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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.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Tucson Service Day

This coming Sunday is the third and final community service day of Winter term. The standard work usually includes various methods and locations of dirt transportation at DM, but not this week. This Sunday the service day will be held in the Tucson community. 150 DM students will descend upon the fair city and help out for a day. Many of the projects include working in adult care homes; things such as teaching some gentle chair yoga, painting nails, performing, or just chatting with those who can't get out and about. Another project for the day is dishing out pizza to the homeless in one of Tucson's parks. And yet another service will be decorating paper bags as a fundraiser for the Tucson AIDS awareness community.

If you've got a job in mind, or you want to sign up please contact Earle (shunyata at vtc.net) or Connie (cjmob2001 at yahoo.ca) ASAP.

See ya in the big city.


Saturday, February 09, 2008

Retreat Valley Work Week, March 3 - 9

Here's the common scenario.  People from all over the world journey to Diamond Mountain for the university term.  Five weeks of Dharma tornado occur and then... they all disappear as quickly as they came.  This leaves only a handful of people on the land to do the grunt work.  Not this time.  Following this Winter term Diamond Mountain will hold a work week in the retreat valley.  That's right, work on the future sites of the three-year retreat.  Anyone who's anyone will be there, even Geshe Michael and Lama Christie will be sticking around to get dusty.  Every hand is handy.  Come and join the party.


Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Geshe Michael and Lama Christie, Get to Know Us

Geshe Michael and Lama Christie have just put out a very personal, educational, informal interview in which they cover many of the frequently asked questions that they've received over the past few years.  Get to Know Us is quite neat.  You get a lot of history of the Geshe degree, Tantric studies, women Lamas, Diamond Mountain, China and Tibet, and of course some interesting facts about the Lamas.

I especially like how the interview doesn't hold back regarding questions and seems to always answer the next query a reader might have.  It's a great way to get your "how come's" fulfilled.


Saturday, February 02, 2008

Winter Term Begin, Service Days Pics

Yes, winter term, when only the strong survive, it has begun.  On Monday Jan. 28th Diamond Mountain University's 11th term began.  Already we've had our first community service day of the term.  These are the days when everyone gets out of the classroom, pokes their heads out from behind their laptops and digs in, sometimes literally.  So many projects took place yesterday that we couldn't capture all the action.  But we did get a few snapshots of Lama house work, tree trimming, food prepping, and trench digging, and sign painting.