanka. the Weba award was presented at the third annual buddhist Women’s conference on March 8 in evanston, illinois. Judith simmer-brown, author of Dakini’s Warm Breath: The Feminine Principle in Tibetan Buddhism, gave the keynote address.