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Buddhadharma : Winter 2006
buddhadharma| 95 |winter 2006 Buddhadharma: The practitioner’s Quarterly, issn 1499-9927, published quarterly. subscriptions: $24 Us, $36 cdn, $36 intl. mailing address: 1345 spruce st., boulder, co 80302-4886. central business office: 1660 hollis st., #701, halifax, ns b3J1V7 canada. Publisher: James gimian; editor: melvin mcleod; assistant editor: Tynette deveaux. a non-profit subsidiary of shambhala international (Vajradhatu), 1345 spruce st., boulder, co 80302-4886. Total no. of copies: actual 23050, avg 23433; mailed outside-county paid subs: actual 7776, avg 8277; mailed in-county paid subs: 0; Paid dist. outside the mails including sales through dealers and other paid dist. outside UsPs: actual 10452, avg 9250; Paid dist., other classes: 0; Total paid dist.: actual 18228, avg 17527; free or nominal rate outside-county: actual 69, avg 35; free or nominal rate in-county: 0; other classes mailed through the UsPs: 0; free or nominal rate dist. outside the mail: actual 300, avg 236; Total free or nominal rate dist.: actual 369, avg 271; Total dist.: actual 18597, avg 17798; copies not dist.: actual 4453, avg 5635; Total: actual 23050, avg 23433; Percent paid: actual 98.5%, avg 98%. Not just for fans of Himalayan art, the rubin MuseuM’s sophisti- cated website, exploreart.org, is a model in design, pedagogy, and us- ability. As you explore its Gallery section, you can choose a unify- ing theme such as place, century, or object to create your own slide show from the Rubin collection. Clicking on a piece of art brings up a high-resolution image along with a menu that offers both expected and surprising information (for example, clicking on Buried Treasure highlights and explains a hidden detail). The Theatre section offers three short films that provide an overview of the Rubin’s collection and presents Himalayan art in the broader context of history and culture. You can mine the ever-multiplying findings of the pluralisM proJ- ect, a Harvard University-based research group led by award-win- ning author Dr. Diana L. Eck, at pluralism.org. The Project focuses on religious diversity in America, and its website features links to current religion-related headlines, statistics, research articles, online slide shows, and more. On the Buddhism page you’ll find a long list of links to centers, publishers, research projects, and statistics. Due to the volume of information on this site, first-time visitors will find it easier to get an overview by means of the site map, found by clicking on the New & Noteworthy banner. If you’re doing Google searches on any number of Buddhist terms, such as “abhidhamma,” “Bodhi- dharma,” or “Padmasambhava,” invariably a Wikipedia entry will score high in your list of results. Wikipedia.org is a multi- language encyclopedia with a twist – anybody can edit it, which means its more than 1.2 million English-language articles are con- stantly being revised, updated, and created anew. Its volunteer writ- ers and editors have created a fairly complete section on Buddhism that gives excellent overviews of its history, doctrine, traditions, and Buddhism’s major figures. Wikipedia has a ready supply of informa- tion, but because of its methodology, you’d be well advised to con- sult other sources too. Teens and young adults will find the buddhist churches of aMerica’s website for their youth group, bcayouth.org, worth a visit. The Ask Sensei page is an interest- ing feature that allows visitors to ask questions and read responses to previous queries. A message board fosters dialogue between peers. Visitors can also search the site to find colleges or temples that are close to home, as well as a list of internship positions, conferences, and BCA-related events. The site suffers from a dull design, and some pages refuse to open, but these are minor complaints about this helpful resource for young people. dharMa on the Web By Scott Armstrong if YoU HAve news send your information by mail, or by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org. tain conteMplatiVe higher education netWork invites faculty in Colorado to explore how contemplative practices can “enrich university research, teaching, admin- istration, and campus life.” Univer- sity of Colorado professor Peter Schneider and Naropa University professor Barbara Dilley were pre- senters at the inaugural event. Susan Burggraf, faculty director at Naropa University’s Center for Advance- ment of Contemplative Education, which is spearheading the network, says organizers are just taking the obvious next step: “There’s a grow- ing national movement among high- er-education faculty to incorporate contemplative methods of looking inward to complement other modes of inquiry in their teaching.” the Dalai Lama for four years on over 40 trips to a host of countries. In late July, his holiness sakYa triZen, head of the Tibetan Sakya lineage, journeyed to Kathmandu to perform the enthronement ceremony for the six-year-old incarnation of the sixth Tharig Rinpoche. Thou- sands lined Kathmandu streets to witness the ceremony and partake in the weeklong celebrations at Boudhanath stupa and Tharig Monastery. ■ The uniVersitY of california at irVine is offering a new ten-week public course called A History of the Dalai Lamas following the Dalai Lama’s Southern California visit. Federica Venturi, a doctoral can- didate in Tibetan studies at Indi- ana University, developed the course. She says that while every- one recognizes the Dalai Lama, few know much about him or his office: “This course will help peo- ple understand who the Dalai Lamas are and how each of them has played a significant role in influencing Tibetan culture and history.” ■ The extended cease- fire in Nepal has recently enabled more people to visit Shree Mangal Dvip School, Thrangu Rinpoche’s School for Himalayan Children in Kathmandu, including thrangu rinpoche himself. Dr. Jane Goodall also spent three days in Nepal and visited the school to discuss her Roots & Shoots pro- gram with the students. Roots & Shoots is designed to inspire youth of all ages to make a difference by caring for animals, the environ- ment, and the local community. ■ A new organization for bringing contemplative practice into higher education was launched on Sep- tember 28. The rockY Moun- danielsaTo