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SPRING 2008

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year of the ratFebruary 2
The Year of the Rat Celebration
The Year of the Rat presentations are free to everyone. Hosted by the Taiwanese American Association on Long Island with Tzu Chi Foundation, The Little Dragons Chinese Language Program, Huntington Intermediate School, and Woodhull Intermediate School. Download flier. Admission: Adults $10; students & kids $5; children under 5 admitted free.

2:00–5: 00 pm: Cultural Presentations, Discover Taiwan, Arts & Crafts, Chinese Calligraphy, Origami and more
5:00–7: 00 pm: Showtime
7:00–10:00 pm: Dinner

Saturday, February 2, 2:00–10:00 pm, Zodiac Lobby


chai musicFebruary 22
Chai Found Chinese Chamber Music Workshop
In Celebration of the Year of the Rat

The Chai Found Music Workshop brings their revival of sizhu (Chinese chamber music) to Long Island. Confronted by the westernization of Chinese music, this six-person performance ensemble was founded to restore classical Chinese music and find news ways to innovate these traditions to bring sizhu into the new millennium. Using the six most representative instruments of this Chinese musical tradition: the erhu, the di, the pipa, the guzheng, the yangqin, and the ruanxian, Chai Found grounds itself in, yet transcends, the limits of their genre. The unique characteristics of sizhu music have attracted numbers of Western composers to write new pieces for the ensemble. The gaps between Eastern and Western culture, traditional and contemporary, are successfully bridged by Chai Found in performances throughout the globe and now Long Island. In collaboration with Zen Appetit and also sponsored by the Council of Cultural Affairs, Taiwan.

Tickets: $10.00 students & seniors; $15.00 general admission; $25.00 V.I.P.
Please call (631) 632-4400 or e-mail wangcenter@stonybrook.edu to reserve
Friday, February 22, 8:00 pm, Wang Center Theater

February 22–25
The Art of Living Workshop
The Art of Living workshop is a scientifically proven method for improving the quality of life. This workshop teaches lifestyle responses with practical tools, including breathing, meditation techniques and exercises which can immediately be put to use with long-lasting and tangible results. The main features of the workshop include:

  1. Natural principles of effective living: Learn tools that eliminate counter-productive activity and enhance learning ability.
  2. Interpersonal processes: Guided interactive processes to improve interpersonal relationships, foster team spirit and leadership skills.
  3. Dynamic body exercises: Easily learned tension-releasing physical stretches and exercises.
  4. Innovative breathing techniques: Revitalizing breathing techniques that increase energy, deeply relax and recharge the body and mind
  5. Prior attendees report an increased sense of peace, energy, well being and restful state, even more so then a vacation!

Friday, February 22, 6:00 pm-9:00 pm
Saturday, February 23, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Sunday, February 24, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Monday, February 25, 6:00-9:00 pm

Instructor: Dr. Balaji Sitharaman
Assistant: Dr. Linda Cocchiarella

Course Fee:
$375 regular fee, Students & Seniors $200,
No one will be denied because of financial hardship. Contact Dr. Balaji Sitharaman, 631-655-4736 or Dr. Linda Cocchiarella 631-495-4134 on an individual basis with any questions. All teachers volunteer their time. To register online, go to this link. Under State, choose NY / Part 1 course http://secure.artofliving.org/courses.aspx Art of Living Foundation is a non-profit, non-denominational, educational charitable organization.

