Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Naturegraph and a Pet Deer

In Spring 1970 while driving near The Geysers, I picked up a fawn sitting beside the road with no mother deer around. About two days later he started dying, tongue hanging out, eyes bulging, panting heavily. Needing advice, I called Vinson Brown who ran Naturegraph Press outside of Healdsburg. He told me what vet to go to. Even though it was then illegal for him to treat wild animals, the vet took the fawn in, telling me most likely the mother abandoned him because he had encephalitis, that the fawn probably wouldn't live but he would give him antibiotics. However the fawn returned to full health, and we had him about two months before releasing him.

In gratitude to Vinson Brown for his help, I paid him a visit about 6 months later. Last month (Nov 2009) I found out Naturegraph is still publishing now relocated in Happy Camp CA. Vinson Brown died about 15 years ago, but his wife Barbara is still running the business, and when I ordered a few more books and told Barbara the story above, she related the following story to me:

They had a pet fawn also, and the Browns' daughter was considered by the fawn to be its mother, following her around everywhere. They raised the deer from infancy to grown lady, and years later when the daughter got married, the deer "stood by her side as bridesmaid at the wedding. Few brides have a lovely deer as their bridesmaid, clear down to wanting to have a bite of her boquet."

Monday, December 14, 2009


Friday April 23, 2010 at UC Berkeley
2223 Fulton St 6th floor


___9-9:15AM___ Introduction by Prof. Duncan Williams (UC Berkeley)
___9:15-9:45___ Keynote Lecture by Prof. Shoshin Ichishima (Taisho U)
______________"The Integration of Sutra and Tantra at Mount Hiei"
___10-10:30____Lecture by Prof. Paul Groner (U Virginia)
______________"The Training and Education of Tendai Monks"
___10:45-11:30__Lecture by Prof. Hodo Shioiri (Taisho U)(with interpreter)
______________ "Sanno Ichijutsu Shinto of Tendai Buddhism"

LUNCH BREAK: 11:45-1:30PM


___1:30-1:35__ Introduction by Ven. Monshin Paul Naamon
_____________(Tendai Buddhist Institute)
___1:35-2:15__ Lecture by Prof. John Stevens (Tohoku Fukushi U)
_____________Author of Sacred Calligraphy of the East, Marathon Monks
_____________"An Illustrated History of Tendai Calligraphy"
___2:30-3____ Lecture by Prof. Elizabeth ten Grotenhuis (Boston U)
_____________"Entering the Pureland at a Tendai Temple"
_____________"Seigan Toji at Nachi"
___3:10-3:20__Coffee break
___3:20-3:50_Ven. Senkei Shibayama (Vice-chair of Tendai Calligraphy Assoc.)
_____________Author of Saicho no Sho
_____________"About the Exhibit" (with interpreter)
___4-4:30____Ven. Shibayama assisted by two other calligraphers:
_____________A Demonstration of Tendai Calligraphy


The Exhibit is from April 1 to June 1

On Saturday April 24, 2010
There will be a ceremony at Hoshu-In
California Tendai Monastery, Cobb, CA