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).
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.
LIVELIHOOD: INTENT MATTERS
Business in weapons, business in meat, business in human beings, business in intoxicants, and business in poison were not appropriate livelihoods in the Buddha’s time and culture.
Now one must take a more appropriate view of livelihood.
Arms dealers profit from business in weapons . . . soldiers use weapons as tools to protect others.
Industiral farms cause suffering . . . butchers prepare food to alleviate hunger.
Pimps are slavers . . . adoption agencies find families for children.
Meth and heroin are dangerous poisons . . . marijuana is sold for medicinal and recreational purposes.
Chemical weapons are used to kill . . . pesticides (when used properly) are used to protect families.
Now it is not the title of the job that makes it inappropriate . . . it is how that job is engaged.
What we do matters.
ARMS DEALERS PROFIT
SOLDIERS DIE . . . ARMS DEALERS PROSPER
THIS HAPPENS ALL OVER THE WORLD
THE RISKS ARE CAUSALLY DIFFERENT
I bow with respect,
Greetings to all,
In Engaged Dharma the ideal of creative re-description often meets reality. This particular reality is that images of the Buddha are used to sell material goods, in this case it is Lucky Buddha Beer.
I engaged in some skillful re-description turning intoxicant containers into bottles of dharma. Paint the image of the Buddha, put a mixture of lemon balm and mint, grown in my own herb garden, dried and mixed by me into the bottle.
Then glue a card to the back with this dharani on it: May this home bring peace and prosperity to all those who enter. May all who enter experience compassion, acceptance and generosity within. May this home be a refuge to family, friends and strangers alike. Sva Ha 🙂 Spray with polyurethane sealer and fit a cork into the neck.
It becomes a ‘home blessing bottle’. Take it home, pull the cork, sprinkle the herbs while reading aloud the dharani. They are each unique.
$20 plus shipping. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
I bow with respect,