forgotten eyesFebruary 25
Documentary: Behind Forgotten Eyes
Behind Forgotten Eyes presents the stories of a group of brave Korean women who came forward to speak about the sexual slavery of 200,000 Korean girls and women by the imperial Japan's military between 1910 and World War II. This documentary combines first-hand accounts from these aging Korean women and former Japanese soldiers with the expert testimony of academics, social activists, and professionals to offer a candid look into an issue that has been formally ignored by the Japanese government. (Anthony Gilmore, 2007, 75 minutes with English subtitles) Download flier. Part of the Port Jefferson Documentary Series by Greater Port Jefferson-Northern Brookhaven Arts Council.
Monday, February 25, 7:00 pm, Wang Center Theater

planet indiaFebruary 26
Planet India: The Turbulent Rise of the Largest Democracy and the Future of Our World
Discussion & Book Signing by Mira Kamdar
India is everywhere: in the news, in movie theaters, at the office, and on Capitol Hill. With 600 million people under the age of twenty-five, a middle class as big as the United States, and economic growth pushing double digits, India is potentially the world's hottest market and biggest labor force. But while India's recent boom has made thirty-six Indians billionaires, 800 million Indians still struggle to survive on less than two dollars per day. A vibrant democracy where the poor are more likely to vote than the rich, India is racing against time to invent an environmentally sustainable and socially equitable model adapted to the twenty-first century. The Indian diaspora is an important part of India's resurgence as a major cultural and political force. Mira Kamdar will tell us how high the stakes are–what there is to lose and what there is to gain–from India's meteoric rise and the growing clout of the Indian diaspora, especially in the United States. Booksigning and refreshments to follow. Co-sponsored with the Center for India Studies.

"This briskly written, vivid account shows how that subcontinental country's films, technology, and service industries have made India an ever-growing presence on the American scene. Time to recognize yet another awakening giant snapping at our heels"–The Atlantic Monthly
Tuesday, February 26, 7:00 pm, Lecture Hall 1, Free Admission

namgayFebruary 7–28
Phurba Namgay: Buddhist Paintings from Bhutan
Phurba Namgay, a graduate and instructor at the Institute for Zorig Chusum in Thimpu, Bhutan, brings his Buddhist thanka paintings to Stony Brook. His thankas, painted or embroidered Buddhist banners which were traditionally hug in a monastery or a family altar, represent some of the best examples of contemporary thankas and mandalas and are on display throughout Bhutan. Namgay uses traditional methods of thanka painting including preparing his own canvas, using paints of minerals and natural pigments, and brushes of natural animal hairs. Namgay's visit also includes an artist's workshop at the Wang Center. In this hands-on workshop, Namgay will guide and demonstrate participants in the creation of the thankas he has spent a lifetime pursuing. All are welcome.

Opening Reception & Artist Talk: February 7, 5:00–6:30 pm
Student Activities Center (SAC) Gallery

Workshop with the Artist: February 7, 11:00 am
Wang Center Skylight Lobby

SAC Gallery Hours:
Tuesday–Friday, 11:00 am–5:00 pm

The SAC Gallery is located on the main floor of the Student Activities Center on Stony Brook University's West Campus. If special accommodations are required, please contact the Department of Student Union and Activities at (631) 632-9392. For directions, please go to http://www.stonybrook.edu/sb/directions.shtml.

three seasonsFebruary 28
Film: Three Seasons
Asian Film Forum / Osher Lifelong Learning Institute c/o Thora Wagner
Three unlikely stories of love form the foundation of Three Seasons, a triple winner at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival. Filmed in Vietnam, Three Seasons chronicles a cyclo driver falling for a prostitute he transports to the new modern hotels; a poet with leprosy who's brought out of his depression by the singing of a young girl he hired to pick white lotus flowers from his garden; and finally an American G.I. searching for the daughter he fathered during the Vietnam conflict. Together these stories to present a haunting, bittersweet portrait of life in contemporary Vietnam, a country that has left its past behind and is making an uneasy transition from east to west, from communism to capitalism, from the past to the future. Discussion follows with Thora Wagner of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. (Tony Bui, 1999, 113 min., English, Vietnamese)
Thursday, February 28, 1:00 pm, Wang Theater, Free Admission

yinyangFebruary 28
Lecture: Future Medicine
This lively discussion introduces the main concepts of Qi and the four Pillars of Eastern Medicine and further explores the role of Eastern Medicine in the future of American health care. Doctors from Eastern and Western Medicine acknowledge each other's weaknesses and strengths; however, both acknowledge that if used together to treat patients, the combination can yield tremendous results in preventive medicine as well as healing. Featured guest speakers are Dr. Steve Jackowicz; Dr. Chi Wai Wong MD, China; Dorothy Wong LMT, L.Ac.; and Tae Hyun Kim. With a message from Yipeng Zhang, the official volunteer at SB Blood Bank's "Blood Education Project."
Thursday, February 28, 7:00 pm, Lecture Hall 1

