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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.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Essence Teachings Begin

Here in India we are heading into our third day of Geshe Michael and Lama Christie's teaching on The Essence of Eloquence, and I must say, these classes are remarkable. Each class consists of the review of the Mind-Only School's system (played by Lama Christie) and line-by-line coverage of this thrid section of the text (taught by Geshe Michael). It is so cool! I've never seen the two Lamas teach like this and I dig it. Geshe Michael's portion is a very monastic and precise approach the way Geshe Thubten Rinchen would present the material and it feels like the way Geshe-la has always wanted to teach.

The teachings are being recorded and will be available for download in three weeks. I will make sure to post at this blog when that happens.


Saturday, June 24, 2006

Reporting from India

That's right we're in India, McLoed Ganj to be precise. Most people in the Diamond Mountain group have arrived during the past week and a few more are still on the way. It's like a dream seeing all these great DMers in the home of Tibetan Buddhism.

Today began His Holiness the Dalai Lama's teachings. The book being covered is Master Shantideva's A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life, chapter 9. It's quite a scene. There are people from all over the world, some veteran Buddhists, some brand new. I would estimate about 3000 people in total.

On the 27th begins Geshe Michael and Christie McNally's teaching on The Essence of Eloquence. Maybe I'll finally figure out what the Mind-Only School means by "existing by definition."

I'll be sure to post more updates as the party continues.


Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Diamond Mountain Taiwan! India Updates.

Strange title, I know, but it may be true. We've just received a letter from the group on the Asia tour and there's a lot going on. In the digital postcard we get news about:

  • the success of the tour in both Taiwan and Hong Kong
  • news of a possible DM Taiwan, wow.
  • changes in both location and dates of the India teachings
  • fundraising news
  • and much more
Go and read it. It's an exciting time to be a Diamond Mountaineer.