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Buddhadharma : Winter 2006
winter 2006| 88 |buddhadharma October 5 with a Bodhidharma Day celebration. ■ Venerable dr. k. sri dhaMMananda died at age 87 on August 31 in Malaysia. Dhammananda, popu- larly known as Chief, was the head of the Theravada denomina- tion in Malaysia and Singapore, and his teachings are especially important within the local Eng- lish-speaking Buddhist communi- ties. Dhammananda founded the Buddhist Missionary Society (1962), the Malaysian Novitiate Program (1976) at Brickfields Temple (now known as the Bud- dhist Maha Vihara), and the mag- azine The Voice of Buddhism. “In Malaysia, there is only one icon for Buddhism, and that’s the Chief,” says Lim Kooi Fong, founder of the Buddhist Channel, a non-denominational website. In a public ceremony on September 5, Dhammananda was cremated on a 40-foot pyre. ■ grace Mc- leod, an early supporter of Jodo Shinshu in America, died in Seat- tle on August 12 at age 98. A member of Seattle Buddhist Tem- ple since 1950, McLeod wrote stories and articles about Bud- dhism, including a “Buddhist Reader” and “Dharma School Teacher’s Handbook,” which were circulated in every U.S. Jodo Shinshu temple. McLeod was in her seventies when she met the 16th Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, in Portland. “I could tell he knew me through and through,” she told the Seattle Times. McLeod became the Karmapa’s American secretary and raised money to build a nunnery in Rumtek, India, as well as for schools and projects for the sick and poor there. ■ The world’s oldest and tallest wooden pagoda, the shakYaMuni pagoda in ©www.jeffooi.com China’s northern Shanxi province, has celebrated its 950th birthday. In a grand celebration on Septem- ber 5 attended by more than 30,000 people, a seven-ton bell was rung 108 times and 3,000 peace doves were released. The 67.31-meter pagoda is a remark- able example of the durability of ancient China’s construction and carpentry techniques, which have withstood both earthquakes and the passing centuries. Unfortu- nately, the pagoda is now tilting and cracked, and experts are baf- fledbyhowbesttofixit.■The fifth annual two-day buddhist bicYcle pilgriMage, a.k.a. Turning Our Wheels For the Dharma, took place September 30 to October 1 in California. The weekend began with a 6:30 a.m. ceremony at Spirit Rock Medita- tion Center before Saturday’s hilly 96-mile trek from West Marin into Sonoma County. The 52-mile second day included an early morning meditation and a vege- tarian lunch stop at the City of 10,000 Buddhas, before it ended with a closing ceremony at Abhaya- giri Monastery. The event runs on dana, with any extra proceeds donated to the three host centers. ■ Popular author and speaker peMa chödrön made a guest appearance on Bill Moyers’ PBS series Faith and Reason on Au- gust 4. The American Buddhist nun discussed the teachings of Shantideva and the importance of working with negativity, uncer- tainty, and ambiguity. Watch the complete interview at www.pbs. org/moyers/faithandreason/por- traits.html. ■ An exhibit featur- ing 150 of the most beautiful and important Asian artworks col- lected by three generations of Rockefellers helped mark the 50th anniversary of the asia soci- etY this summer. A Passion for Asia: The Rockefeller Family Col- lects wrapped up in September, but the Asia Society’s 50th-anni- versary gala celebration will take place on December 6 at the Wal- dorf-Astoria in New York. The Asia Society was founded in 1956 by John D. Rockefeller III and his wife, Blanchette, to promote a greater knowledge and under- standing of Asia. ■ An hour-long documentary on 35-year-old Dhar- ma Punx author noah leVine’s journey from a self-destructive adolescent to a spiritually engaged and community-minded teacher is r esearchers at a cancer-treatment center in Texas have been awarded a $2.4 -million grant from the national cancer institute to study the effectiveness of Tibetan yoga on breast cancer patients. awarded to dr. lorenzo cohen and dr. alejandro chaoul-reich of the University of Texas m.d . anderson cancer center in houston, the grant will fund a five-year study in which breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy will be randomly placed in one of three subject groups: one participating in Tibetan yoga, one participat- ing in regular stretching exercises, or one receiving standard care. researchers will monitor patients throughout their treatment to measure what effect, if any, Tibetan yoga has on them. dr. chaoul-reich, a mind and body intervention specialist at m.d. anderson, says that chemotherapy patients can experience a number of negative side effects, such as sleep loss and anxiety. researchers hope this study will provide evidence to suggest that Tibetan yoga, particularly the tsa lung practice, can help resolve some of these problems. “if past stud- ies are any indication, we can expect an improve- ment in sleep and an improvement in quality of life in general, including less anxiety and less intrusive thoughts,” says chaoul-reich. chaoul-reich and cohen collaborated on a similar study in 2004 that examined the effects of Tibetan yoga on lymphoma patients. The research, published in the journal Cancer, found that patients who prac- ticed Tibetan yoga showed significant improvements in sleep. The upcoming study will follow a larger group of about 300 patients, a size that has both advantages and disadvantages. “because it is a large study, it has a greater possibility of proving the differences between one [study] group and the other,” says dr. chaoul- reich. “The downside is that we will have to wait five years until we publish anything.” dr. chaoul-reich teaches both the tsa lung and trul khor practices from the bon tradition; his own teacher, Tenzin wangyal rinpoche, will serve as a study advisor. researchers hope to begin recruiting for the study by the end of the year. $2.4-Million grant to studY effects of tibetan Yoga on cancer treatMent By Scott Armstrong Turning Ou rWheelsForth eD harma Alejandro Chaoul-Reich, Ph.D., demonstrating Tibetan yoga. mikesexTonblUeloTUsfilmsJUneryUshinTanoUeMuSeuMprojeCT#125,ThenirvAnASerieS,2001©aTTakim