Col. Olcott’s Flag – by WR-C


Like all things are interconnected and interdependent, so too do the colors run together.

Blue: Spirit of Compassion

Yellow:  The Middle Way

Red:  Realizations of Practice

White:  Purity of the Dharma

Orange:  Wisdom of Buddha’s Teaching



Greetings to all,

Here is another assembly art piece I’ve made.  It is an OM Window Hanger.  Found the letters at a local non-profit resale store and the vintage glass chandelier crystals at an estate sale.  The letters are dark green and hand wired together, the crystals are also hand wired.  The OM is self explanatory.  The three crystals are reminders of our vow to the Three Jewels (or Refuges), the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha.  When the sun passes through the crystals the light is broken up into mini-rainbows that fill the room beyond.  It is approximately 17 inches long, 9 inches wide with an eye hook for hanging (check out the pics).

I make these for the enjoyment.  I sell them for the cash so I can do more for others by making more.

$60.00 plus shipping to wherever it ends up going



During a recent trip Mary and I found ourselves in Pagosa Springs, Colorado staying at the SOCO Motel.  Chris and Krista, both friends of the owners Autumn and Colin, and now friends of ours told us of a Buddhist monastery outside of town.  They offered to take us there on a beautiful Sunday morning.  After nearly 25 miles of dirt road we were at Tara Mandala.  We were greeted at the door by the icon above and by Sarah, one of the practitioners.

Led by Lama Tsultrim Allione, Tara Mandala is dedicated to the awakening of a compassionate heart through manifestation of Tara, the female Buddha of compassion.

Bodhi, the facilities manager took us on a tour and told us about the land and spaces.

Mandala Stupa.  Many items left here as personal offerings (the oddest was an orange clay pigeon for skeet shooting).

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The 21 Taras.



View from the third floor balcony of the main temple space.


In Pagosa Springs, Colorado there are two things you should do.  Visit Tara Mandala and stay at the SOCO Motel.

I bow with deep respect to the folks at the Tara Mandala, Sarah and Bodhi especially, and to Autumn, Colin, Chris and Krista at the SOCO Motel.