March 1
The Six Paramitas: Dharma Workshop by Nancy Bonardi
The perfections of the bodhisattva path and how they can be applied in daily life: Generosity, morality, patience, diligence, meditation, wisdom. Nancy Bonardi began practicing meditation with Chan Master Sheng Yen of Dharma Drum Mountain in 1978. She is a qualified Chan meditation teacher and conducts one-day retreats. Please arrive early and bring your meditation cushion. Free for students. $20 teacher's donation suggested for non-student. To register, contact Sheila asriversflow@yahoo.com. Sponsored by the Buddhist Study and Practice Group.
Saturday, March 1, 9:00 am to 2:30 pm, Wang Center, Room 301

herstoryMarch 2
Herstory Writers Workshop
4th Annual Women’s Writing Retreat
Building Bridges Through Our Tales
How might you tell your own story? If you had to imagine a possible page one for a story about your own life, what might that opening moment be? These are the questions that Herstory Writers Workshop founder Erika Duncan asks each new participant in this unique writing workshop that helps women develop the tools and techniques to reshape their very intimate experiences into a form that will be meaningful to a “stranger-reader.” Traditionally this day-long writing retreat has brought together women from all walks of life seeking to find a voice with which to tell their stories. All women are invited to participate, regardless of their educational background or previous writing experience. First-time writers are welcome and encouraged to attend. Free and open to the public.
For further information or to register, call (631) 676-7395 or visit www.herstorywriters.org. This retreat is made possible by a generous donation from Jefferson’s Ferry Lifecare Community.
Sunday, March 2, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

white cloudsMarch 3
Film: Amongst White Clouds
An unforgettable journey into the hidden lives of China's forgotten Zen Buddhist hermit tradition in the Zhongnan Mountains where China's most realized Buddhist masters attained enlightenment. It had been widely thought that this tradition was all but wiped out by the twists and turns of history but Amongst White Clouds follows the students, ascetics, and wise masters still practicing Zen Buddhism in these mountains. American director, Edward Burger is one of the few foreigners to study with these hidden sages and with both humor and compassion he is able to present their tradition, their wisdom, and the hardship and joy of their everyday lives among the clouds. (Edward A. Burger, 2005, 86 minutes with English subtitles). Co-sponsored by the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies.
Discussion with Director Edward Burger follows screening.
Monday, March 3, 5:30 pm, Wang Theater

roksonakiMarch 7
Nauryz with Roksonaki: Music from Kazakhstan
In celebration of the Nauryz (Nowriz), the Central Asian Spring Festival, the Wang Center presents an unparalleled opportunity to learn about Central Asian culture and music directly from Kazakhstan's most talented avant-garde artists. A smash hit at the 2002 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Roksonaki pioneered the creation of a unique sound that integrates ancient Kazakh instrumentation with contemporary rock and jazz using motifs drawn from Eurasia's indigenous religious traditions. Followed by discussion with artists and anthropologist Helen Faller. A program of the Central Asian Cultural Exchange, with collaboration from the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the United States of America. Supported by Air Astana, The Kazakh-American Business Association, Turkish Airways and the participating institutions.

"Roksonaki may be the most interesting avant-garde band to come out of Central Asia since the Soviet Union's collapse in 1991. Roksonaki are musically fluid and as at home playing rock and roll as they are improvising new classical motifs with Yo-Yo Ma."–Helen M. Faller, Ph.D., Specialist in Central Eurasian Arts Exchange

Roksonaki Concert
Friday, March 7, 8:00 pm, Wang Center Theater

Tickets:
$10.00 for students & seniors; $15.00 general admission; $25.00 V.I.P.

