Saturday, October 1, 2016

In Loving Memory of Nary/Please Post your Comments

Photo compilation by Laila Reiss

For Nary
No! Wait! Don't go yet What about the raspberries?
Will they taste as sweet?
We will think of you
In all the summers to come,
Their juice on our lips.
from Paula Barry on Facebook

'Uncle Nary' was so good with kids. Our little Goma Devi also had a sweet connection with him. They would check in and chat everytime they would see each other around the Gar or Khandroling. Goma keeps the little jade buddha, that he gifted her for her 4h birthday, on her bookshelf here in Hawaii.

When we first heard Nary was in the hospital dying Goma was sad, but today when she learned that he had left his body, this was her response: "It is fine. He is going high into the sky to receive many more teachings from the Buddhas now. And maybe he will come back as a little child." :) I love how Nary was able to enter everyones dimension - young and old. Have a safe journey.--Laila Reis

Goodbye this time around, Nary.

Nary Mitchell had a very beautiful and peaceful passage around 2pmSeptember 29, 2016, at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield MA. He was surrounded by his loving, warm and kind family and many loving practitioners. We shared stories of Nary's life, his childhood, his deep relationship with the earth, trees, oranges and things that grow, and his many incarnations - more warmth and sweetness could not have been asked for. We all sang the Song of Vajra after the life support was removed. Good journey our dear Nary. We love you still.  --Naomi Zeitz

Reflections on Nary:
Big Mind, Big Heart

I first got to know Nary through Santi Maha Sangha Base classes, although I'm not sure why he attended them. There was probably nothing I taught that he didn't already hold in that vast mind of his, which retained all knowledge. I also appreciated his sweetness, and how, in class when I'd move to calm his effusive outflow of information, he'd smile and gently acquiesce. I eventually understood how he balanced that tremendous energy of his brain with simple physical labor, quietly and continuously contributing toward the stability of our gar.

Although I miss his presence very much, I can only imagine his big heart and mind, unleashed from the restraints of his physical body. --Lynn Newdome

Nary helping us assemble the motor for the "Critter" our Hollander Beater
Photo by Jacqueline Gens, October 2012

From the outset of Khandroling Paper Cooperative back in 2012, Nary was a great friend to us. He was the brawn behind our operations assisting us in numerous demos and open studios, workshops and event set-ups. Over the years, I was able to share an ongoing conversation with Nary on some of my favorite topics--everything from conspiracy theories to alien societies. He was a fountain of esoteric knowledge borne out of voracious reading. 
Our KPC members loved hanging out with him. 

Nary on Lower Khandroling with KPC folks and visiting Nepalese artist Milan Rai,
Left to right: Nary, Sheryl Jaffe, Milan Rai and Kathryn O'Connor
photo by Jacqueline Gens

One of the last conversations I had with Nary was a consultation about an apricot seed from Tibet that Chogyal Namkhai Norbu had given me over a decade ago which Rinpoche said I should plant at Tsegyalgar. I asked Nary if that seed was still viable and he said that it could "awaken"  through a process of cooling it in the refrigerator and then peeing away the outer covering. We shall see. Nary's vision for the land was in the moment with his many creations and graceful attentions - a bent arbor supporting a fragile shoot;  a hugel kulture mound of glossy edible greens;  small magical edifices here and there bringing order out of a riotous New England landscape. Thank you Nary for your proliferation of inspired seeds in our midst. --Jacqueline Gens

THE DANCE OF THE THREE VAJRAS Led by Ed Hayes- Supervised by Prima Mai

Marilyn McArthur NEWEST ARTICLE on "Make Like a Human" in OVERCOMING MS

“Tiger! Tiger!” shouts the scout, and everyone drops what they’re doing, and they run for their lives. Tiger himself shows up in the fine little animation about meditation on the OMS website. In the mindfulness movement, Tiger represents the automatic stress response, which flairs in the face of real or imagined threat. By video’s end, Tiger is caged, if not tamed, by meditation."

