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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.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Memorizing the Heart Sutra

Spring Term has begun and with it another round of study, debate, new meditations, and memorization. Over the past two terms students of Bok Jinpa IV and V have been charged with the task of memorizing the Heart Sutra, either in Tibetan or Sanskrit. This term, in Bok Jinpa VI, we will complete the task. As memorization aids I'm posting audio files of this sutra being chanted in both language. The Sanskrit, which is sung by Shri Mangala, made its internet debut in a previous post. And the Tibetan, I've just uploaded. It is a recording of the monks of Sera Mey Monastery. I've done some editing and slowed down the speed of the chanting to make it easier to catch the rapid Tibetan. Of course, you are wlecome to these files even if you have no intention of memorizing the Heart Sutra. I think they are just nice to listen to.

Sanskrit Heart Sutra - performed by Shri Mangala
Tibetan Heart Sutra - chanted by the monks of Sera Mey Monastery


Thursday, April 20, 2006

A Taste of Sera Mey

In celebration of the start of Diamond Mountain University's Spring Term I thought I would offer up this tasty video. I recorded this during my time at Sera Mey Monastery in the summer of 2005. Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Things Change: India 2006

As many of you know, plans this summer have been set for Geshe Thubten Rinchen to teach the third and final part of Je Tsongkapa's mind-blowing text, The Essence of Eloquence on the Art of Interpretation (Trang Nge). The teachings were scheduled to take place at Dagpo Monastery in Kullu, Northern India. However there has been a change. Due to Geshe Thubten Rinchen's continued struggle with tuberculosis he will be unable to teach this summer. In his place he has requested Geshe Michael to teach and Geshe Michael has agreed. Because so many people have already made arrangement for their India journey the teachings will be held in India, although the exact location is not yet known. Further information can be found at the Official Diamond Mountain Website.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

SP4: Relation Riddles Audio

Spiritual Partners 4 in Tucson is half-over and already the audio from last night's teaching is available for download. This installment of the Spiriutal Partners Seires is called "Relationship Riddles" and takes a look at 15 verses from Arya Nagarjuna's Root Text on Wisdom. The reading is also available to help us try to solve these vital verses.

Downloads at DMES.org

Update: Day 2 audio is now available at the above address.