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Buddhadharma : Fall 2006
buddhadharma| 87 |fall 2006 contents 88 / air force cadet sangha ı 90 / profile: forest sangha ı 95 / dharma on the web MahaSangha News fall 2006 editor, andrea mcquillin RenshinJudyBunce The San FranciSco Zen cen- ter has named Myogen Steve Stucky (below) as its next co- abbot. He will join co-abbot Ryushin Paul Haller when Linda Ruth Cutts steps down next Feb- ruary. Stucky is one of the original members of the elders council at SFZC and received dharma trans- mission from Sojun Mel Weitsman in 1993. ■ Matthieu ricard toured U.S. cities in May to pro- mote his new book, Happiness: A Guide to Life’s Most Important Skill, which considers “happi- ness” through lenses of fiction, poetry, Western philosophy, Bud- dhism, and scientific research. Several of Buddhism’s popular leading lights joined Ricard on tour. Writer Pico Iyer spoke with Ricard in Santa Barbara. In New York, Ricard was joined in conversation by actor Richard Gere. ■ Ricard’s father, Jean- FrançoiS revel, a well-known French philosopher, author, and journalist, died in Paris on April 30. Before his father’s death, Ricard came out of retreat in Nepal to spend 10 days at his bedside. Born in 1924, Revel studied and taught philosophy before leaving the academic world to pursue journalism and writing. He wrote 30 books and was the editor of the influential political weekly L’Express for many years. In 1999, Revel and his son Ricard co-wrote The Monk and the Phi- losopher: A Father and Son Dis- cuss the Meaning of Life, which was a bestseller in France. ■ Over 450 people celebrated the 40th anniversary of rocheSter Zen center at a one-day symposium in May, convened by RZC abbot Bodhin Kjolhede (below, right). Guest speakers (left to right) Ken- neth Kraft, David Abram, Jon Kabat-Zinn, and Joan Halifax joined the Rochester sangha in celebrations at George Eastman House. Rochester Zen Center was founded by the late Roshi Philip Kapleau. ■ Dutch artist and writer Frederick Franck died at home on June 5. Franck discov- ered his passion for art during his first career as an oral surgeon and was a student of the written words of D. T. Suzuki. Franck wrote a number of books, including The Zen of Seeing (1973) and Pacem in Terris (2000), and he edited The Buddha Eye: An Anthology of the Kyoto School (1982). He described himself as “trans-reli- gious” and his sculptures of Buddha and Christ decorated the grounds of his home in War- wick, New York. Franck was 97. ■ Thanks to the karMapa celebrateS 21St birthday By Peter Volz o gyen Trinley Dorje, the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, marked his 21st birthday with celebrations June 26 and 27 at Gyuto mon- astery, his residence near Dharamsala, India. The event acknowl- edged His Holiness’ coming of age, and, as head of the Karma Kagyu school, his traditional role as a prominent spiritual teacher and leader. About 400 followers, friends, and well-wishers from 25 countries attended the festivities, including a large Chinese contingent from Bud- dhist centers in Southeast Asia. Many of the visitors made elaborate offerings, and the heads of various delegations invited His Holiness to visit and teach in their countries when he begins international travel. Representatives from the Tibetan government-in-exile extended spe- cial greetings. On his birthday, June 26, His Holiness gave a short speech thank- ing the many participants who came from all over the world to mark his birthday, saying “My birthday celebration is not a private or per- sonal event. It has been a meaningful and significant occasion for all of us, and this makes me extremely happy.” The next day he held audi- ences for the foreign visitors and gave bodhisattva vows. In January 2000, His Holiness escaped on foot from Tsurphu mon- astery in Tibet, the traditional seat of the Karma Kagyu lineage, and made his way to Nepal and then to India. At the invitation of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, he set up his temporary headquarters in Dharamsala, where he has lived for the past six years. efforts of the khyentSe Foun- dation, a nonprofit founded by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, UC Berkeley has approved a new faculty position in Tibetan Bud- dhism for fall 2008. The Khyen- tse Foundation succeeded in rais- ing $1 million to help fund the position. UC Berkeley Interim Dean of Arts, Anthony Cascardi, says the Khyentse Foundation Distinguished Professorship in Tibetan Buddhism will help pro- mote “a greater understanding of the central significance of Tibet in the history of Asia, and of Tibetan Buddhism in the history of Buddhism, generally.” The uni- versity will begin the hiring pro- cess this fall. ■ JosephsoRRentincouRtesyofwoRldwisdomcouRtestynalandaBodhi©2006RoBeRta.Ripps