Please call (631) 632-4400 or e-mail wangcenter@stonybrook.edu to reserve.

Kazakh Music Lecture
Friday, March 7, 11:45 am, Wang Theater
Free with purchase of concert ticket, otherwise $10.00 for all.

Jorge ChamMarch 14
The Art of Procrastination: Jorge Cham
A recent survey by UC Berkeley found that 95% of all graduate students feel overwhelmed, and more than 67% have felt seriously depressed at some point in their careers. In this talk, Jorge Cham recounts his experiences bringing humor into the lives of stressed-out academics, examines the source of their anxieties, and explores the guilt, the myth, and the power of procrastination. Of Chinese Panamian descent, Jorge Cham is best known for his popular newspaper and web comic strip Piled Higher and Deeper (PhD Comics). He first started drawing PhD Comics as a graduate student at Stanford University, and has since been syndicated in several university newspapers and in three published book collections. Sponsored by the Graduate Student Organization and Center for Inclusive Education in collaboration with Wang Center Asian/Asian American Programming.

"Hilarious"–The Chronicle of Higher Education

"You'll laugh and wince at Jorge Cham's smart comic strip, which feels your pain, your panic, your coffee addition...and your departmental politics"–USA Today

Friday, March 14, 3:00 pm, Wang Theater, Free to all

beautiful countryMarch 27
Film: The Beautiful Country
Asian Film Forum / Osher Lifelong Learning Institute c/o Thora Wagner
The Beautiful Country features Binh, a shy man of mixed American/Vietnamese heritage who is forced from his village in Vietnam and embarks on a journey in search of his estranged American father. Binh–considered "bui doi" ("less than dust") because of his parents–endures a refugee camp, survives a brutal ocean crossing, and indentured servitude with a human-trafficking ring. Along the way he is joined by Tam, his half-brother, and Ling, a young Chinese prostitute. His quest leads him from Saigon to Malaysia to New York City and, finally, to a remote Texas ranch and a redemptive reunion. Discussion follows with Thora Wagner of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. (Hans Petter Moland, 2004, 125 min., Vietnamese, English, Mandarin, Cantonese)
Thursday, March 27, 1:00 pm, Wang Theater, Free Admission

March 27
Buddhism & Western Psychology with Dr. Marvin Levine
The lecture will focus on the four noble truths (from the Buddha's first sermon), the view they present of human nature and the human condition, and how that view compares to that of western psychology–the impressive similarities and some of the key differences. Dr. Levine joined the Department of Psychology at Stony Brook in 1965, serving as its Director of the Undergraduate Program until his retirement in 1990. During these years he was an active researcher on the topic of problem solving, concerned with how humans solve both intellectual and interpersonal problems. He also served for several years as a mediator for Suffolk County, a task that he describes as front-line problem solving. He has presented workshops on assertiveness training and on handling anger and wrote the textbook, Effective Problem Solving. Since his retirement, Dr. Levine has pursued his long-standing interest in Buddhist and Hindu views of human nature. This culminated in The Positive Psychology of Buddhism and Yoga, (2000). In the spring of 2006, Dr. Levine was a visiting professor at Hong Kong University in the Department of Buddhist Studies. He is currently at work on two books, one on personal growth, the other on the illusion of free-will. Co-sponsored by BSPG. Download flier.
Thursday, March 27, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, Lecture Hall 2

March 29
aacfliAsian American Cultural Festival of Long Island
In its second year, this lively day-long festival delights with a celebration of Asian American culture and life on Long Island. Featuring workshops, arts and crafts, an Asian Market, kung fu, tea ceremony, raffles, and performances from China, India, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Taiwan and Thailand this festival guarantees appreciating Asian cultures, novelty and fun!
All are welcome.
For more information, call (631) 543-5768 or visit www.aacfli.com. Event flier. Press release.

