Category Archive: Announcements

Science & Buddhism

There is a very engrossing article about how science can complement and enhance Buddhism. Founded about 20 years ago, the Sager Science Leadership Institute began to work with San Francisco’s Exploratorium and the National Writing Project to bring to life the Dalai Lama’s conviction that “all avenues of inquiry – scientific as well as spiritual – must be pursued in order to arrive a complete picture of the truth.”

Monks were taught how to write about science, leadership, and for enjoyment in monastic centers in India. They would write about topics as diverse as personal preferences, recipes, scientific phenomena, and languages while also teaching others about Buddhism. A sense of community began to develop and this further expanded the program in new directions.

This past December Associate Professor of English, Jessica Early, along with other instructors from Arizona State University and the Central Arizona Writing Project, took her skills to Dzongkar Choede Monastery in southern India to conduct several workshops on how to write about science.

Eventually, the efforts of the monks will be collected and published in an anthology, which will be shared with other monasteries. To learn more about this extraordinary project, see the full article here: https://goo.gl/fuJemF

Photo: Jessica Early

Happy Tibetan New Year!

Joy, luck, and prosperity await us as we enter into Tibetan Losar and the Year of the Earth Pig.

Originally, Losar was a festival that celebrated the good fortune of a fruitful harvest, but over time, as Buddhism seeped into Tibetan culture, the holiday took on a different meaning.

Tibetans will celebrate Losar for two weeks starting on the first day of the lunisolar calendar (usually in February or March on our calendar). Chhaang – a smooth and subtle relative of beer – is made into changkol. People eat guthuk, special dumplings filled with tiny objects with different implications. They also eat khapse (recipe here: https://goo.gl/qPrrvF), a deep-fried sweet.

Losar is an opportunity for people to get together with friends and family in anticipation of what the New Year will bring and exchange greetings by saying, “Tashi Delek”, which means “Blessings and be well”.

Spring Forward!

Are you ready for Spring? Shape up now, enjoy later! Our Bollywood classes begin February 3 at 11 am at India School in Bethesda at Thomas Pyle Middle School (deets here: http://theindiaschool.com/)

Valentine’s Day

Need to find that unique piece for someone you love? Check out our shop at http://bit.ly/YakYakYakNepal and take advantage of our Valentine’s Day sale, which includes stunning vintage pieces, updated traditional styles, bold and chic eye-catching wearable art, and more!

Vintage Tibetan Sterling Silver Fish Earrings

Yak Yak Yak Nepal on Etsy

 

The holidays are just around the corner, and we hope you’ll visit our shop https://www.etsy.com/shop/YakYakYakNepal?ref=shop_sugg on Etsy to discover unusual and rare vintage finds in the Buddhist and Hindu traditions, such as earrings, rings, cuffs, and more!  Our custom design series is a new expression of traditional styles worn in the Himalayas. Each piece is handmade and individual. We believe jewelry is never just jewelry, but wearable art with a meaning. Find that special piece for someone you love – or for yourself. Happy shopping!

We Love Yaks!! Yak Drive to Mountain Pastures with Mountaineer Legend Reinhold Messner on June 28

Come join this awesome event as mountaineer legend, #ReinholdMessner, leads a #yak drive to mountain pastures in #Sulden (Solda) in South Tyrol, Italy on June 28. Groups can meet up at the cable car in Sulden and enjoy this free event, which also features a mountain talk followed by an autograph signing for guests of the MMM (#MessnerMountainMuseum) at Ortles (with admission). For more info on the six Messner Museums, visit http://www.messner-mountain-museum.it/en/

 

Amnesty International’s Long Table Initiative for World Refugee Day on June 20

 

As a follow-up to our newly established partnership formed at the 1Journey Festival earlier this month, we had a very productive evening working with Arielle Newton, Mid-Atlantic Organizer, and Anashua Dutta of Amnesty International, along with an impressive group of activists to discuss ideas for expanding the grassroots movement on the #IWELCOME campaign for refugees. June 20 will mark International Refugee Day – We hope it will also be a day of meaningful dialogue and exchange about this issue, which affects each and every one of us. Stay tuned for how you can contribute and be part of the conversation of inclusion!

Celebrate Refugees at Washington National Cathedral June 2

 

Join us tomorrow, rain or shine, at the One Journey Festival at the Washington National Cathedral! Enjoy dance, music, food, fashion, activities for children and more! The event is free. We hope to see you at our performance of Himalayan and Indian dances and at our workshop. Come celebrate the talents and contributions of refugees from around the world. https://goo.gl/8z2G1t

One Journey Festival Kicks Off on June 2

 

Come be a part of the #1journeyfest on the lawn of Washington National Cathedral in Washington, DC. next Saturday, June 2. Join familiar faces from the world of fashion and cuisine as well as the arts. We’ll be there sharing #Himalayan and #Indian dance and storytelling #withrefugees. Plan to spend the day with us show your support and appreciation for these amazing people whose talents and skills enrich us all. To learn more about refugees around the world visit @refugeestudies of the University of Oxford on Twitter.

The Multidimensionality of the Refugee Issue

Refugees are often seen as a burden on society, however, we tend to ignore the multidimensionality of this issue. Refugees have a wealth of life experience, talents, skills, as well as resiliency. They can be, and are, contributors in so many areas. To ignore that potential is to bypass an opportunity to show our humanity, our compassion, and our desire for inclusivity. In short, the ‘refugee crises’ is, as this article states, more of a ‘crisis in response’. Come join us @1journeyfestival to share tales of hardship and joy, challenge and triumph. Witness some of the beauty and #culturaldiversity that refugees bring with them through the mediums of dance, music, food, and the arts. https://goo.gl/PdQis8