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The Diamond Mountain Blog

This is an unofficial blog of news and info from Diamond Mountain University and Retreat Center which was founded by Geshe Michael Roach and Lama Christie McNally in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition of the Dalai Lamas.

Sunday, November 07, 2004

New Look, New Info

Welcome back to the blog. Over the term I had a great number of people tell me how much they appreciated this blog and how it helped them arrive at DM. So, I have to keep it going. It's a real pleasure for me too.

The term ended two weeks ago and things have really quieted down at Diamond Mountain. This past week Venerable Elly began leading a Lam Rim retreat (daily schedule). Each day they have four meditation sessions, a yoga session, some rest time, and meals. I've been hearing great things. It is an open retreat and anyone who wishes can join in for a part, even a single meditation for just one day. She's really leaving it open.

Some work is being done on the land too. The bagged earth house is getting finished. And Bliss just completed an amazing painting at Jamyang House (the main classroom/temple). Pictures soon.

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November 11, 2004 9:32 AM  
Blogger Evan Osherow said...

Lam-Rim Retreat Daily Schedule:
5:00–6:00 am. First meditation session at garage—jok gom meditation on blessing by lama
6:00–6:30 Tea and break
6:30–8:00 Yoga
8:00–9:00 Silent breakfast and break
9:00–10:00 Second meditation session at caretakers’ house—shar gom on class material
10:00-11:00 Tibetan class using De Lam
11:00–12:00 Silent study/cooking
12:00–12:30 Lunch
12:30-1:00 Cleaning dishes and house
1:00–5:00 Work service (and rest as needed)
5:00–6:00 Meditation—che gom on a concept from class or second meditation
6:00–6:45 Dinner and cleanup
7:00–8:00 Last meditation—Jorcho

*1.) JOK-GOM: Putting the mind on an object, such as a Buddha image. This is what people normally think of as meditation.

2.) SHAR-GOM: Review meditation - going along certain steps of an outline with one-pointed mind, so you know them backwards, forwards, in mixed order, etc. The steps of the outline are the object of meditation, which you review repeatedly in different ways.

3.) CHE-GOM: Analytical meditation - debating a concept with yourself. As a result of this, you will come to a conclusion, and then switch to jok-gom using that conclusion as an object.


Rules:

Silence all day except for classes and work. Talking outside is OK.
Conserve water—laundry for residents only not more than once a week.
Be mindful of using electricity and heat.
Don’t take things that don’t belong to you without asking permission first.
Don’t leave personal belongings in community space.

November 15, 2004 12:29 PM  

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