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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.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Consider Summer...

...it is a functioning thing.

The second academic year of Diamond Mountain University has ended and things are much quieter. But fear not, there are many exciting things happening this summer at Diamond Mountain and other places (almost too many things). Venerable Elly has put together a list of where DM students will be teaching this summer. The list includes over a dozen events in at least four countries.

Teachers' Schedule

As many of you know already, Geshe Michael and Christie-la will be teaching the third installment of Je Tsongkapa's The Essence of Eloquence on the Art of Interpretation. The teachings will take place in Dharamsala, India (monsoon season, bring a boat) during the evenings. During the day His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be teaching A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life. A one-two

India Teachings Info

And of course, there will be lots of happening at DM including a children's summer camp and lots of down 'n' dirty building. We could always use a hand on the many summer building projects. If interested in volunteering, please visit the volunteer section of the Diamond Mountain website and sign up today.


Sunday, May 21, 2006

First AsanAthon a Big Success

Today before the start of the Tantric Course Series class, Will Duncan and Earle Birney organized Diamond Mountain's first ever AsanAthon. Special yogis and yoginis were sponsored to hold a yoga pose for 10 minutes in order to raise money for the DM campground. It was a huge success! Over $1800 was donated as a result of the yogis' hard work, sweet, and beet-red faces.

Here are some pictures from the event as well as some other photos from the day:


Sunday, May 14, 2006

DM on Dutch TV!

Starting last summer a Dutch television crew began working on a documentary about Geshe Michael and Diamond Mountain. They spent time at DM during fall term and seemed to have gotten a lot of footage and interviews (I even have a couple short cameos). Well, last week the show aired all over Europe and it's now available for viewing on the internet. I'm watching as I write this post so I haven't finished it, but so far it looks great! Here are the links:

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All thanks to the Buddhist Broadcast Foundation

Friday, May 05, 2006

Service Day 06-01

06-01? For those not familiar with the DM labeling system (no, I don't mean mental images), 06-01 means term 6, event 1. In this case the first service day of term 6. Projects included building trails for the three year retreat. Working on a retreat dome, and dismantling a yurt. Not only was it a great work day, but we concluded the work with dinner and a community meeting. The main topic of the meeting was water in the desert. Bart Hiatt spoke about our situation and what we can do about it. His ideas are many and detailed. He's posted oodles of information on his website. And Bart is looking for help, so send him an email, bart@bartswindow.com. We also got an update on the next building at DM, the student union. Designs are already being finalized!

The next Service Day is this Tuesday and will be followed by the mid-term party in Willcox, dinner and a movie.

More Diamond Mountain Photos at Flickr