1:00–6:00 pm: Free Admission to multicultural booths, arts and crafts, community performances, workshops, tea ceremony, films

6:00–9:00 pm: Performances by distinguished artists, Taste of Asia VIP Reception, Awards Ceremonies, Spectacular Raffle prizes

Tickets: $10 Performances only; $20 VIP Reception only; $25 Performances and Taste of Asia Reception
Saturday, March 29, 1:00–9:00 pm, Wang Center

terror's advocateMarch 31
Documentary: Terror's Advocate
Part of Port Jefferson Documentary Series by Greater Port Jefferson Northern Brookhaven Arts Council
Who defends the undefendable? Filmmaker Barbet Schroeder's probing documentary Terror's Advocate explores the career of Jacques Verges, a notorious defense attorney for some of history's most vilified terrorists, including Carlos the Jackal to Nazi lieutenant Klaus Barbie. In a series of personal interviews, Schroeder examines not only the convictions that guide the morals of this enigmatic lawyer, but also history's long, winding trail of blind terrorism. Download flier. (Barbet Schroeder, 2007, 137 minutes with English subtitles)
Monday, March 31, 7:00 pm, Wang Center Theater

Dr. ChenApril 9
Health Awareness Lecture: “The Effective Indications of Acupuncture”
By Dr. Yemeng Chen, L.Ac., FICAE, President, New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Vice-Chair, New York State Board for Acupuncture. Dr. Chen will discuss acupuncture efficacy in ancient literature, clinical experience, and recent research; a brief history of its origin in China; its mechanisms from the perspectives of Eastern philosophy and Western physiology; and his personal experience. Sponsored by BSPG. Download flier.
Wednesday, April 9, 6:30– 8:00 pm, Lecture Hall 1

Kristina WongApril 10
Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Kristina Wong combines a zany sense of humor with biting insight in Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, a swear-to-god-not-autobiographical portrayal of the high incidence of anxiety, depression, and mental illness among Asian American women. Using monologues, movement, and a host of pop culture references, Wong appropriates visual materials, such as a set of unfinished knitting, as well as print brochures and TV advertisements dealing with mental illness, as comedic foils while probing the seriousness of the subject. Knitters–cuckoo and not–are invited to knit in the audience during the show. Please call (631) 632-4400 or e-mail wangcenter@stonybrook.edu to reserve your tickets. In collaboration with the Organization of Chinese Americans (Long Island and National), Allstate Foundation, and Asian American Center Bridge. Download flier.

"Wong's work is compelling because it is, by turns, confrontational and candid, acerbic and guileless, cartoonish and so razor sharp it draws blood"–NY Arts Magazine

"One-woman show keeps the laughs coming as it tackles issue of depression" –Philadelphia Metro

Tickets: $10.00 for students & seniors; $15.00 general admission; $25.00 V.I.P.
Thursday, April 10, 7:00 pm, Wang Center Theater

April 12
dhammadipaBuddhism Study & Practice Group Workshop:
The Four Sublime Abidings

The Venerable Dr. Sak Dhammadipa, director of the Cultural & Educational Center of Massachusetts Budhi Siksa Society, will give teaching and meditation instruction on the Four Sublime Abidings (cattaro brahmavihara) that accompany spiritual development: Loving kindness (metta), compassion (karuna), sympathetic joy (mudita), and equanimity (upekkha). Sponsored by BSPG. Download flier. Please arrive early and bring your meditation cushion. FREE FOR STUDENTS. $20 teacher's donation suggested for non-students. To register, contact Sheila asriversflow@yahoo.com
Saturday, April 12, 9:00 am–2:30 pm, Wang Center, Room 301

pratimaApril 13–14
Pratima: Reflection: Nrityagram Dance Ensemble
Direct from India, the world-renowned Nrityagram Dance Ensemble performs their new piece "Pratima: Reflection." This stunning ensemble of dancers transports viewers to enchanted worlds of spirituality with the sensuous flow of Odissi, the oldest of India's classical dance forms. Co-sponsored with the Center for India Studies and India Focus Group. Download flier.

