by Matthew Crowley On Saturday May 18 and Sun- day May 19, the Shumei Interna- tional Institute...
Category: Spiritual Centers
by Matthew Crowley On Saturday May 18, starting at 3:15pm, the Shumei International Institute...
Many of us are familiar with Dharma Ocean’s beautiful meditation hall through events hosted there by other local spiritual centers and community organizations. With its exquisite bamboo floor and immense wall of windows overlooking the Valley, the facility provides a serene, adaptable space for (shoes-off) gatherings of all kinds. Yet the qualities that make the hall inviting and appropriate for use by various groups also represent an important element in the teachings and practices offered through Dharma Ocean itself. The architecture’s Zen-inspired simplicity, in particular, reflects a welcoming openness that honors diverse spiritual traditions while presenting Tibetan Buddhism in a form accessible to contemporary Western sensibility. Founded in 2005 by scholar, author and teacher Dr. Reggie Ray, Dharma Ocean is a non-profit educational foundation.
While several of the many spiritual centers at the foot of the sacred Sangres de Cristo Mountains in the Crestone/Baca area have been in place for more than 25 years, 2013 is the inaugural year for the Camino de Crestone. The great pilgrimages of the earth—in India, Japan, Spain and England—are now joined by the world’s first full inter-faith pilgrimage here in our tiny international village.
Amid gorgeous country, Crestone now can invite people from every state and all over the world to experience a full range of authentic “paths of return”—the great traditions aspiring to their original inspiration here in the San Luis Valley.
In Crestone, three venerable yoga traditions are represented by highly adept, longtime teachers. Joann Connington, with more than three decades of yoga experience, has developed a Hatha yoga style based primarily on the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar and one of his students, Ramanand Patel. Annie Pace, also with more than 30 years of practice and teaching, is known as a lineage holder in the Ashtanga yoga tradition as passed on by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, with whom she studied in India for many years.
Following Shri Babaji’s example of love, simplicity and truth by Gussie Fauntleroy “Who can tell...
Listening to the Venerable Tsoknyi Rinpoche present aspects of Tibetan Buddhist teachings is akin to listening to a post-doctorate quantum physicist explain complex theorems in common everyday language that regular people can understand—and even chuckle about. That’s one of the distinctive qualities that make Tsoknyi (pronounced Sony) Rinpoche among the most beloved of contemporary Tibetan Buddhism teachers, especially among Western students, notes Crestone area resident Esteban Hollander. Esteban is executive administrative director of the Pundarika Foundation, which supports Tsoknyi Rinpoche’s teaching and humanitarian work. Esteban’s wife, Tressa Hollander, serves as Tsoknyi Rinpoche’s scheduling and travel assistant.
by Gussie Fauntleroy Anyone, regardless of language, culture, or religious background, can stand...
by Gussie Fauntleroy Kiara Perkins steps easily over uneven ground and through patches of crusty...
If you think of the history of humanity as a continuous process of collective maturation, we are now reaching the phase that in an individual would be called the coming of age, according to the beliefs of the Bahá’i Faith. Humanity is ready to put aside the divisions, conflicts, and limited identities that have characterized much of life throughout the millennia. Bahá’is around the world believe we are ready to come together in the awareness of our unity as a human community on a single path, ever evolving into the glorious potential that has been God’s plan all along.
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