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Buddhadharma : Fall 2006
new building is positively pala- tial – it includes an office/confer- ence room, dokusan room, kitchen, and meditation hall. ■ Since 1989, providence Zen center has held a series of yearly Christian-Buddhist retreats. This year’s final retreat is scheduled for September 16. Zen Master Dae Kwang (above, left), abbot of the Kwan Um school of Zen, and Father Kevin Hunt (above, right), a sensei and also a monk of St. Joseph’s Abbey in Spencer, Massachusetts, will co-lead the retreat. The aim of the retreats is to “bring contemplative prayer and meditation into the practitioner’s daily spiritual life,” and they typically draw about 30 people, among them a number of Christian ministers and nuns. ■ The new york buddhiSt church is organizing a 14-day pilgrimage to India in late fall. Sensei T. K. Nakagaki will lead the tour, which will include visits to Bodhagaya, where the Buddha became enlightened; Sarnath, where he taught his first five dis- ciples; the Ajanta caves, home to numerous Buddhist artifacts; and Nalanda, site of the world’s larg- est Buddhist educational institu- tion for nearly 400 years. Before the tour leaves New York on November 24, the NYBC will hold three preparatory special study sessions.■ traleg kyab- gon rinpoche will join ken wilber in conversation Septem- ber 8 and 9 at the New York Soci- ety for Ethical Culture in New York City. The program opens on Friday evening with a public talk, then Traleg Rinpoche and Wilber will make individual presenta- tions on Saturday morning, fol- lowed by an open discussion with the audience. The event coincides with the release of Wilber’s new book, Integral Spirituality: A Startling New Role for Religion in the Modern and Postmodern World. Tibet House will host a reception and book-signing after the discussion on Saturday. ■ Close to 600 Buddhist leaders, academics, monks, and nuns con- vened in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet- nam, for an international confer- ence called buddhiSM in the new era, July 14 to 16. Partici- pants from North America, Asia, Europe, and Australia came to the Vietnam Buddhist Research Insti- tute to discuss the relationships among the Buddhist schools, the globalization of Western psychol- ogy, and Buddhist expansion in Europe. ■ The Bhavana Society in West Virginia hosted the 12th weStern buddhiSt MonaS- tic gathering (below) at the end of June. The annual meeting is open to monastics from all Bud- dhist traditions who follow tradi- tional vows and are living in North America. Reverend Mieko, prior of Portland Buddhist Priory, and Bhikkhu Khemaratana, resi- dent bhikkhu at the Bhavana Society, coordinated the event. ■ naropa univerSity hosted over 350 people for a conference on Buddhism and psychotherapy in May, marking more than 30 years of teaching in the field of contemplative psychotherapy. Dr. Mark Epstein, Gay Watson (above), Harvey Aronson, and Karen Kissel Wegela were among the noted speakers. Naropa’s con- templative psychotherapy program was founded in 1975 by Chögyam Trungpa. Looking ahead, Naropa University will host a three-day conference on the legacy of Chög- yam Trungpa from October 20 to 22. It’s the first of what the uni- versity hopes will be an annual gathering to examine the work and influence of the late Tibetan teacher. Conference speakers include Chögyam Trungpa’s wife Diana Mukpo, Judith Lief, Caro- lyn Gimian, and Judith Sim- mer-Brown. ■ The garriSon inStitute will host three Bud- dhist retreats this fall, starting with Kyabje Gehlek Rinpoche’s “Living the Challenge: A Pathway to Sustaining Compassion for Professionals,” October 5 to 10. Tsoknyi Rinpoche arrives Novem- ber 4 to lead a seven-day program on “Dzogchen and the Nature of Mind,” and Sylvia Boorstein and Sharon Salzberg will present “Lovingkindness Meditation: The Universal Prayer of the World,” November 16 to 19. ■ “To trans- form the world into one of peace and happiness,” says Khenchen Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, “one should perform the dance of the noble liberator Tara, the female Buddha.” This fall, Rinpoche’s dance instructor, alexandra kalinine, will visit Hartford (September 5–9), Halifax (Octo- ber 7–8), and Seattle (December 2–10) to give public instruction in this traditional dance, which requires no previous experience and is open to men and women of all ages and physical conditions. “Dancing in this context is not about a dance performance,” says Kalinine,“it is about being genu- ine. We renounce everything that is a barrier between us and others, and just be ourselves, while serv- J.w.haRRinGton©chRistopheRdonatoBRianBuRKeclaudeoechselRasaBahls fall 2006| 94 |buddhadharma