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Buddhadharma : Fall 2006
buddhadharma| 89 |fall 2006 ➤ continued page 93 tour, starting in Los Angeles with a three-day stop, September 12 to 14. Traveling east, His Holiness will give public talks in Denver on September 17, and in Buffalo on September 19. His final stop will be New York City, September 23 to 25, where he’ll lead a three-day teaching (already sold-out) on the “Blade Wheel of Mind Transfor- mation” by Dharmarakshita. ■ FearleSS Mountain, a docu- mentary about Abhayagiri Mon- astery in Redwood, California, had its first screening in June at an open house celebrating the mon- astery’s tenth anniversary. Direc- tor Tony Anthony was inspired to make the film after he visited Abhayagiri on a cold night and observed the monks’ serenity as they meditated, unfazed by the chilly temperatures. He wanted to capture that concentration on film. Together with his son Andrew, he spent a year and a half working on the hour-long film. You can watch the trailer at www.fearless- mountainfilm.com. ■ The Rubin Museum of Art screened scenes from a new film by bari pearl- Man in May called Daughters of Wisdom. The documentary is about a monastery in northeast- ern Tibet called Kala Rongo, where nuns receive religious and educational training that has tra- ditionally been available only to men. Pearlman traveled there with Kala Rongo founder Lama Norlha Rinpoche in the summer of 2004 to document the unique spiritual community that Pearlman says “couldn’t have existed 20 years ago.” Feminist Buddhist scholars Rita Gross, Jan Willis, and Bar- bara Nimri Aziz joined Pearlman for a panel discussion following the screening in New York. Check www.daughtersofwisdom.com to find out when the film will be released in your area. ■ One of the seven winners of the largest Powerball jackpot in history donated a portion of his winnings to help his Buddhist center build a new temple. Quang Dao, a long- time member of the linh Quang buddhiSt center in Lincoln, Nebraska, gave $400,000 to initi- ate construction of a new temple. In February, Dao and seven col- leagues, who work at a food pro- cessing plant, discovered they shared a winning ticket worth $365 million. It didn’t take long for Dao to pass along some of his good fortune: the ground-breaking ceremony for the new temple took place May 13, coinciding with a celebration of the Buddha’s birth- day. ■ The new Jodo ShinShu center in Berkeley will open its doors with a full weekend of activities this fall. On Friday, October 20, the Institute of Bud- dhist Studies, an affiliate of the Graduate Theological Union, will hold a scholars’ symposium on nembutsu practice that will dis- cuss various practices directed to Amitabha and Sukhavati. On Sat- urday, the center’s ceremonial dedication will be followed by an open house and Chigo procession, in which children dressed as celes- tial beings will parade on the grounds. In conjunction with the dedication of the new Jodo Shin- shu Center, the Buddhist Churches of America will host an inter- tradition meeting of American Buddhist leaders. Robert Thur- man will be the keynote speaker at Saturday evening’s “Gathering of 21st-Century Buddhists.” ■ karMe choling Meditation Center near Barnet, Vermont, was battered by a major midday storm that sent guests scurrying for cover during its annual July fam- three-day FeStival MarkS ShaMbhala wedding By Andrea McQuillin o n a cold, rainy day in early June, sakyong mipham Rinpoche, son of the late chögyam trungpa Rinpoche, wed sema tseyang palmo Ripa, the youngest daughter of namkha drimed Rabjam Rinpoche, in a three-day festival dubbed “Blossoming of the sun.” sakyong mipham is the spiritual head of shambhala international, the organization founded by his father, who was a major figure in the transmission of Buddhism to the west. the bride’s father is the head of the Ripa lineage in the nyingma tradition and a terton who specializes in the teachings of Gesar of ling, the enlightened warrior-king of tibet. sakyong mipham, 43, is an author, poet, calligrapher, and mara- thon runner whose early education took place largely in north america. sema tseyang, who is in her twenties, had a traditional upbringing in asia, where her family is responsible for large monastic institutions in tibet, nepal, and india. fluent in five languages, tseyang was a principal dancer with the lingdro association of india. over 1,300 guests, including dignitaries and officials, attended the saturday afternoon wedding ceremony in halifax, nova scotia, which was presided over by diana mukpo, wife of the groom’s late father. the celebration included a public lhasang purification ceremony held in a 250-year-old military fortress at the center of the city, and a Gesar empowerment by the bride’s father at a converted dockside warehouse. Guests were also invited to a pop music show and a golf tournament. the whirlwind courtship has had an extended series of nuptials. sakyong mipham and tseyang met in february 2005 at a monastery in mysore, india, and were engaged during a second meeting in new york two months later. last august, the couple had a civil wedding service in colorado. a third wedding reception and celebration hosted by the Ripa family will take place in india in early 2006. ily camp program. About 200 people were at the center when the storm hit, blowing trees and tents down, knocking out power, and depositing four inches of hail on the ground. “The tents were flattened in about five seconds,” said Montreal resident Louis Kir- ouac, one of the family camp par- ticipants. Four guests were taken to hospital, where they were treated for minor injuries. ■ Work on what is hailed as the largest Buddhist temple in Europe is now complete. The golden teMple in Elista, the capital city of the Russian Republic of Kalmykia, is set to fully open this summer. Kalmykia, located along the Caspian Sea, is the only state in Europe where Buddhism is the dominant religion. At the sugges- tion of the Dalai Lama, who blessed the site during a 2004 visit, the Golden Temple features 17 statues of Nalanda scholars. It amywellnitztaKaneeshimaBaRipeaRlmanmaRVinmooRe