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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Great Dance Podcast welcomes Nadine Helstroffer--dancer-choreographer and Buddhist

Great Dance Podcast interview with Nadine Helstroffer

hosted by Eva Yaa Asantewaa and produced by Doug Fox of Great Dance Blog

10:26 am | link

Sunday, July 22, 2007

PSI DREAMS & CREATIVITY: ARTS/SCIENCE/LIFE : An Online Conference

PSIBERDREAMING CONFERENCE 2007

PSI DREAMS & CREATIVITY: ARTS/SCIENCE/LIFE

From September 23 through October 7, 2007, join some of the world's foremost experts on the subject of psi dreaming for two weeks of cutting-edge papers, discussions, workshops and chats. If you've ever had a precognitive dream, a lucid dream or simply an "unusual dream" that never quite made sense, this is the place for you.

Affordable for everyone, PsiberDreaming 2007 will be included free with new IASD memberships begun between August 1 and October 1, 2007. This annual conference is an international treat with participants from all around the globe.

CALL FOR PAPERS

Since it began five years ago, IASD's PsiberDreaming Online Conference has become one of the finest conferences available anywhere on the Internet: Reasonably priced and lots of fun.

This year's conference will be developed around a theme of Psi Dreams and Creativity in the arts, in science, and in daily life.

What are psi dreams? Experiences with precognition, retrocognition, deja vu, dream telepathy, remote viewing, mutual dreaming, psychopompic dreams, lucidity and psychokinesis all apply. Have you ever done creative work based on any of these experiences in your dreams?

PsiberDreaming conferences involve paper presentations, workshops, and other activities, scheduled each day of the two-week online conference. If you have an idea for a presentation, send a title plus a brief synopsis to conference co-hosts, Jean Campbell and Rita Dwyer at jccampb@aol.com, by July 30, 2007 or earlier.

Guidelines for online presentation will be sent to presenters upon acceptance of their proposals. Presenters must agree to answer questions and interact with conference participants for at least two days after their presentations are put up online.

Jean Campbell

Rita Dwyer

Complete information will be available at http://asdreams.org/psi2007/.

2:02 pm | link

Friday, July 13, 2007

Tibetan Buddhist Sand Mandala Ceremonies in New York

East West NYC Events
East West New York
 

SPECIAL EVENT

Friday, July 13th

Sacred Sand Mandala Ceremonies
MandalaJuly 18 – 22
Wednesday thru Sunday

A rare appearance by the Tibetan Buddhist Monks of Gaden Ngari Monastery, Mongnad, India

You are cordially invited to attend and enjoy the blessings during the sacred creation of a Medicine Buddha Sand Mandala at East West, over a period of 5 days. We are humbled and honored to sponsor and host these gentle artists as they chant, meditate and pray during the placement of millions of grains of colored sand into a magnificent picture of healing and enlightenment. The mandala will be constructed in the Café area. Seating will be provided for those who wish to meditate or watch the process.

The festivities will include:

  • OPENING CEREMONIES
    Wednesday, July 18 at 12 Noon
    The monks will play their famous ceremonial horns,
    dedicate the space and begin the sand mandala

  • PUBLIC VIEWING of the Mandala Creation Process
    Wednesday, 1 - 8pm
    Thursday, Saturday, Noon – 8 pm
    Sunday, Noon – 6 pm
    You will be able to watch close up and ask questions.
    A meditative and atmosphere will be enjoyed by all.

  • DAILY TIBETAN CULTURAL PROGRAM
    Wednesday thru Saturday, 6-7 pm

  • CLOSING CEREMONIES and PROCESSION to Hudson River
    Sunday, July 22, 6 pm

  • 24 Hour LIVE VIDEO FEED
    Displayed in our 5th Avenue front window. You can watch the progress of the mandala throughout the day from the street or come up to the café to see it in person.

  • CAFÉ SERVICES
    The café will be open during business hours for quiet meditation and reflection. Beverages and snacks will be served quietly from 11am – 8 pm. WiFi service will be turned off for the event so that a respectful and quiet atmosphere can be maintained during the creation of the mandala.

THE MEDICINE BUDDHA MANDALA
The intention of the Monks and East West during this sacred ceremony is to focus on healing for New Yorkers (in any respect needed) and for the healing of the earth’s environment. The monks engage in continuous inner spiritual practices during the mandala’s creation to imbue the finished mandala with these intentions. This in turn, permeates the surrounding environment, re-consecrating the earth and its inhabitants.

Tibetan medicine recognizes three basic types of illness, the root causes of which are the conflicting emotions -- passion, aggression, and ignorance and the lack of contentment. It is said the meditating on the Medicine Buddha will increase in healing powers both for oneself and others and a decrease in physical and mental illness and suffering. As they create the sand mandala, the monks will be meditating on the Medicine Buddha for the benefit of all sentient beings.

The traditional culmination of a sand mandala is its destruction to symbolize the Buddhist concept of the impermanence of all life. It is traditionally offered to the nearest body of water (ocean, river, lake) and in this case, the sands from the mandala will be carried in an elaborate procession with music and festivities to the Hudson River.

For more information on sand mandalas and this ceremony, please visit http://www.mysticalartsoftibet.org/ and click on Sand Mandala.

ABOUT SPONSORING THE MONKS
East West is deeply honored to sponsor the Monks and to make a donation to their monastery and work. This is tax deductible as a charitable donation through their US affiliate. More information on their history and work is at http://www.gadenngari.org/

If you would like to join East West as a sponsor, please contact Jan Mathews, CEO of East West Living. jan@eastwestnyc.com. Sponsors will be invited to private events with the monks to discuss Astrology, House and Business Blessings and Divination and Remedies. The monks will also have a small quantity of their handmade goods for sale at East West and all proceeds will go toward their work.

For press inquiries only please contact:
Alyssa@eastwestnyc.com

Sand Mandala

 
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1:52 pm | link

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Lighting the Way to Transformation

Highly recommended:

The Four-Fold Path of Transformation

Listen to this profoundly moving interview with Alexander Shaia, Ph.D. by Kelly Howell of Theatre of The Mind podcast.

"Alexander Shaia, Ph.D. walks us through the four-fold path of all spiritual journeys. These are universal passages that appear in mythology as the hero's journey, through ancient spiritual traditions and virtually all religions.

Dr. Shaia unravels the divine inspiration of this mysterious sequence, and links it to universal, spiritual and anthropological as well as modern psychological understandings. He demonstrates the value of this perspective to create faith-filled lives that are relevant and useful in a time that is much more complex than village life millennia ago."

Alexander J. Shaia, Ph.D. is an educator, psychotherapist, liturgist, writer and professional speaker. He is the founder and director of the Blue Door Retreat in Santa Fe, NM. He travels internationally, lecturing and conducting workshops and retreats on Quadratos, Jungian sandplay therapy, rites of passage, and Christian spirituality.

8:59 am | link

Monday, July 2, 2007

Living Voudou podcast
Speaking of Faith host Krista Tippett interviews Patrick Bellegarde-Smith--chairman of the Department of Africology at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.  Download their podcast on Living Voudou.
3:32 pm | link


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