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Buddhadharma : Spri 2007
buddhadharma| 93 |spring 2007 mahasangha news ■ The New York Public Library was recently the site of a stunning display of Japanese ehon (illus- trated books). eHon: tHe art iSt and tHe Book in jaPan highlighted the library’s world- renowned holdings of Japanese books, woodblock prints, and manuscripts. Most early ehon were Buddhist sutras bound as accordion books or hand scrolls (illustrated above). In association with the University of Washing- ton Press, the library published an exhibition catalogue. The col- lection is still accessible even though the exhibition is over. ■ In October, Spirit Rock Medita- tion Center and the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health launched the MindfulneSS yoga and Meditation training Pro graM, an 18-month program for yoga teachers and experienced yoga students. The program of- fers a series of three ten-day re- treats weaving together vipassana meditation, yoga, private inter- views with teachers, and dharma talks exploring the interface be- tween yogic and Buddhist philos- ophies and practices. Jack Korn- field (author of A Path with Heart), Diana Winston (director of UCLA’s Mindfulness Aware- ness Research Center), Sarah Pow- ers (insight yoga teacher), Frank Jude Boccio (author of Mindful- ness Yoga), Judith Lasater (author of Relax and Renew), and Stephen Cope (author of The Wisdom of Yoga) will be among those who will be leading the retreats. ■ kirti tSenSHaB rinPoCHe died at age 80 on December 16 in South Delhi, India, after a lengthy battle with liver cancer. Kirti Rinpoche escaped from Tibet in 1959 and was a holder of the Kala- chakra lineage, and a teacher of Lama Zopa Rinpoche. ■ In Sep- tember, Zen Master Wu Bong (Jacob Perl), head teacher for the kWan uM SCHool of Zen of euroPe, gave dharma transmis- sion to Bon Shim (Aleksandra Porter). Zen Master Bon Shim (above) guides several of Poland’s Kwan Um Zen centers and teach- es throughout eastern and west- ern Europe. She became a student of the late Zen Master Seung Sahn during his first visit to Poland in 1978. ■ tHe Center for MindfulneSS in MediCine, HealtH Care, & SoCiety at the University of Massachusetts Medical School will hold its fifth annual international conference from March 29 to April 1 in Worcester. Clinicians, researchers, and educators are invited for a one-day preconference medita- tion program with Saki Santorelli, director of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massa- chusetts Memorial Medical Cen- ter. ■ Although there has been little good news from Afghani- stan lately, a Japanese news agency did report the recent recovery of a fragment of a Buddhist sutra inside one of the two giant BaMi yan BuddHaS destroyed in 2001 by Taliban Islamic extrem- ists. The fragment, written on pieces of birchbark in sixth- century script, is believed to be an original Sanskrit document. Fittingly, the report identifies the scroll’s teaching as a beginning section of a sutra on imperma- nence. ■ riCHard davidSon (below), the director of the Wais- man Laboratory for Brain Imag- ing and Behavior at the Universi- ty of Wisconsin at Madison, has become the first recipient of the Mani Bhaumik Award for his work on the neuroplasticity of the brain. Davidson’s best-known work used brain scans of Tibetan monks to provide evidence that emotions such as love and com- passion can be learned. The Mani Bhaumik Award was established in 2006 to support international scientists who advance the under- standing of the brain and the conscious mind in healing through research, books, and ed- ucation. Bhaumik is the coinven- tor of LASIK surgery and funds the annual $10,000 award through the Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology at UCLA. ■ Sravasti Abbey in Seattle ordained its first monastic in Octo- ber. Jan Howell took novice ordi- nation in a ceremony officiated by three visiting Chinese bhikshunis and Sravasti Abbey founder tHuBten CHodron. October 2 was an auspicious day for the ab- bey’s first ordination, said Cho- dron. It was tsok day, Yom Kippur, the first day of Ramadan, and the anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth. ■ In October, international- ly recognized video-art pioneer Bill viola (above) was awarded the Order of Arts and Letters by the Consul General of France in Los Angeles. Viola’s works focus on universal human experiences – birth, death, the unfolding of cons- ciousness – and have roots in both Eastern and Western art and spiri- tual traditions that include Zen Buddhism, Islamic Sufism, and Christian mysticism. Viola’s instal- lations are total environments that envelop the viewer in image and sound, employing state-of-the-art technologies and distinguished by precision and simplicity. ■ The BuddHiSt PeaCe felloW SHiP is accepting applications for a full-time executive director until the end of February. Applicants should have a minimum of five years’ expe- rience in nonprofit management and experience in development, supervision, community activism, public speaking, and working with nonprofit boards. To apply, send a cover letter and resumé by e-mail to email@example.com. ■ The oldeSt Canadian SHin teMPle – Raymond Buddhist Temple in Raymond, Alberta – closed in 2006. The Toronto Bud- dhist Church (affiliated with Bud- dhist Churches of Canada) report- ed that there were too few temple members to maintain the building. Its closure leaves six BCC temples in Alberta and 11 others in the rest of Canada. ■ evan Bren CoURTESYoFThENEWYoRKPUBLICLIBRARYCoURTESYFPmTPRzEmYSLAWKRYSKAJEFFmILLER/UNIVERSITYoFWISCoNSIN–mADISoNDARINmoRAN ➤ continued from page 89