Jonny has been working on the Kalachakra mural and Autumn Payne captured some of it on video for your viewing pleasure. The lines are done in marker and will be painted over. The technique is an old one -- used for centuries by artists like Michelangelo. He used simple tools: a level and a ladder. Feel free to drive or walk by and see the progress!
January 17, 2021: We are unquestionably living through one of the most unstable times in modern memory. This is extracting a stressful toll on most of us while simultaneously many of our usual coping strategies aren't available. Sangha member Andrew Smith shares some thoughts on bringing this moment to the dharma.
On January 3, 2021, sangha member Dirk Johnson spoke about Yeshe Tsogyal (8th Century CE), whom many consider to be the first Tibetan, male or female, to achieve enlightenment. In one way or another, virtually all Dzogchen lineages trace back to her. Her importance to the establishment and continuation of Buddhism in Tibet is incalculable.
On December 20, 2020, sangha member Roberta Silveira shares her history on the Buddhist path, while intertwining a few mahasiddhi stories. Ultimately, her talk is on confidence, faith, and determination.
On December 6, 2020, sangha member James Meyer explored motivation to practice. Whether we are trying to go on an exciting vacation, looking for a new job, helping a family member thru college or trying to liberate our mind from mental afflictions and confusion, motivation is key to maintaining ongoing effort and accomplishing our goals.
Arjia Rinpoche sent a letter of thanks to Lion's Roar Dharma Center for the Center's donation in support of the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center (TMBCC). You can visit the TMBCC shop and support their activities on their website: https://www.tmbcc.org/
As part of our Kalachakra Mural project, located on the back wall of Lion’s Roar Dharma Center, the center piece was recently installed: a 5f-oot by 5-foot printed Kalachakra mandala. The image was given to us by Namgyal Monastery. The upper part of the mural is in the works, and we eagerly await its completion! Below is a photo record of the day it was mounted.
On November 22, 2020, sangha member Morris Newman talked about how Buddhism has many points of comparison with other spiritual paths, including the mystical Jewish tradition of Hasidism. As in Buddhism, Hasidism relies heavily on an oral tradition of anecdotes and saying of celebrated spiritual leaders. Morris, who spent six years living and studying in a Hasidic community in his 20s, retells many of the stories he heard personally, and relates them to Dharma practice.
On November 8, 2020, sangha member Autumn Payne shared a look inside a her busy life. She's a mother of two young children, a business owner, an educator, a wife and a refuge student of Lama Jinpa. Finding time for meditation, also called, the "training" is challenging, but the opportunity for Buddhist practice when life is busy is plenty. In this talk, Autumn will explore how the dharma is practiced in her daily life and how obstacles can become the way of the path.
On November 1, 2020, sangha member Susan Farrar explored, "Finding Bodhicitta: I know I want to know, but I'm not too sure what it is, so I'm seeking it out. By listening again to Lama Jinpa's dharma talks and LRDC community members' talks and stories, I'm hearing a whisper of what it might be."
On October 25, 2020, sangha member Doug Kleinsmith talks about Love and Justice, and how the combination of the two is bodhisattva work, that is, skillful means. It takes work to learn and to build these skills. This is bodhisattva work!
On October 18, 2020, we were joined by our close friend Jesus Sanchez. Jesus is a member of Quetzalcoatl Citlalli Aztec, who shared their sacred dance and blessings with Lion's Roar in the Fall of 2019. Jesus shared with us more of the traditions and history of this lineage.
Today we were joined by Geshe Damchoe and Lama Jinpa to bless the Kalachakra mural. After a few words about Lion's Roar's mission and history, as well dedication to dharma, Lama Jinpa and Geshe Damchoe tell how the image which is the center piece was found with the help our Geshe Tsewang. The local artist, Jonny Knudson, who will be completing the mural, was on hand to talk about his experiences with dharma.