EVOLUTION CREATIONS BY CHÖGYAL NAMKHAI NORBU for the New Gönpa of Dzamling Gar NOW Offered directly from Tsegyalgar East

Rinpoche’s words about Evolution Creations:

“As you know, we need to build a Gönpa here. It is very expensive in a real sense. We need to make money. Sometimes I am asking all of you to participate and make an offering. And when I ask people that, everybody is participating. It is really wonderful. Even if you have no way to make anything but a small offering, no matter how small it is, it is very, very important to participate, and for centuries and centuries your name will remain in this Gönpa.
For my own part, what I can do myself is to make something like necklaces, and this is what I have been doing lately. As you see they are always selling. But I am not just making necklaces, bracelets, and key chains. They are also for protection, because I empower them with mantras and with the supreme protection, which is contemplation. I also add precious stones with the five colors to harmonize and coordinate the five elements that we all have. If there is more of one color, like yellow or green, it means I concentrated more on the protection of Wözer Chenma or Green Tara, for example. And you should know that the protection cords I make for cars or motorcycles can also be used to protect your house or in any other way to protect you from negativities.”


With the Jewels empowered during the Drubchen of Mandarava 
for the New Gönpa of Dzamling Gar

The Jewels Empowered by Rinpoche during the Drubchen of Mandarava on February 2016 at Dzamling Gar are available now--From the 26th of September to the 16th of October at 9 PM (USA Time)
Enjoy the Jewels at:

"The Jewels empowered by the Drubchen of Mandarava can be very good to you for having protection of all negativities and manifesting of all prosperities. Tashi Delegs." (Chogyal Namkhai Norbu)
Rinpoche offers us His wonderful jewels as a fundraising opportunity for the New Gonpa of Dzamling Gar, giving all of us an chance to participate and enjoy.

We have the possibility to offer for the jewels, writing our name and amount offered on the website with no minimum or maximum limit. We can offer as much as we wish and as many times as we want. The one who offers the highest amount by the end of the 3 weeks of the ¨Evolution Creations by CHNN with the Drubchen Jewels from Tsegyalgar East", ending on Friday the 16th of October at 9 PM (USA Time), will take the jewels home. 

Participate on EVOLUTION CREATIONS BY CHOGYAL NAMKHAI NORBU and be part of the history of our Dzogchen Community.  Your participation represents an active building block for our Future Gonpa of Dzamling Gar!!!

To read more, visit a previous post here

Friday, September 30, 2016

Let's Help this Tibetan Kid Out/ An Appeal from ASIA

Sonam is a young student recently graduated from high school. He was born in a village and just left it to begin one of the most important project of his life: to undertake the university to become a translator into Tibetan language.

Sonam is a very careful guy: he placed third among the best students in the Hainan High School and in this way he was able to apply for Central University for Nationalities.

He has experienced a tough life story: he has lost his father at 7 years old and his mother got married a second time but she was unable to look after him. He has been living with his grandma who is very old and can not afford to pay for his studies.

Funds for his first months at the University have been collected by the inhabitants of his village - which softened by Sonam’ story and proud to have such a brilliant student among them - wanted to give at least the beginning of this experience.

There is an obstacle to his future: he has no one else relative but his grandma who can not afford to pay for his studies.

Together we can give some help to Sonam and students from high schools and universities as well. ASIA give the opportunity to young Tibetan students to continue and conclude their own studies through scholarships.

Let’s give him a chance.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Khaita Dancers to Perform at the Festival of the Hills on October 2, 2016

Khaita is really the bridge for people who are outside the Dzogchen Community. We have Vajra Dance and Yantra Yoga and, of course, there are some parts that you can present to the general public, but with Khaita you can bring the teaching outside the Community without saying a single word about meditation, practice, or spirituality. You can reach many people with Khaita and pass along the messages that are in the songs: messages of peace, evolution, and collaboration. We can pass along all these messages through dance.

Adriana Dal Borga reprinted from the Mirror

To read the full article, visit here

The Khaita Dancers of Tsegyalgar East will be performing next at the Conway festival of Hills on October 2, 2016  

Khaita Dancers will dance in the parade at the Festival of the Hills. The parade leaves from OESCO across Route 116 from the Schoolhouse at 1pm, and runs for about 1/2 mile.

