Sunday, March 27, 2016

Our Newest Carved Wood Blocks

Our newest carved wood blocks. Eternal knot and lotus in the foreground (based on an original drawing by Glen Eddy) by Jacqueline; AH by Sheryl printed on our handmade papers. Notice that the AH is carved backwards but printed in its opposite. 

Join us for our Sunday, April 3 workshop with Tibetan Translator Dara Juels dedicated to writing the Mani mantra we will eventually carve into a wood block. 

{Dara, Sheryl and Dara's mom at our 2014 Khandroling Summer workshop}

Daria Juels became interested in Buddhism as a teenager and after taking a college course in Buddhism began to study Zen meditation. She lived in a Zen Buddhist community for a few years while attending art school. She met her Teacher, a Tibetan Nyingma Lama, ten years ago and became interested in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition as well as the Tibetan language. Studying scriptural Tibetan with Heidi Nevin, a well-known translator, she developed her knowledge of the written language. Wishing to become fluent in the spoken language Dara travelled to Nepal five years ago where she lived for almost two and a half years studying both language and meditation practices with various teachers in the Nyingma Lineage. When she returned to the United States she furthered her studies at a translator program at Rangjung Yeshe Gomde in Northern California. Dara began doing both written translation of dharma practices and teachings for buddhist teachers as well as oral translation for her husband. She has a passion for both Tibetan language and translating the vast wealth of wisdom within the spiritual tradition into English. Her wish is participate in assuring that the blessings of the path are carried into the Western languages.

The workshop takes place in the yellow schoolhouse at 18 Schoolhouse Road, Conway, MA 10:00 AM-4:00 PM. Participants can also make paper, fold origami lotus' and print on the etching press if they wish. 

An Explanation of the Mani Mantra by the Dalai Lama

In Preparation for our Lotus Blossom Project

The meaning of the Mantra by His Holiness the Dalai Lama:
"It is very good to recite the mantra oṃ ma ṇi pad me hūṃ but while you are doing it, you should be thinking of it's meaning, for the meaning of the six syllables is great and vast. 
The first, oṃ is symbolic of the pure exalted body, speech, and mind of a Buddha. maṇi means jewel, symbolizes the factors of method-the altruistic intention to become enlightened, through compassion and love. padme meaning lotus, symbolizes wisdom. Just as a lotus grows from the mud, but is not sullied by the faults of mud, so wisdom is capable of putting you in a situation of non-contradiction whereas there would be contradiction if you did not have wisdom. ...Purity must be achieved by an indivisible unity of method and wisdom, symbolized by hūṃ which indicates indivisibility...Thus together these syllables mean that in dependence on the practice of a path which is an indivisible union of method and wisdom, you can transform your impure body, speech, mind into the pure exalted body, speech, mind of a Buddha."

Reprinted from Tashi Mannox Facebook and webpage

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Year of the Fire Monkey

[Original mixed media by Ingmar Pema Dechen]

Ho you Fire Monkey
Adorable Familiar of blessed places
Resourceful, enchanting
Cunning when need be
Your chatter flattens the dolts of ignorance
When you take
Charge in a carpe diem kind of way
Your ballast of confidence
Lifts our spirits
Seer of the future
Interlocutor to lost opportunities
Let’s take to heart
The ease of your swing from here to there
Always awake in the fire

2016 Losar (Tibetan New Year)

These Losar poems are part of an experimental project The Mansion of Elements to create poems for all 60 animal/element combinations in Tibetan Astrology.