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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, November 14, 2006

Term Ends, Need Rest

That's right, Fall Term 2006 has come to an end. And as mentioned in a previous post the term was concluded by a ten-day Vajrayogini initiation. The ten days was absolutely magical thanks to many people's hard work. The DM executive board saw to it that everything came off perfectly, and it did. We had non-initiate volunteers that took care of us every minute of every day. They cooked two meals per day for over 130 people. They looked after children. And they did all those little things that needed to get done. Thank you so much!

As for the "need rest" portion of this post's title, that is in reference to the end of the initiation celebration. All were invited to come a party at the close of the ten days. And party we did until the sun rose over the eastern mountains. The entire experience was wonderful.

And on the 11th day Diamond Mountain rested.


Thursday, November 02, 2006

Ten Day Initiation Beginning

Starting tomorrow evening, November 3rd, Diamond Mountain will host a ten day Vajrayogini empowerment for those having completed the required studies. If you don't know what "empowerment" or "initiation" means ask me later. From a practical standpoint it means that all the participants will be camping at DM and keeping silence for the duration of the event. Food will be prepared and served by the few and brave non-initiates and all classes will be canceled.

Other than that I can't really say what's going to happen. As many learned from last year's empowerment anything can happen and it's best not to have any preconceptions or expectations. One thing was true for all involved last year, it was a powerful experience. That is all it's safe to expect about the upcoming days.

I'll be sure to post once we emerge. Send good thoughts.