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Buddhadharma : Winter 2006
buddhadharma| 89 |winter 2006 ➤ continued page 93 in the works. Levine was a trou- bled youth and substance abuser who got into trouble with the law. Today he blends punk and Bud- dhism to bring a meditative mes- sage to youth in juvenile halls and high-security prisons around the country. Blue Lotus Films is rais- ing funds to complete post-pro- duction on Meditate and Destroy, which they hope to screen at film festivals across the U.S. in 2007 before general release. ■ The New York Musical Theatre Festival offered a Buddhist side dish this fall with the premier of JourneY to the West, a musical that fea- tured elements of Peking opera, kabuki, martial arts, puppetry, and acrobatics. Creators Richard Oberacker and Robert Taylor re- interpret the story of Xuanzang, the Chinese monk who brought the Buddhist teachings to China from India. Download the cast recording at www.journeytothe westthemusical.com. ■ South Korean photographer atta kiM’s New York solo debut, the ON- AIR Project, at the International Center of Photography in New York, earned rave reviews this summer. The show included works from Kim’s Nirvana Series (below), with live models posing as bodhi- sattvas and tantric deities set in temples and outdoors. Although Kim is careful to assert that he is not a practicing Buddhist, Bud- dhist concepts clearly shape his work. His large-scale, visually spectacular color photographs are often executed by extended expo- sures, sometimes as long as eight hours. They explore fundamental questions about the nature of time and perception. ■ Olympia Zen Center in Washington State dedi- cated gogo-an West, a replica of the 19th-century Japanese Zen poet-hermit Ryokan’s hermitage, known as Five Rice Bowl Hermit- age, on September 9. Builder Judy Fleming crafted the replica from photos and archival materials. Abbot Eido Frances Carney and Unsui Shisen Fletcher Ward con- ducted the dedication ceremony. The structure will be used for soli- tary spiritual and artistic practice. ■ The Zen coMMunitY of oak park in Hawaii (a White Plum Asanga affiliate) ordained Susie Reiju Dorian (seated below) as a Zen priest on October 29 at the end of a five-day sesshin. It was the Hawaiian group’s first ordination and was conducted by Sensei Robert Joshin Althouse. ■ This fall prominent Buddhist studies scholar charles pre- bish began his new position as the Charles Redd Endowed Chair in Religious Studies at Utah State University. The university received a $1.5-million gift from the Charles E. Redd Foundation to create a position around which a new reli- gious studies program will be built. Charles and Annaley Redd are well-known Utah ranchers and philanthropists. Prebish recently retired from Penn State University where he taught for 35 years. ■ The 17th Karmapa, Orgyen Trin- ley Dorje (below), will preside over the 24th annual kagYu Mon- laM, a seven-day prayer ceremo- ny for members of the Kagyu sect that will take place in Bodhgaya, starting December 27. This year’s ceremony will conclude with the opening of the Tergar Insti- tute, an educa- tional center for students of Buddhism from around the world that was built under the guidance of Yongey Ming- yur Rinpoche (left), the young- est son of the late Tulku Urg- yen Rinpoche. ■ This sum- mer the Uni- versity of Oregon hosted the second in a series of interna- tional conferences on buddhisM and psYcho- therapY, drawing scholars from Japan and North America who represent several streams of Buddhist practice and culture. More than 200 attended the con- ference’s plenary session with key- note speaker Jan Chozen Bays, abbot of Great Vow Zen Monas- tery. Boston University hosted the first conference in 2004, and the papers presented there were re- cently published in Buddhism and Psychotherapy Across Cultures, edited by Mark Unno (reviewed in the Fall 2006 issue of Buddhad- harma). ■ This fall, rangJung Thich Nhat Hanh and His Holiness the Dalai Lama (above) were on hand for an invitation-only luncheon to launch the World Peace Through Cinema initiative in Los Angeles on September 11. The ini- tiative will create a series of Hollywood films, starting with Buddha, based on Thich Nhat Hanh’s classic book about the Buddha’s life, Old Path White Cloud (Parallax Press, 1991). M Films will produce Bud- dha, and the company has already signed Hollywood producer Michael Shane (I, Robot and Catch Me if You Can) and screenwriter David S. Ward (The Sting and Sleepless in Seattle) to the project. This year marks a number of important anniversaries for Thich Nhat Hanh and his community. Forty years ago, at the height of the Vietnam War, Thich Nhat Hanh (or Thay, as his students call him) established the Order of Interbeing, and this year Parallax Press, Thich Nhat Hanh’s premier publisher, celebrates its 20th year. Thich Nhat Hanh himself turned 80 on October 11. mingyUrrinPochebymarVinmoorealexberlinerblUeloTUsfilmsJUneryUshinTanoUeMuSeuMprojeCT#125,ThenirvAnASerieS,2001©aTTakimxViikarmaPacoUrTesyofkagyUmonlaminTernaTional