Monday, November 30, 2009

Xalapa



We spent a nice day out yesterday, driving from Puebla to Xalapa to look at land for the hospice project. The land really is beautiful, about 45 mins drive from the city. Flat, with many mango trees but also space to build. The director of the project, Salvador did a great job finding it. We are a bit short of money for the total price, so I go into negotiations tomorrow - please add the Mother Tara Hospice into your prayers! On the way back, we experienced absolutely beautiful cloud formations and I tried to capture it, hope you can understand a little of the beauty from these photos:

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Puebla Mexico

I was invited to teach at the biggest university in Puebla today. Over 100 people attended the talk on the Art of Happiness which lasted for nearly two hours. I gave some practical hints for people without Dharma knowledge and particularly I am now recommending meditation for beginners as a way of understanding their behaviour and how to change. Tomorrow night I speak to a new Buddhist group in Puebla, then Sunday we travel to Xalapa to look at possible land for the hospice project. Wednesday the retreat at a Christian Monastery starts. Then Cancun from the 8th December....

Friday, November 20, 2009

Beautiful Barcelona

The news from Spain

Just a short blog to tell you what has been happening, before I fly to Mexico on Sunday. As you may know, I was invited to Barcelona to speak at a conference organised by the International Coaching Federation. The conference hosted participants from all around the world. I was the first speaker, which made me feel nervous, as my talk was from 11am until 2.30pm. However, from the beginning, the audience made it very clear that they understood and appreciated the tenets of Buddhism and we had a good time working out how to use those tenets in business. Fernando, who had organised my participation at the conference, was also on stage with me and helped enormously to translate what I was saying into something the coaches would appreciate and understand.
I have also been meeting with business leaders trying to help them increase their people-managing skills.

I know this is a bit backwards, but I forgot to mention my time in Shambala Retreat Centre which is situated in Scotland. Nearly two weeks passed very fast, as I was busy most of the time. The house is really in a beautiful location looking on to a bay and very close to Findhorn. I enjoyed going over to Findhorn and finding out about how they manage the Foundation and their activities. If you have time for a retreat or you are looking for a Buddhist course or even something like yoga or tai chi, I would definitely recommend Shambala be placed on the list of good places to be! Thank you to all the staff for taking care of me so well while I was there.

Unfortunately, Venerable Tsering fell ill and has had to return to India. I would like to say a very warm thank you to him for all his hard work. It was sad to lose him but I also understand travelling so much is stressful and does not suit everybody. I don't know if I will be able to find somebody else so capable of being an attendant, as Tsering's English was excellent and he is a fine monk, but I hope in future my karma will produce another attendant. I had some tests recently on my wrist and unfortunately it is not healing very quickly, so I need to be very careful when travelling that I don't injure it. In Mexico there are so many kind people willing to be of assistance, so I think that will not be a problem at all.

So, thank you all for reading my blog and for trying to put Dharma into practice and I look forward to meeting you all somewhere in this world, sooner rather than later. With much love, Namgyel.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

New meditations on Mp3

Hi, i just found out one of my kind students has put many meditations on Podomatic, so here is an address so you can find them:

http://breathinginpeace.podomatic.com

Monday, November 2, 2009

Mexican Schedule-onto Helsinki

Many people have been asking for the 2009-2010 schedule, so here it is:

Mexico November 2009 to March 2010
30th November - 7th December: Puebla
10th December – 20th December 2009: Cancun
27th December – 3rd January 2010: Zitacuaro
7th January – 15th January: Huatulco
19th January – 30th January: Guadalajara
3rd February – 14th February: Durango
17th February – 20th February: Aguascalientes
23rd February – 28th February: Guadalajara
4th March – 7th March: Zitacuaro
11th March – 24th March: Xalapa. Leaving Mexico
1st April – 10th April: Helsinki