Fire on the Mountain: Nary Mitchell in his Own Words

Just last Wednesday, Nary wrote the following to Ingmar on her Facebook message: 
I have felt that my time and skills were a poor repayment for the precious teachings that I received from CNN!...Since when can you get such is so rare that i have wondered many times why I have been so fortunate to be alive at this time and, why it has seemed almost effortless for me to do projects for this community...I could never repay what I have been blessed with...That is a personal opinion of course..after I met Norbu at OZ I met many other teachers within the next 10 years so I realized that at some point in my previous lives I had been a serious practitioner and clearly I was on a powerful path and that it would do me well to pay attention to what was manifesting around me!!!

Nary on his knees polishing the ground cement floor of the massive 
Universal Mandala on Khandroling

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Update on Nary Mitchell

The following message was received from Jeremy regarding Nary Mitchell who has now been been admitted to Baystate Springfield, 413-794-0000, Medical ICU.

Photo by Jacqueline Gens, Joe Zurylo, Yuchen Namkhai and Nary on Lower Khandroling farm, 2014

Dear friends, 
I want to try to let as many people as I can know what is going on with Nary Mitchell. I found him roughly 6 hours ago having trouble breathing, unconscious, unable to wake him up. He was taken to a hospital and the doctor there said that he has bleeding in the brain and will most likely not make it. He has been transferred to another hospital.
Nary is currently on life-support and awaiting the arrival of family members. According to doctors he will not survive going off life support. Numerous friends and practitioners are with him singing the Song of the Vajra.  

Nary was working on Rinpoche's cabin roof when he collapsed. A dedicated and hard worker, Nary excelled in permaculture, building maintenance, and numerous creative expressions of his love for flora and fauna. 

Nary working on the Vajra Hall 

A jovial friend to all and famous for his lengthy conversations on ANY topic, we are with him at this time.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Khandroling Updates

Photos by Kathleen Fekete

Currently, the crew of volunteers to repair the roof of Rinpoche's cabin and the Thogal cabin-- primarily Jeremy, Nary and Jeff Smith, continue to work during these cooler days. 

Here's a photo of the new chimney thanks to Jeff Smith taken by Jeremy the other day.

Photo by Tsegyalgar Geko, Jeremy

Our most remote cabin- the Thogal Cabin is located at the top of the road, a 15-20 minute walk from the bath house. It is a large cabin, with extra inflatable mattresses up to four people could stay here on the first and second floor. The road leading to this cabin is not accessible by car, however the geko can transport practitioners and their luggage to this cabin with the ATV.

Amenities Include:
Two story retreat cabin: first floor has kitchen, wood burning stove, and large living room space. Second floor has a single bed, table and altar with a large rug for practice space.
Single bed, pillows and blankets
Basic cooking utensils, dishes, pots and pans
Gas cooking stove
Kitchen table
Jugs of potable water
Fire pit in yard

Next up is the road paving schedule beginning on October 3rd, 2016 and will continue until October 10th, 2016 on the road leading from the parking lot up to the land at Khandroling. No cars will be allowed up the road during this time. The gate will be locked.   

Paving the Road from the Parking Lot to the Vajra Hall:
The road construction is an important project that will facilitate the presence of vehicles up to the Vajra Hall and many other kinds of equipment needed to maintain the infrastructure on Upper Khandroling. 

For those of you who have already supported this project, we are grateful. Further donations are still needed to complete this work. Please make your donations here online . 

Mary Gilliand Delivers Introduction to Poet Gary Snyder at Cornell University

[Left to right Gary Snyder, Christopher Dunn, Mary Gilliand, and Gen Snyder]

To kick off their 2016 Fall Lecture Series at Cornell University's Cornell Plantations, Pulitzer-prize winning Gary Snyder delivered the lecture "Scholars, Hermits and People of the Land" to a full house on August 24th in Call Auditorium, Kennedy Hall. (see video below).

