Tibetan Buddhist teaches meditation
A Tibetan Buddhist scholar who frequently teaches in the United States will return to Hawaii next weekend to teach methods of training the mind and meditation.
Khentrul Lodro Thaye Rinpoche will present workshops from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. next Saturday and May 20 in downtown Honolulu. His topic, "Taming the Wild Horse of the Mind," is based on a classic Tibetan Buddhist text, "Seven Points of Training the Mind."
The Dalai Lama spoke about the same training in a public lecture on Maui last month, according to sponsors of next week's event.
Khentrul Lodro Thaye Rinpoche is the abbot of Katog Mardo Tashi Choling monastery in eastern Tibet. He has presented programs on Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and meditation in several American cities. He is returning to Tibet after presenting a one-month training program in California.
The cost of the sessions at Studio B, 63 N. Beretania St., is $50 for one day, $90 for the weekend. Discounts are available. To register, call Kaohulani McGuire at (808) 348-2980 or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Church turns 100 with free concert
Olive United Methodist Church will begin its centennial celebration with a free concert for the Wahiawa community at 7 p.m. Monday.
Classical music from several operas and English, Korean, Okinawan and Spanish folk songs will be performed by the Moo Gung Hwa Chorus. The 25-member chorale of local singers is directed by Young Kee Kang, a graduate of the Tokyo Imperial College of Music. Young Jin Kang will be soloist; Haruko Kobayashi, the accompanying pianist.
The concert will be in the church at 108 California Ave.
Wright-designed temple is landmark
ELKINS PARK, Pa. » The only synagogue ever designed by Frank Lloyd Wright has been designated a National Historic Landmark.
Beth Sholom, a soaring glass-and-concrete temple just outside Philadelphia, began welcoming worshippers nearly 50 years ago. Last Sunday, the National Park Service recognized it as one of the architect's greatest achievements.
"This is not just a historic site," William Bolger, regional program manager for the park service, said of the building conceived as a modern Mount Sinai. "It is a living monument to our nation's culture."
The towering, flat-topped spire is constructed out of concrete, steel, aluminum and glass. It is the only synagogue Wright created during his 70-year, 1,000-project career. Wright died in 1959, six months before Beth Sholom was first used.
Beth Sholom is one of three Wright buildings recently given status as National Historic Landmarks. The others are the Hollyhock House in Los Angeles and the Price Tower in Bartlesville, Okla. They join other Wright buildings on the list, including his home in Oak Park, Ill., Fallingwater in western Pennsylvania and Taliesen West in Arizona.
The designation for the synagogue is part of the congregation's plan to make it a semipublic site, one whose costly upkeep can be supported in part by tours, government funding, philanthropy and a museum shop.
Beth Sholom is the fourth synagogue on the park service's list of about 2,500 national landmarks.