"In addition to impressive technical expertise, they performed with a burnished grace, a selfless concentration and a depth that reflected their intensive training in dance, music, literature, language, and philosophy"–The New York Times

"Dazzling dance and dancers! What is appealing in a soloist can be positively overwhelming when four or five exquisitely trained, stunningly garbed young women multiply the gestures and movements"–The Village Voice

Sold Out
Tickets:
$10 for students and seniors; $15 for general admission; $25 VIP
Sunday, April 13, 6:00 pm, Wang Theater

Odissi Dance Workshop, Monday, April 14, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Free with purchase of concert ticket, otherwise $10.00 for all.

April 23
Who is Asia America? A Series of Performance Art Happenings
Through ritual and conceptual performances, human tableaus and sculptures, and live art the Wang Center comes alive with a plethora of performance art "happenings" that explore and explode the complexity, wealth, diversity, humor, and nuanced musings about Asian American identity, history, and cultures. Curated by Sunita S. Mukhi, Veronica Pena, and Jennifer Iacona. Wednesday, April 23, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

wang architectureApril 24
Contemporary Asian Architecture & the Wang Center: Tribute for Wang's Architect P.H. Tuan
Please join us as we pay homage to our architect with our supporters from Stony Brook campus, the Asian and Asian American communities on Long Island, and other notables while we proudly move into the future bringing the best Asian and Asian American thinkers and performers throughout the world to Long Island. P.H. Tuan, the internationally esteemed architect of the Wang Center and advocate of contemporary Chinese architecture, comes to the Charles B. Wang Center to celebrate the Wang Center's fifth year anniversary. He reveals the aesthetic vision that inspired the Wang Center, the Kenneth Wang Law School of Soochow University in Suzhou, China, which he also designed, and his experiences as an immigrant in a conversation with Bill Zimmerman. Reception of sumptuous Asian treats to follow. Free admission. Seats are limited.
Thursday, April 24, 7:00 pm, Wang Theater

wokApril 28–May 30
Exhibition: A Wok Through Chinese Culinary History
Savor and digest the history of Chinese cuisine at a dramatic new exhibition of the Jacqueline M. Newman Chinese Cookbook Collection. Stony Brook University’s collection includes more than 3,000 cookbooks—from the oldest to the smallest to the longest, and everything in between—as well as many other fascinating culinary items. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind visual banquet for everyone interested in one of the world’s greatest civilizations. To RSVP or for more information, call (631) 632-6320. Sponsored by the Office of the President and the University Libraries.

April 30
Pan-Asian Read-Aloud
Stories, performances, calligraphy, and workshops by Stony Brook students for young audiences. Co-sponsored with the Asian American Center Bridge.
Wednesday, April 30, 10:00 am, Wang Center, Free Admission

nobukoMay 1
What Can a Song Do?
A Multi-Media Lecture Performance by Nobuko Miyamoto
In "What Can a Song Do?" performer activist Nobuko Miyamoto uses the songs of her life as a window to the past and a vehicle to envision the future. She tells the stories behind the songs that propelled the music and the Asian American movement. She speaks of her continuing path as a songwriter and theater artist helping individuals and communities find voice for their stories. From folk music to hip hop, from the days of the movement to the Iraqi War and global warming, she continues to use the power of song as catalyst, healer and a way to realize unity. This performance also includes the culmination of the two-day workshop involving select students, faculty, and staff of Stony Brook University. In collaboration with the Organization of Chinese Americans (Long Island and National), Allstate Foundation, Asian American Center Bridge, and with support from the Japan Center at Stony Brook.