Mary Gilliand, a long time member of the Dzogchen Community delivered the lively and moving introduction to Gary Snyder following Christopher Dunn's introduction. Now in his 86th year, Gary Snyder is an iconic poet at the forefront of ecology and poetics.

In an essay published in A Controversy of Poets, Snyder offered his own assessment of his art. “As a poet,” he wrote, “I hold the most archaic values on earth. They go back to the late Paleolithic: the fertility of the soil, the magic of animals, the power-vision in solitude, the terrifying initiation and rebirth; the love and ecstasy of the dance, the common work of the tribe. I try to hold both history and wilderness in mind, that my poems may approach the true measure of things and stand against the unbalance and ignorance of our times.”
--Reprinted from the Poetry Foundation page on Snyder

Listen now.......

Gary Snyder at Cornell Plantations from Cornell Plantations on Vimeo.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Fire on the Mountain: One, Two, Three Candles - Ingmar's Story

Ingmar Pema Dechen -Visionary Artist

"Life is interesting and wonderful. Our little living room practice circle, every Saturday morning is one expression of one candle at a time.

Practicing together with S.  and me here in Mississippi are Zen practitioner H, and Zen practitioner, local teacher and yoga instructor M. Both plan to become welcome card members of the Dzogchen Community in 2017.  
My heart wish is they will both go forward to attend many events and retreats of the community in the future. R, who became a member of the community two or three years ago now, drives over on a weekday from Louisiana every couple of months and we practice together. She works on weekends.
The one candle, two candles, three candles for me is the homey way -- a kitchen cup of tea and some practice in the living room. With webcast transmissions of direct introduction and lungs, this is possible, simple, and tucks into any cultural circumstance, in any age and circumstance."

Ingmar is a long time practitioner and member of the Dzogchen Community. She has listened to EVERY webcast by Chogyal Namkhai Norbu since 2005. She recently became a member of the Khandroling Paper Cooperative and has donated many original paintings for future Community fundraising. She also collaborates on the Mansion of Elements project by matching her original art of astrological animal/element combinations to our annual Losar poems. She is now working on the Fire Rooster for next year.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

One Stroke and Big Brush Workshop Presented by Khandroling Paper Cooperative, October 23, 2016

Khandroling Paper Cooperative is pleased to offer new member Kichung Lizee's workshop on Eastern Calligraphy:

Empty Hand, Empty Brush
A contemplative immersion into
East-West brush painting

Eastern calligraphy is a type of meditation and also a discipline in centering--starting from the correct postural alignment of the spine, to preparing calligraphic ink, holding the brush correctly as an extension of the arm, and executing the brush stroke in oneness. Learn how to sense your internal energy through Qi-Gong and Tai Chi exercises and apply this awareness to free-flowing calligraphic art. This workshop offers a unique opportunity to integrate mindfulness and creative expression. Experienced artists and beginners welcome!

When: SUNDAY, October 23, 2016, Time 10:00 AM 4:00 PM 
WhereYellow Schoolhouse at Tsegyalgar East (in the Library)
18 Schoolhouse Road, Conway, MA (In the Library)
CostRecommended donation: $50-$90 or donate according to your financial circumstances
Pre-registration required: Contact Jacqueline at 413-522-1125 or

[Making first stroke followed by big brush]

Kichung Lizee is a Korean-born American artist and Buddhist practitioner who uniquely blends Eastern calligraphy and Western thematic materials. She has taught and exhibited internationally and curated many exhibits bringing together Eastern calligraphers and Western artists. She was honored with a special award in 2008 at the Seoul International Calligraphy Biennale, Korea, and has been a featured artist at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA, the Jordan Schnitzler Museum of Art, Eugene, OR, and the Turchin Center for Visual Arts, Boone, NC.

Works by Kichung Lizee can be viewed at 

Travel by Car to Tsegyalgar

From the South:
In Massachusetts take I-91 north to exit #24 for Deerfield/Conway. Turn right off the exit ramp on to Rts. 5 & 10. At the 3rd set of lights take a left on to Rte 116 north. Follow Rt 116 ten miles uphill into the center of Conway. Continue on Rt. 166 through the center of the village and past Bakers' convenience store on the left. Continue up the hill a short way. Where Rt 116 curves right, take a left onto Maple Street and another immediate left onto the very steep Schoolhouse Road, where you will see Dzogchen Community welcome sign. At the top of the hill you will see the Yellow Schoolhouse.

