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Buddhadharma : Winter 2008
mahasangha news 91 winter 2 00 8 buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly which offers news, Buddhist prac- tice advice, and travelogues from traditionally Buddhist countries, and invites contributions from members and subscribers. Cady Holtkamp (below) is taking on the executive director responsibili- ties at Tara Mandala, moving from her previous position as director of finance. Before she started at Tara Mandala, Holt- kamp cofounded and directed the Just 4 Kids Art Center, a nation- ally recognized community-out- reach program for underprivileged youth in her native Key West, Florida. Following two years of study, the first graduates of the Bright Dawn institute for Amer- ican Buddhism were inducted as lay Buddhist ministers in ceremo- nies conducted at the Bright Dawn Homestead retreat center near Plymouth, Wisconsin. Classes for the non-residential program are conducted via conference call by Reverend Koyo Kubose (below, center), allowing participants as far away as Hawaii and Brazil to study the history of Buddhism in America and the different schools of Buddhism. The curriculum also includes the study of naikan, the sutras and koans. The first gradu- ates of the program were Andrew Agacki (below, left), John Wylder (below, right), and Ricardo Sasaki. if you have newS Send your information by mail or by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org meditation master, Pa auk Saya daw (below), taught at IMS’s For- est Refuge in Barre this past sum- mer and fall, offering instruction in developing the jhanas, states of strong concentration. Members of the Burmese community trav- eled from across the U.S. to pay their respects to this revered teacher. Khenpo Kunga Wangchuk (above, left, with Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, right, at the opening of the new Dzongsar Institute in 2004), the abbot of Dzongsar Institute, passed away in Bir, India, on May 26 at the age of 88. Khenpo Kunga was imprisoned by the chinese for 23 years and on his release received two letters from Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche (his root lama’s reincarna- tion), asking him to come teach in Sikkim, India, which he did. In 1985, when Dzongsar Khyentse founded the Dzongsar Institute in Bir, he appointed Khenpo Kunga as head abbot. In 2004, the monastery moved to nearby chauntra, where it now has a large temple and more than 250 rooms for the resident monks. BuT-SouLaI,www.BuTSou.coM In November, Zen teacher John Tarrant taught a weekend program on meditation and cre- ativity at The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche’s Nalanda West center in Seattle. In discussing the rela- tionship between koan practice and creativity, Tarrant explained that koans “allow us to live down a level, in touch with the depth of life, before we explain the world. This is how creative leaps occur.” The feature-length documen- tary Dalai Lama Renaissance was a highlight at the Peace on earth film festival in Chicago at the end of August. The film, narrated by Harrison Ford, chronicles the Dalai Lama’s invitation to 40 of the West’s most innovative think- ers to meet with him at his resi- dence to discuss how to solve the world’s problems. Vegan Aha- ronian, a Russian who lives in New York and works at the UN, traveled in July to Moscow to teach an introductory Shamb halastyle weekend meditation program. Most participants were fairly new to Buddhism and medi- tation, and many said they appre- ciated that the instruction was delivered in Russian, rather than through an interpreter. Mem- bers of the lindisfarne fellow ship, a creative collective founded by the American writer William Irwin Thompson in 1972, met at Upaya Zen Center in July. Thirty fellows, including poets Wendell Berry and Jane Hirschfield, scien- tists Stuart Kauffman, Amory Lovins, David Finklestein, and Lynne Margolis attended the closed meetings, followed by a $500-a -plate fundraising dinner and evening of cultural exchange that included physicist Arthur Zajonc and UZC founder Joan Halifax.The renowned Burmese Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly, ISSn 1499-9927, published quarterly. Subscriptions: $28 uS, $36 cDn, $39 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. 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