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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.

Friday, July 07, 2006

India Teachings Conclude

9 classes and 18 Indian bus rides later, the teachings have come to an end here near Dharamsala, India. Attendees have already begun disperse to where they are most helpful in the world. I'll be heading back state-side soon myself and I'll be sure to post updates from the AZ desert to let you know what's been happening back at Diamond Mountain.

We'll try to get the audio online as soon as we can. Stay tuned to DMES.org. It'll probably be in a little over a week from now.

Thanks to everyone who made these teachings possible, most especially Christine Sperber and Ben. They made miracles happen.

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4 Comments:

Blogger nordron said...

Dear Evan,
Don't have your email but just read online about terrible bomings on Mumbai trains killing hundreds today, and in Srinigar, Kashmir. Since your friends were talking of going there, I feel they should know that within a month there was a warning from US Embassy not to travel as tourist buses had been attacked. BBC says,

Kashmir capital rocked by blasts
At least eight people have been killed and 30 wounded in a series of grenade attacks in Indian-administered Kashmir's summer capital, police say.

Seven of those killed in the five blasts in Srinagar were tourists.

In one incident, suspected militants threw a grenade inside a tourist bus, police chief SM Sahay told the BBC.

No group has said it carried out the attacks. Tourists, returning to the state after years of violence, have now been targeted four times this year.
At least eight people have been killed and 30 wounded in a series of grenade attacks in Indian-administered Kashmir's summer capital, police say.

Seven of those killed in the five blasts in Srinagar were tourists.

In one incident, suspected militants threw a grenade inside a tourist bus, police chief SM Sahay told the BBC.

No group has said it carried out the attacks. Tourists, returning to the state after years of violence, have now been targeted four times this year.

Security has been tightened across Indian-administered Kashmir and police are searching vehicles.

The biggest of the day's attack took place by Dal Lake in the heart of Srinagar when a vehicle carrying tourists from the Indian state of West Bengal was attacked.

"As we were passing Dal Lake, a round object was thrown in from the window," one of the victims, Shambhu Dutta, told the BBC.

"There was a huge explosion," Mr Dutta, whose wife Purnima was also injured, said.

Three of those killed were women. Twelve people were injured.

The second attack took place in the city's Regal Square - a busy market area in the heart of Srinagar - which left four people injured.

One person was killed and 11 people, including two children, were wounded in two other attacks which followed soon after in the busy Lal Chowk area.

July 11, 2006 9:06 AM  
Blogger nordron said...

Apologies, meant to push "PREVIEW" and edit but must have pushed "PUBLISH."

July 11, 2006 9:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Links links. Watching watching. Watching everyone watching everyone else, I see some are even "laughing hysterically". What has love got to do with anger insult and laughing hysterically? If your child was ill seeing snakes crawling on a window ledge and he was hurting himself, would you gather with your friends to take the mickey and laugh hysterically?
Love can be expressed in many ways, so can malice, the eloquence of ego. The question is do I want to encourage understanding and healing or cultivate anger arrogance ? Sarcasim and hysterical laughter will not engender people to my cause and are a reflection of my own state of mind.

July 12, 2006 5:28 AM  
Anonymous chee said...

Dear Friends,

I am an open minded guy, I have read stuff from GMR and the anti-GMR people.

I think it's important to hear the 'truth' from the horse's mouth and then decided from that, whether a person is good or not, rather than to quote this or that authority, and then make your decisions based on those authorities. I also respect those authorities, but the bottom line to the check the lama personally, rather than to rely on someoneelse.

Most of the unconventional people that I know in history are also thought to be 'crazies'. Jesus was put to death for his beliefs, yet millions are following him today. The catholic church has killed a lot of people as heretics, witches for their believes etc. Buddha was crazy for saying that there's no creator god or a soul etc.

I am not saying that GMR is equal to the Jesus or Buddha. All I am saying is that just because other people think he is crazy, don't make him a crazy. We still have to check him out for outselves.

I have no realization, but i have some experience in buddhism having studied it for 25 years. And I find that GMR's teaching is very solid. The only 'iffy' bit is the consort. If we remove the 'consort' from the picture, than his teachings are wonderful teachings.

For me that's great cause I don't really care if the teacher has 2 heads, is green in color, has a consort, is a beggar, a muslim, wears a robe, is naked, or a millionair etc. What's important is the teaching, does it hold water. if it does, then i will respect that teacher.

For me, GMR is one of the great teacher in this present time, I think his teachings are very relevant for us in the present world. And i consider him to be one of my root guru.

regards

July 12, 2006 6:16 AM  

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