From the North:
In Massachusetts take I-91 south to exit #25 for Deerfield/Conway. Take a right off the exit onto Rt. 116 north. Follow Rt 116 ten miles uphill into the center of Conway. Continue on Rt. 166 through the center of the village and past Bakers' convenience store on the left. Continue up the hill a short way. Where Rt 116 curves right, take a left onto Maple Street and another immediate left onto the very steep Schoolhouse Road, where you will see Dzogchen Community welcome sign. At the top of the hill you will see the Yellow Schoolhouse.

[Photo by Jacqueline Gens of Kichung Lizee showing us her "MU" scroll 
(seed syllable for emptiness) during one of our workshops]

Monday, September 19, 2016

COMING SOON: Fire on the Mountain, Practicing Together at Tsegyalgar East in Your Own Words

Summer 2016 on Khandroling by Kathleen Fekete

I am currently writing  a story "Fire on the Mountain: Practicing Together at Tsegyalgar East.

One of the aspects of our July 2016 Summer Celebration I was impressed with was the presence of small enclaves of Community members from all over the US/world who have met for years to practice together--most not associated with any particular Ling or Gar who navigated to come together this summer at Tsegyalgar East.  I'd like to add to this article a few quotes from people who would like to comment on their experience in this regard. 

Photo by John Shannon of offerings for Fire Puja offering on Sunday, September 17, 2016 on Khandroling

I am also looking for quotes about personal experiences practicing on Khandroling since many people over the years past and present do retreats on the land. Cabins are booked from May through late November. Tell us what it means to you. 

In my experience here at ground zero and that of many others who live close to Tsegyalgar East, there is a largely unacknowledged pool of individuals who collaborate day in and day out, practice together and support many projects year after year. We are the ones who keep the home fires burning, so to speak. 

Photo by John Shannon of Simhamukha fire puja on Khandroling, September 17, 2016

And then too there are the many live webcasts that bring us together both with Rinpoche and with Tsegyalgar East thanks to our Geko Jeremy who is skilled at this and dedicates himself to cover most pujas through-out the year. . 

Thanks as ever for your participation, your support  and your voice. I  look forward to hearing from some of you. Let's celebrate the unique richness of our community here and everywhere!

Detail of flames surrounding the outer circumference of the Universal Mandala on Khandroling

We are the flame that melts conceptual mind
We are the flame that protects the indestructible mandala 
We are the flame that dances in the fire
We are the flame that kindles endless compassion
one candle at a time


Photo courtesy of Rosemary Rawcliffe

Jacqueline Gens
Tsegyalgar East

Chöd Retreat with Naljorma Tsultrim Allione at Dzamling Gar, October 20-21, 2016


Our US  Dam trog sister  Naljorma Tsultrim Allione, will present the practice of Chod on October 20-21, 2016 at Dzamling Gar, the main seat of the International Dzogchen Community.   
Chöd is a powerful practice for these difficult times, working in a direct way to cut through ego-clinging. Chöd has been called “the totality of all the teachings.” The Chöd taught and practiced during this retreat will be the Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Chöd which came to this great Dzogchen master in a dream. Chöd is a unique blend of a native Tibetan tradition, the Buddhist tradition of compassion and emptiness, with roots in the Prajnaparamita teachings, the Pacification of Suffering from Phadampa Sangye and the Longchen Nyingtig Chod ‘Strong Laughter of the Dakinis’. This centuries-old practice is sung and is accompanied by the use of a traditional Chöd drum and bell. Healing comes when fear, fixation, and self-clinging are cut through, based on nurturing not fighting what assails us, giving rise to the awareness of the empty nature of afflictive emotions.

