Losar in McLeod, 2012.


Losar or the New Year festival was a quieter affair than usual in Dharamshala in 2012. Missing was the  general exuberance. If there was any celebration, it was not public. Tibetans, urged by their Prime Minister, welcomed this Water Dragon year with prayers for those who have died in Tibet since March 2011 protesting Chinese rule. The past year has seen two dozen self-immolations in Tibet.

The Dalai Lama led ritualistic prayers on the first day (Lama Losar). Drums were beaten, horns blown and  offerings were made to the Buddhist deity Palden Lhamo among Buddhist chants on the terrace of the main temple.

Tibetans also tied prayer flags or Lungta on high poles behind the residence of the Dalai Lama on the third day. It is believed that these flags printed in five colours representing the five elements, earth, sky, air, water and fire, spread prayers on wind.


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Stronger By Weakness (via Steve McCurry’s Blog)

Gorgeous photographs.

Stronger By Weakness Lhasa, Tibet    Stronger by weakness, wiser men become As they draw near to their eternal home. Leaving the old, both worlds at once they view That stand upon the threshold of the new. -Edmund Waller      Gujarat, India     Vrindavan, India     Kham, Tibet   The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes.  – Frank Lloyd Wright      Dubrovnik, Croatia      Jalalabad, Afghanistan     Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art. – Garso … Read More

via Steve McCurry’s Blog

Day 5 of the Chenrezig retreat and I haven’t posted a word…

Interesting that, isn’t it.

Well today’s visualisation ‘thoughts’ were of my being part of other’s lives – (though I loathe to say it for fear of appearing ego-centric) even an integral part of other’s lives – even when it’s just (literally) for a moment. Coz it’s all about moments isn’t it.

That’s who I am. That little spark. Not defined by that, just accepting that.

Two important Tricycle posts…

April 26, 2009
Tricycle’s Daily Dharma

Suffering Ends with Compassion

Compassion is the wish for all sentient beings to be free from suffering and its causes. Like love, this is generated on the basis of seeing everyone’s happiness and suffering as equally significant. Whereas there is a power differential in the case of pity, none exists when we have compassion. With pity, we see ourselves as being superior and with condescension and false care, have pity on those who we consider inferior to us. Compassion, on the other hand, is very direct and equal. Suffering is to be removed no matter whose it is, and if we have the opportunity to help in a small or large way, we will.

–Thubten Chodron, from Buddhism for Beginners (Snow Lion)


April 27, 2009
Tricycle’s Daily Dharma

Your Actions vs. Your Beliefs

When we ask what makes a happy and meaningful life, one problem that can arise is the tendency to respond with an answer that doesn’t really come from the heart. At such times the conscious mind has one answer and the unconscious has another, so we become conflicted. An easy way to tell if you suffer from such an inner conflict is to see how well your daily activities match up with your beliefs. If you say that family is important to you but somehow don’t find much quality time with your each week; if you say that spirituality is important but spend only a few hours a week engaged in spiritual practice; if you say that helping others is important but you can’t think easily of recent examples of your doing so, then there’s probably a significant gap between the beliefs you hold consciously and the unconscious ones that are running your life.

—Lorne Ladner, from The Lost Art of Compassion (HarperSanFrancisco)

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