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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, March 19, 2006

Upcoming in Tucson

I'm sorry to do this to you, but I will be out of commission for the next four weeks. That means no updates until mid-April. It's painful, I'm sure, but retreats are an important part of this path and I must do it (I'm also quite pleased to do it). But I will not leave you readers in the dark. As of today, here is what is planned for Tucson, pre-Spring term.
  1. Spiritual Partners IV: April 14 and 15, 7:00 - 9:00 PM, location still unknown. The fourth installation of the Spiritual Partners series on how to a) get a partner, b) keep them, and c) be happy with them, all using the principles of karma and emptiness. This will most likely be continued with further studies of Arya Nagarjuna's String of Precious Jewels. Previous teachings' audio available at DMES.org.
  2. Geshe Michael, Christie McNally, and Krishna Das: April 16, 2006 - I have no idea what this is about but it's slated. If you are unfamiliar with him, Krishna Das is well known kirtan singer and chanter as well as teacher in numerous spiritual tradtionas. Sounds exciting.
  3. Yoga Studies Institute, Tibetan Heart Yoga Series IV: April 16 - 19, the fourth in an amazing yoga series that includes ancient practices that have not been seen publicly in hundreds of years - more info here.
Stay posted to the events page of the Diamond Mountain website for updates.

See you soon.


Friday, March 10, 2006

Spring Term Regristraion - Now Open

As of this evening online registration for Spring term 2006 is now open. There are some new and interesting courses and study groups available as well as your old favorites. Some new offerings include Asana Yoga Teacher Training, Chinese Meridians and You, and The Hidden Path of Dance.

Register Now


DM Takes Manhattan

Ferenz has come through once again, this time with photos of the recent Worldview events in New York City. There are some fun images of the Diamond Mountain family in the big city including some remarkable pictures of Anatole Nguyen demostrating yoga asanas in the Hath Yoga Pradipika class.

Thank you Ferenz!

link to photos


Thursday, March 02, 2006

Learn the Tibetan Alphabet by Video

Now you can learn the basics of Tibetan the way nature intended, in front of a computer. These two videos were recorded in 1998 and teach total beginners how to pronounce, recognize, and read Tibetan. They are outstanding. I've been studying Tibetan for four-ish years and I've never seen a better resource for Tibetan beginners. The videos are so good that I even recommend more advanced Tibetan students to go back a watch these every month just to make sure your foundation is strong.

I've uploaded these two large files to Archive.org where you can either download them or stream them. Here are the links to the web page for each:

Tibetan for Beginners 1
Tibetan for Beginners 2


Geshe Michael and Christie in NY Magazine

I just got an email from Chapman Case linking Time Out magazine which features an small article and interview with Geshe Michael and Christie. It gives some background on the two interviewees and discusses the growing yoga interest in the west. Thanks Chapman. Link to article.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Register for India

The summer is on its way, can you believe it? This also means that the teachings with Geshe Thubten Rinchen in India are fast approaching as well. If you are planning on attending please help out the organizers and register. All manner of other useful info is on that page as well, like travel info, a bio of Geshe Thubten Rinchen, and even biographies for all the translators.