Naljorma Tsultrim Allione

Naljorma Tsultrim Allione is founder and resident lama of Tara Mandala. She is author of Women of Wisdom and Feeding Your Demons. Born in New England to an academic/publishing family, she traveled to India in her late teens and was ordained as a Buddhist nun at the age of 22 by H.H. the 16th Karmapa. She was the first American to be ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist nun in the Karma Kagyu lineage. After living in the Himalayan region for several years she returned her vows and became the mother of three, while continuing to study and practice Buddhism, particularly focusing on the lineage of Machig Labdron and Dzogchen teachings. In 1993, Lama Tsultrim founded Tara Mandala, a 700-acre center in southwest Colorado where an extraordinary three-story temple in the form of a mandala, dedicated to the sacred feminine in Buddhism has been constructed and consecrated.

SCHEDULE (to be confirmed):

Teaching: 9:30am - 11:30am & 2:30pm - 4:30pm
+ evening practice 8:30pm

(with usual Dzogchen Community Membership discounts: Ordinary / Welcome Card - 50, Sustaining - 30, Meritorious - 12)


Friday, September 16, 2016

Jim Raschick Died on September 14, 2016 on the Big Island of Hawaii

There is also the possibility to contribute to a fund for Jim's 'End of Life' Expenses HERE.

Thank you for your many kind messages and the tributes to the beautiful person that he was.

Here is a video from the Shang Shung Institute Archives that Jim recorded: Early Dzogchen Community 1985

May his journey continue to be luminous.

Best wishes,
Dzogchen Community Hawaii


Jim was like a brother to me, and indeed was a dear Dharma brother since our meeting at the Dzogchen Community's Father's Day retreat at Starseed Ranch on the Big Island in 2012, where it seemed instantly like we had known each other for lifetimes.
This photo is from Summer 2014, after a retreat with Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche at Khandroling - The Land of the Dakinis in Massachusetts. Jim kindly drove me all the way from there to Jersey to see my family -- on a whim of course, in his usual whimsical way. On the way, we managed to stop in NYC just in time to sneak in to the musical tribute for Pete Seeger at Lincoln Center with three of my sisters.
Jim was always up for a spontaneous trip somewhere. Now he's done it again, big time. Dancing ecstatically until he went "Beyond the Box of Space and Time" (in tribute to the theme of his book*). May his journey be forever blessed with love, peace, joy, harmony and beauty. To his total liberation. <AAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaa

Reprinted from Jillian's Facebook

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Khorde Rushan Practice with Michael Katz

November 5th-6th, 2016.
Santi Maha Sangha
Tsegyalgar East, Schoolhouse Gonpa, Conway, MA
Inner Rushen Practice
with Michael Katz
To participate you must have received transmission from Chögyal Namkhai Norbu.

"Being conditioned by the delusive appearances of the mind and By thoughts without having any control over them constitutes the karmic Vision of Samsara. Abiding in the state of pure instant presents or Rigpa constitutes nirvana “
Chögyal Namkhai Norbu from "The Precious vase"

Dzogchen Rushen practices are profound techniques of separating our dualistic mind from our Natural state, so as to gain confidence in recognizing and continuing in the natural state.

Saturday November 5th:
10am-12:30pm; 2:30- 4:30pm Rushen of the Voice

Sunday November 6th:
10M-12:30pm; 2:30-4:30pm Rushen of the Mind

Michael Katz has a doctoral degree in psychology from New York University. He is a long time student of Tibetan Buddhism and has studied with many of the great masters of this age. 

He is the co-author and editor of the book "Dream Yoga and the Practice of Natural Light" with Chögyal Namkhai Norbu. He is also the author of the book "Tibetan Dream Yoga the Royal Road to Enlightenment" as well as the novel "The White Dolphin."

Michael a Dzogchen Community SMS meditation instructor was authorized to teach dream yoga and meditation by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu. He has subsequently taught for two decades in more than 30 countries internationally as well as Harvard University, Amherst College, Tibet House and other institutions and organizations.

He was featured in the discovery channel's program "the power of dreams " and the first "gateways of the mind" conference in London, as well as a documentary movie called "Tamara's sacred journey" after leading a group to sacred caves in Tibet in 2010.

