Wednesday, November 30, 2016

NEXT Mindful Origami Club to Meet on Thursday, December 8, 2016 from 5:00 - 6:30 PM

Come and join our group to learn how to fold the Lotus Flower for the 250th Anniversary Celebration of he town of Conway, MA in June 2017. 

WHEN: December 8, 2016, 5:00PM-6:40 PM
LOCATION: 18 Schoolhouse Rd. Conway, MA 01341 in the Library
COST: Free

We need your help to make one thousand, (1,000) Lotus Flowers to distribute during the parade in JUne 2017. Brenda Lilly is offering to facilitate these drop in sessions. We will be meeting every second Thursday of the month beginning at 5:00 - 6:30 PM to fold in the Yellow Schoolhouse Library on the first floor. 

Come by anytime during that session and be a part of history! Our next meeting is December 8. RSVP Jacqueline at 413-522-1125 or or just come.  Some individuals who live far way may be able to count making the lotus as fulfilling their Karma Yoga requirement. 

To learn more about this community project,  visit our blog at 

For those who want to become more involved in the process of handmade paper, we will be making paper from "Conway Rags," beginning in 2017 as we initiate the design for our parade float. 

Last month during our first meeting, we made several dozen origami Lotus. Each blossom is distinct and beautiful--like our own condition.   We invite parents and kids to come and participate. Invite your friends!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Mindfulness of Origami Club Begins on Thursday, November 10, 2016

Please join us for our first Mindfulness of Origami Club with Brenda Lilly, to meet the second Thursday of every month in the Yellow Schoolhouse at Tsegyalgar East. This club is free. 

For further information contact Jacqueline at 413-522-1125 or

5-6:30 PM in the Library at 18 Schoolhouse Rd. Conway, MA 01341. 
The Khandroling Lotus Blossom project is an international endeavor to restore the historic schoolhouse in Conway, MA site of so many Dzogchen retreats, the Shang Shung Tibetan Medicine School, and numerous community functions as the first North American Gar founded by Chogyal Namkhai Norbu. Purchased in 1995, the building continues to provide a base for the Dzogchen Community's practice life, numerous SSI educational programs in Tibetan culture, and courses in Vajra Dance, Yantra Yoga and Khaita Dance. 

The Lotus is an important symbol through out all the Buddhist lineages. We will be exploring the many facets of this precious symbol of enlightened perfection and goodness which we all possess. 

Our newest Lotus Origami incarnation created by Brenda Lilly with the six-syllables of the Mani mantra written on the six petals with the HRIH in the center.

The building itself has special meaning to the town of Conway, MA as the first multi-class grammar school which was home to generations of children educated there. As a fitting gesture of goodwill , Khandroling Paper Cooperative on behalf of the Dzogchen Community will participate in the 250th Conway Town Anniversary Celebration to be held in 2017  with a Paper Lotus float and the distribution of thousands of handmade paper lotus blossoms. 

[Brenda instructing Francine in the making of a small Lotus]

In dreams
they come with out-stretched hands
the color of malachite

giving, magnetizing
palms formed by leaf and wind,
torrential waters--

As they pass to me the lotus bud
grown up from mud
its stainless bloom


[Rita Kaiser, Brenda Lilly and Nancy Paris, Summer Celebration, 2016]

We look forward to sharing this journey with you over the next year!