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  • The Amitabha Foundation.  Voice: 442-5853 Fax: 442-7630.  E-mail: info@amitabhafoundation.org11 S. Goodman Street, Rochester, NY 14607. "The Amitabha Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the unique beauty of Tibetan culture while providing for the needs of Tibetan refugees living in exile. Established in 1986, The Foundation has branches in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia. The U.S. headquarters of the Foundation are located in Rochester, New York.

    The Foundation's pursuits are guided by its founder, the Venerable K. C. Ayang Rinpoche. Rinpoche is a Tibetan lama, or teacher, of the Drikung Kagyu lineage of Vajrayana Buddhism. His main teachers were His Holiness Gyalwa Karmapa and His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. Ayang Rinpoche has been a regular visitor to the U. S. since the early 1980s, when Karmapa and the Dalai Lama asked him to travel to the West to teach Phowa, a special practice for the time of death. Ayang Rinpoche is highly regarded as the world's leading Phowa Master. When he is not traveling, Ayang Rinpoche resides at his monastery in Bylakuppe, South India, where he is head of a Tibetan refugee community."

  • The Rochester Zen Center.  Voice: 473-9180.   Fax: 473-6846.  Email:  7 Arnold Park, Rochester, NY 14607-2082.  " is a Buddhist training center where men and women may practice daily Zen meditation, hear teishos (Zen commentaries), and take part in ceremonies and intensive retreats. Introductory workshops and training programs for those new to Zen Buddhism as well as for experienced practitioners are scheduled regularly.

Established in 1966 by Roshi Philip Kapleau on his return from Japan, the Zen Center has grown to a large membership in Rochester and throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe. In June of 1986 Bodhin Kjolhede (pron. BODE'n COLE-heed) was formally installed as Roshi Kapleau's Dharma-successor and Director of the Center. This appointment marked the culmination of a sixteen-year teacher-student relationship, the last decade working intimately together."

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