Suggested Donation: $100/Full Course, $60/day, $35/Session

Jim Raschick's End of Life Expenses

Please support the GoFundMe campaign to  cover Jim's end of life 
expenses by visiting here.. 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Jaroslav Rudolf Majer - September 10, 2016

Jaroslav Rudolf Majer, “Jaro” to his many friends from all races and creeds and from all walks of life, passed away in Brooklyn on September 10, 2016.

There were many facets to this complex human being who, on his Facebook page called himself “a lover and a fighter for what I love,” although I rarely saw him fight. His writings and his discussions were invariably deeply philosophical. In February of 2003 he wrote, “For me, the Void is the unifying principle. The Void is the subtlest essence of all material nature, free of the duality of subjects and objects, as well as positive and negative, but pervades all subjects and objects as their power to be….” Later he wrote, “…[All that I experience is…Love on display in glorious manifestation, and this is the pulse that I dance to as I skip to each moment’s passing.”

And now the moment in time that was Jaro’s short life has passed and he will be sorely missed for his sweet, loving nature, his freewheeling, fun loving ways and his ability to expound on all manner of philosophical subjects. As a friend said, “He was a very intelligent person, striving hard for enlightenment…” Perhaps he is reveling in something like enlightenment now, leaving behind him a void. Those of us left behind mourn his loss.

Rose Marie Prins (Jaro’s mother) Reprinted from the Mirror, International Newspaper of the Dzogchen Community

[Photo by Rosa Marie Prins, February 2015]

Friday, September 9, 2016

DCA Member, Miranda Shannon Interviewed By Business West on the Challenges of Parents who Homeschool their Children

[Photo by Olympia Shannon AKA Oly on
 Khandroling at the Universal Mandala]

The Shannon Family, long-time members of Tsegyalgar East and beyond are the proud parents of five extraordinary and accomplished kids all of whom have been home schooled. In the following article Miranda is interviewed. To read more, continue here.

[Top left to right--Uma, Max, Liam, Tatiana, Oly--
Bottom--Mom and Dad-John and Miranda Shannon]

Basho’s Pond: Lotus Leaves, Frogs and the Spirit of Transformation. Art Installation and Exhibit of Handmade Paperworks by KPC/DCA Member Sheryl Jaffe

WHEN: September 4-October 22, 2016

OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday September 10, 2016,  5:00 PM - 8:00PM

WHERE: Easthampton Arts Walk
Mill 180 Park, Easthampton 413-527-0311
180 Pleasant Street, Easthampton, MA 01022

Furu ike ya --Old Pond 

kawazu tobikomu --Frog Jumps in
Inmizu no oto --Sound of Water


This famous Haiku, written by Japanese Zen poet, Matsuo Basho (1644-1694) is the inspiration for this colorful, provocative art installation. Out of the timeless serene summer twilight of the old pond comes the “kerplunk” of the frog’s splash. As the Buddha changed with noticing the morning star, we can be transformed by the “kerplunk” of the frog. The lotus is known for its purity and beauty that is born from the mud and muck of the world, frogs are living reminders of rain, fertility, transformation and rebirth. Their well-being is closely linked to that of our environment. Amphibian means 2 lives, (one on land and one on water), most of us have at least 2, some of us many more. Our brains carry the memories from one part of our life to the other and it can be challenging to move through these many lives. Frogs are a great metaphor for these transformations; eggs to polliwogs to froglet to adult frog.

Transformation is the thread that connects and repels. As living beings we change, grow and are transformed by events, relationships, emotions, experiences. Change is constant, this is both difficult and refreshing. In my studio practice I engage with plant fibers that are transformed by heat, water, movement, color and me. These paperworks are all made of plant fibers, they will continue to absorb the moisture in the air, the ambient light and the mood of the viewer.

This old mill is being transformed, this Park is becoming a place of shared experiences, laughter and conversation, music and art, meeting of minds. I am fortunate to be involved in the nourishing life of the people and the plants here. Sheryl Jaffe is an artist, papermaker, swimmer and teacher residing in Ludlow, MA.