Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Tree Frog by the Pond

We heard it loudly proclaiming its presence (looking for a mate?) several weeks ago but we never saw it until recently. I ran into this little guy while I was transplanting some pots over the weekend. (A few more pictures.)

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Compassion and Enlightenment

I didn't get tickets to hear His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama, speak at UCSB on Friday, but I was able to listen to his talk on Ethics for Our Time, via the internet broadcast on KCSB. (The talk on Nature of Mind is also available via KCSB.org.) Then on Saturday, I was blessed with the experience of watching the group of Tibetan monks who had been working on a sand mandala all week, take the intricate design apart during a beautiful dissolution ritual. Photography wasn't allowed inside the museum so I only have photos and this video of what happened after the monks left the building:

Here is one photo but there are a lot more on our photo page.(My video is very shaky because I was so excited and wasn't using a tripod. There are some great photos of the sand mandala and a really good video on Nooshawk.com.)