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Buddhadharma : Spri 2007
spring 2007| 94 |buddhadharma mahasangha news SHaMBHala Center hosted newcomers, members, and friends (above) at a housewarming party at its new Eagle Rock location on October 21. About 20 curious new neighbors also showed up for the evening’s “What Is Bud- dhism?” introduction. ■ daWn Mountain tiBetan teMPle has signed a three-year lease on a new home, while fundraising continues for building a Tibetan- style temple in Houston. Profes- sors Anne Klein and Harvey Ar- onson founded Dawn Mountain in 1996 with the aspiration to make traditional Buddhist teach- ings, healing practices, and spiri- tual arts, primarily in the Tibetan tradition, available in the U.S.’s fourth-largest city. ■ Buddhist teacher and best-selling author laMa Surya daS (below, sec- ond from left) spoke to a crowd of nearly 150 gathered for the open- ing of an art exhibit by artist/ interior designer Alison Rose at the Peer Gallery in New York on November 8. The event benefited the Dzogchen Center in Cam- bridge, Massachusetts (founded by Surya Das), and the Services for the Underserved in New York. “Both of these organizations do unbelievable work on behalf of us all,” said Rose, “and I very proud- ly support their tireless efforts.” ■ Thirty-five-year-old MaSuMi kikuCHi (below) is the first fe- male minister in the 100-year his- tory of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism in Canada. In November, Kiku- chi served as the host minister at a British Columbia Buddhist con- vention, attended by about 200 delegates from around the prov- ince. Born at Genkoji Temple in Amagaski City, Japan, Reverend Kikuchi came to Canada in 2002 as resident minister of the Toron- to Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Church. Last year, she transferred to the Steveston Buddhist Temple in Richmond, British Columbia. ■ “Sitting in the Fire with Integrity,” a joint workshop of the Center for ConteMPlative Mind (CCM) and Zen PeaCeMaker CirCleS (ZPC), will be held in Northampton on March 3 and in New York on April 21. Margi Gregory, director of operations at ZPC, and Rose Sackey-Milligan, social justice program coordina- tor at CCM, designed the work- shop for those “working at the stress points of our society.” ■ red doorS, a 2005 film by Georgia Lee, is now available on DVD. The film tells the story of a Chinese-American patriarch T wo of America’s most important Buddhist publishers have been affected by the bankruptcy filing of distributor Advanced marketing Services. The full financial implications of the bank- ruptcy are not yet clear, but readers are urged to support their favorite Buddhist publishers by buying books directly through their websites or catalogues. Advanced marketing Services (AmS) is the parent company of Publishers Group West (PGW), which distributes books for Wisdom Publications and Parallax Press. Both are nonprofits. other PGW cli- ents that carry Buddhist authors and books include Berrett-Koehler, Rodmell, Shoemaker & hoard, and New World Library. These and about a hundred more small presses have distribution contracts with PGW, which was an autonomous company until 2002, when PGW founder Charlie Winton sold it to AmS, a corporation that buys books from large publishers and resells them to chains. After a number of years of financial and regulatory problems, AmS’s banker pulled the plug on their funding December 29, leaving PGW tied up in bankruptcy proceedings. “We intend to weather this,” says Travis masch of Parallax. But he admits the situation is difficult. most of Parallax’s and Wisdom’s revenue is generated by PGW and the money PGW owes them – four months of sales – is frozen until a court decision is made. on January 12, the bankruptcy court appointed Random house, Penguin, hachette Book Group, Grove/Atlantic, and Wisdom Publi- cations to sit on the Creditors Committee. Though the court generally appoints creditors that are owed the most money, in this case the court broke with tradition and appointed two PGW clients, Wisdom and Grove, recognizing that the interests of the large and small publishers are very different. “I’m very pleased to have been selected for the Creditors Committee and I’m sure that the concerns of the indendepent publishers will be taken seriously,” says Tim mcNeill, president of Wisdom Publications. “I’m not worried about Wisdom’s future. This is a significant challenge but I’m confident that we’ll come through this fine. one way that Buddhadharma readers can support these and other Buddhist publishers is to buy books directly from them through their catalogues or websites (www.wisdompubs.org and www.parallax.org). “That way,” says mcNeill, “the money goes directly to us and helps us keep going.” As for other things that readers can do to help, mcNeill laughs. “Pujas and prayers,” he says. his own words. Mark Epstein de- clared the play – which opened in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in November – a hit, saying that the narrative “is delivered with joy, accuracy, and freshness.” ■ A three-day festival in Bodhgaya in late December commemorated the 2,550tH anniverSary of tHe BuddHa’S MaHaParanirvana. Orga- nized by the Mahabodhi Mahavi- hara Bodhgaya Temple and the government of Bihar, the festival coincided with the Kagyu Mon- lam prayer ceremony in Bodhga- ya, presided over by the 17th Karmapa. ■ The loS angeleS ner debuted a first-person monologue portraying the life of the Buddha in his play Buddha: Triumph and Tragedy of the Great Sage. By assembling mate- rial from original texts, Brenner attempts to portray the man at the heart of Buddhist tradition in LYNDAmACKILLICANJEREmYSLAUGENWhITEmARKPATRICKCoURTESYLoNDoNBUDDhISTVIhARAmEDIAINFo@hoTmAIL.Com diStriButor BankruPtCy affeCtS BuddHiSt PuBliSHerS