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Buddhadharma : Summer 2008
mAhASAnghA newS 91 summer 2 00 8 buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly ceremony to bestow the title of priest on (above, left to right) Ko- Jun and dAitetSu huLL and acknowledge their increased lead- ership role in the community. ■ The China Standard Software Corporation (CSCC) and Tibet University jointly developed a tiBetAn-LAnguAge offiCe- SoftwAre pACKAge to replace Microsoft Office (with Tibetan- language plug-ins) for Tibetan regions. The cryptically named “Neo-Shine Tibet Office 3.0” will soon be loaded onto school com- puters in Lhasa. of Turning the Mind Into an Ally, will teach at Shambhala medita- tion centers in several North American cities, including Wash- ington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadel- phia, Atlanta, Chicago, Berkeley, Vancouver, and Boulder, during the month of July. Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche, with the help of his Eu- ropean, Asian, and North Ameri- can students, has been active in projects to improve the well-being of Tibetan settlers in Orissa, in- cluding a water project that pro- vides clean, purified water to ap- proximately 4,000 families. ■ SAndy BouCher (below, left) and mArthA BoeSing (below, right) led a New Year’s retreat for women at Great Vow Monastery in Clatskanie, Oregon. The retreat included meditation, mindful si- lence, dance movement, song, theatre exercises, and writing. Participants rang in the New Year with a joyful celebration and the traditional Zen practice of ringing the bell 108 times. In February, Great Vow held a dharma holder courtesygreatVoWMonasterytoMDiMauroDruKpapubLications(WWW.DruKpa.coM) SEEING CLEARLY may require more than a single view. Buddhadharma offers the best Buddhist teachings available from a wide variety of traditions – Theravada, Zen, Vajrayana and others. Deepen your understanding, enhance your practice, and keep in touch with the wider Buddhist community. Try a one-year (four issues) subscription at the introductory price of $19.95 (US). Get a FULL REFUND if you’re not satisfied with your first issue. call TOll-FREE 1-877-786-1950 Fax: 1-902-423-2701 www.thebuddhadharma.com Introductory pricing for one year (four issues): US $19.95, Canada CDN$29.95, international US$29.95 VISa or Mastercard Buddhadharma The PracT i T ioner’s QuarT erly Many Buddhists, One Buddhadharma Get a FULL REFUND if you’re not satisfied with your first issue. -FREE 1-877-786-1950 : 1-902-423-2701 www.thebuddhadharma.com Introductory pricing for one year (four issues): US $19.95, Canada CDN$29.95, international US$29.95 or Mastercard dhdhd The End-of-Life Care Practitioner Program Creating aNational Networkof Educators, Advocates andGuides NATIONAL CALL FOR CANDIDATES Course begins January 2009 in theSan FranciscoBay Area. Sixresidential sessions. Limitedto30participants. Unique year-long course with six residential retreats emphasizingpersonal andprofessional development,spiritual practice and innovative approaches forimproving care of thedying. Info and application: www.mettainstitute.org 415 331 9600 Studywith Outstanding Leaders Angles Arrien Ram Dass NormanFischer Charles Garfield Rabbi Alan Lew FrankOstaseski Rachel NaomiRemen Ange Stephens FrancesVaughan Being a Compassionate Companion New 6-day Residential Training July 18 – 23, 2008 Formerly theAlaya Institute venerABLe tenzin pALmo (above) received the title of Jetsunma, or “venerable master,” from his holiness the 12th gyalwang Drukpa, the head of the Drukpa lineage. she is the first Western woman to receive this title. the honorific, bestowed at a ceremony in Kathmandu on february 16, recognizes palmo’s spiritual achievements and her efforts in promoting the status of female practitioners in tibetan buddhism. palmo was born in London but left at age 20 to study buddhism in india. her remarkable 12-year retreat in the indian himalayas is chronicled in Vicki Mackenzie’s Cave in the Snow. iF You have news send your information by mail or by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org