Saturday, March 17, 2007

March on the Pentagon

Today, we participated in the March on the Pentagon. Although it was a cold day, there was a big turnout.

Not everyone was there to oppose the you can see, this crowd supports the war on terror.

Here are some shots of the march to share the experience with you.

Many demonstrators exhibited their patriotism while expressing their distress at the senseless death and suffering of the war. The overall theme of the march was to bring our troops home.

We are working on the video that we shot during the march...stay tuned for the clips to be posted. Monday is a busy day for us...the teens are volunteering at the Manna Food Center and immediately afterward we are having a drumming circle at 7:30 pm at the temple. You are welcome to attend with or without a drum. We would love to see you there!

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Stupa Walk

Yup, finally got some video together. No claims to fame here, just a desire to share the experience! Tempted as I was to add music (illegally since I am not a musician) you'll have to watch it without any real audio quality...but you can get a taste of what it was like that morning!

On the auspicious days of the Tibetan Calendar we always start off with a tour of the Stupas to make offerings and prayers. On this particular day it was cold and icy, so we used our trusty truck to get us around the's a glimpse...

It is our hope that you will come see these amazing sources of blessing for yourself! But if you can't get out here, we'll do our best to bring them to you!

Monday, March 05, 2007

More than one way to practice...

We're still recovering from the weekend, and will share some video with you over the next few days.

For now, we wanted to share a clip of Atira, one of our younger sangha members, offering basic instruction on hand drums to the teen class (you'll see some Ani's were there---us old nuns still get a kick out of this!) The goal is to get a drum circle going here at the temple! More details as that evolves, but now, grab your drum and see if you can get's less than 30 seconds but it's enough to get you started...

Of course if the whole idea scares you don't fret...the temple and Stupas are open 24 hours a day, available to all, whether you drum or not, whether you're Buddhist or not, you are welcome here!

Sunday, March 04, 2007

March 4th....Sharing the Joy

As stated in previous posts, we've been furiously busy preparing for the events this weekend. Us Stupa gals needed to get cleaned up and focused to perform needed duties indoors. Too busy to shoot images myself, but here's a few Ani Dawa took. These are from Friday, when Mugsang Tulku Rinpoche arrived at our temple in Poolesville...

If you'd like to read more about who this teacher is, here's a link to his biography on the Palyul Website...

Mugsang Tulku Rinpoche

On the run again this morning, but will be sharing some images and video with you soon of the events this weekend!

If you see this in the morning you still have time to come on out and see Rinpoche teach! He's teaching at 11am on Sunday, and we're having a Rigzin Dupai Practice with Tsog this afternoon at 2:30...we'd love to see you there!

Of course, if you can't make it out, we'll share the experience with you here...

Saturday, March 03, 2007

The Great Stupa of Dharmakaya

We're busy hosting Mugsang Tulku, an emanation of Tulku Migyur Dorje, whose relic resides within our own Migyur Dorje Stupa. So no time to prepare a presentation I wanted to share a video of a Stupa in Colorado...Enjoy!

And of course, please do come out and enjoy the temple and Stupas here in Poolesville if you can! This weekend we have an honored guest, and it is one of the four great auspicious days of the Tibetan Calendar.

If you can't make it, we'll share some glimpses with you here!