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September 23, 2009

Dzongar Choede Monks Make a Sand Mandala

By Jennifer Hathaway

In March of 2009, the monks toured Vancouver, Canada and created a Chenrezig Sand Mandala at the Dr.Sun-Yat-Sen Gardens over 5 days. The video of the process and discussion of the meaning of the mandala are a wonderful thing to see.

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In March of 2009, the monks toured Vancouver, Canada and created a Chenrezig Sand Mandala at the Dr.Sun-Yat-Sen Gardens over 5 days. The video of the process and discussion of the meaning of the mandala are a wonderful thing to see.



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Mother of two adult children, freelance artist with fine works in private collections in 20 US states, 7 European countries, Africa, China, and Japan, concerned citizen of the US. Overreaching corporate controls of food, housing, clothing, medicine, transportation, information, and education have been a serious concern of mine for decades. Consequently I've spent a great deal of time studying and practicing self-sufficiency/ removal from "the grid". I no longer have credit cards, I raise my own vegetables and chickens, am an herbalist, a reiki master, a shiatsu practitioner who's worked with people with serious illnesses for more than a decade, as well as an ordained minister [I call myself a shamanist because it's the closest description of what I do, not because I'm from Tibet]. I've worked in construction for many years, and I've spent some time beating dead horses on the subject of independance from corporate control and learning to live a life of value as opposed to one of dehumanization. My message to surburbanites: rototill your front lawn, grow vegetables, put up solar panels, stay home more often, make things for yourself, and cut up your credit cards. Live your life as if truth, honor, and love were the most important things. The corporate culture would have us believe that we owe someone rent for the privilege of being on the planet, that some pigs are more equal than others, that it's important to be royalty- as opposed to noble- and that happiness is available for purchase. I spend a lot of time trying to figure out the truth of things.

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