"A major Asian American cultural figure and activist,( Nobuko's iconoclastic) career has spanned five decades from the Broadway stage, to Hollywood, to activism on both West and East coasts; and stages and college campuses in between"–Roberta Uno, Founder, New WORLD Theater, Amherst, MA, Ford Foundation Program Officer for Arts and Culture

Thursday, May 1, 7:00 pm, Wang Theater, Free admission for students, $10 for seniors, and $15 for general admission
Nobuko Workshop: April 28 and 29, 6:00 pm, Room 301, Free Admission

cherryMay 3
Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom Festival)
Welcome Spring to Long Island the Japanese way, with the exciting sounds of the Taiko Drums, performances of Japanese dance and music and a wondrous array of Japanese crafts, tea ceremony, and cultural events. For information, please call Gerard Senese at (631) 698-2467 or visit www.ryushukan.com. Sponsored by the Ryu Shu Kan with the Japan Center at Stony Brook in collaboration with the Wang Center's Asian/Asian American Programming.
Saturday, May 3, 12:00 pm, Wang Center

May 6–8
kathyMeditation Workshop and Two Dharma Talks
May 6: Meditation Workshop: (Room 201)
Develop mindfulness, improve concentration, reduce stress
May 7: Lecture on "The Six Perfections" (Room 201)
May 8: Lecture on "Buddhism in The Real World" ( Room 301)

When we think of Buddhism, we might call to mind images of Shakyamuni Buddha, sitting peacefully on a lotus flower, and wonder how the teachings of such a person might help us in the busy "real world" we inhabit. This lecture describes how Buddhist teachings apply to our daily life, including the workplace, the home, and the classroom. Lama Kathy Wesley (Gyurme Chotso) has been a student of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche since 1977. She currently serves at the Columbus Karma Thegsum Choling (Ohio) as its practice coordinator, and travels to other Buddhist centers throughout the country to teach. She is a graduate of Ohio State University with a bachelor's degree in journalism and lives in Newark, Ohio. Lama Wesley will be glad to provide individual consultation during the day on May 7 and 8 by appointment only. Please e-mail tara68@gmail.com to request an appointment. Sponsored by BSPG. Dowload flier.

SUMMER 2008

greenmaskThe Charles B. Wang Center and Long Island Folding Enthusiasts (L.I.F.E.) are excited to be sponsoring the fourth annual summer origami festival. This year proves to be one of the most exciting yet, featuring the usual array of origami activities and exhibitions of both nationally renown and local origami artists. Download poster (pdf).

The Many Faces of Origami Exhibition
August 2-3, 2008
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

August 4-8, 2008
10:00 am to 7:00 pm

Come see Joel Cooper’s breathtaking and innovative origami masks. Folded from single pieces of paper using advanced geometric folding techniques originally developed in 1960s Japan, called tessellation, these magnificent masks are reminiscent of classical sculptures from ancient civilizations and have been exhibited throughout the world. Joining Joel will be a second installation featuring Long Island origami artist, Anna Yu Powell, and painter, Dean Powell’s handpainted origami pieces. Vibrantly colored origami animals will adorn the walls of the Wang Center pleasing the old and young alike. Co-sponsored by the Japan Center at Stony Brook.

orange maskOrigami Heaven Festival
August 3, 2008
11:00 am to 4:00 pm

--A talk by filmmaker, Vanessa Gould (Green Fuse Films) and    excerpts from her documentary, Between the Folds
--Storigami is back again with more exciting stories and    origami
--The super popular greeting card workshop
--Puppet portal
--Traditional Japanese Tea ceremony
--Origami workshops and teaching tables where the Long Island Folding    Enthusiasts teach you to fold, play with paper, and more.

The Many Faces of Origami is free and open to the public. Suggested donation of $5 for Origami Heaven.

Groups of 15 or more must pre-register by e-mailing origamiheaven@stonybrook.edu.

For schedules and more information please visit,
https://web.stonybrook.edu/origamiheaven or contact L.I.F.E. and the Wang
Center at origamiheaven@stonybrook.edu or (631) 632-4400.

Stony Brook University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity educator and employer. If you need a disability-related accommodation, please call (631) 632-6320.


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