Sunday, July 26, 2009

Buddhist Economics

Very impressed by this chapter by EF Schumacher in his work Small is Beautiful.

I am most inspired by humanity when we can employ thoughtful, creative and sustainable solutions to not just living in the world, but incorporating compassion and liberation from suffering into the very mechanics of our cultures and societies.

Lots of meaningful wisdom in this short piece...I highly endorse it and encourage you to read it:


Thursday, July 16, 2009

Colorado Dharma Odyssey - 2009

Colleen and I embarked on an epic American Buddhist pilgrimage to several dharma centers in Colorado in late June.
It was amazing to see the diversity and vibrancy of living American Buddhism.
While we primarily focused on sites from our own Tibetan traditions, there are many more different kinds of dharma alive and well out there.

Here are some pix that you may enjoy (click to enlarge):

The Torii gate and the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya Which Liberates Upon Seeing, Shambhala Mountain Center.

View of SMC Downtown from Marpa Point, Shambhala Mountain Center.

Kyudojo with deer, Shambhala Mountain Center.

Road to Tara Mandala, Pagosa Springs.

Stupa at Tara Mandala.

Approaching Tara Mandala.

Tiger lintel, exterior Tara Mandala.

Mandarava, Padmasambhava, and Yeshe Tsogyal lintel, Tara Mandala.

View from Tara's Knee, Tara Mandala.

Tara Shrine, Tara Mandala.

Ekajati Peak, Tara Mandala.

Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche's stupa, Crestone.

Guru Rinpoche mantra stone, Crestone.

Mantra Wheel, Crestone.

Can you spot the A?

Approaching HHK 16 Stupa of 84,000 Doors, Crestone.

HHK 16 Stupa of 84,000 Doors, Crestone.

Statue detail, HHK 16 Stupa of 84,000 Doors, Crestone.

Prayer flags and storms, Crestone.

Joyful Journey, Crestone.

With our furry companion, Ralph.

Back at Karma Dzong, in Boulder.

King Gesar of Ling, Karma Dzong, Boulder.

Vajradhara, Karma Dzong, Boulder.

Sakyong's throne, Karma Dzong, Boulder.

Shrine at Phunstok Choling, near Ward.

Tent at Phunstok Choling, near Ward.

Buddha Shakyamuni, Phunstok Choling, near Ward.

Vajrasattva, Phunstok Choling, near Ward.

Nalandabodhi Shrine, Dzogchen Cottage, Boulder.

Guru Rinpoche mantra (by The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Dzogchen Cottage, Boulder.

Like a child in a shrine room.


Sarva Mangalam!