June 2014

Finnish what you started – Ravintolapaiva (Restaurant Day)

By |2018-03-16T16:31:17+00:00June 17th, 2014|

For our first fundraising post of the Tibetan New Year we turn to Elina, Alex and Marika's Finnish Food Extravaganza - helping establish the tradition of food-based fundraising that Iza Redon started with her Bristolian fine dining last year. Over to Alex for the meat of the tale: It’s not every day that someone comes [...]

January 2013

A quarter of the way there. . . the Phurba of Space becomes the Phurba of Air

By |2018-03-16T16:31:19+00:00January 13th, 2013|

We are delighted to let you know that as at 31st December 2012 the total raised for Drala Jong stood at: £114,229.80 / Euro140,867.60 / $185,729.00 This is a wonderful increase and really shows the support which the project is receiving from across the world. This is 23% of the target total of £500,000 - [...]

August 2012

A Wish Fulfilled

By |2018-03-16T16:31:22+00:00August 12th, 2012|

Lama Shé-zér & I just returned from a week-long Ling Gésar retreat with Lama Bar-ché and Lama Mé-sèl at Talli Fageräng, outside Helsinki, Finland.  To date the Gésar retreats have focussed primarily on martial arts and the physical yogas, so it was a delight to help bring a different aspect of this gTérma into being.  After the formal dinner [...]

April 2012

Diggin’ it

By |2018-03-16T16:31:23+00:00April 22nd, 2012|

Well, we're back from the latest Apprentice Retreat here in good old Blighty, and although the event itself was nothing to do with fund raising for the project, various folk have been diggin' the Drala Jong fundraising effort one way or the other.  Nearly £2,000 has poured into the appeal as a result.  It's particularly [...]

November 2011

I can’t get no. . .

By |2018-03-16T16:31:24+00:00November 29th, 2011|

. . . satisfaction.  Well, not when trying to engage in fundraising anyway.  Like a home sick polynesian, I'm always left longing for Somoa (some-moa donations, that is. . . and yes I will keep making puns like that until we reach our target).  Still, with 8 of the 50 calligraphies sold at the special display-rate on [...]

Calligraphies – the Scorpion Seal

By |2018-03-16T16:31:25+00:00November 20th, 2011|

With the work of Ngak'chang Rinpoche, the calligraphy is not simply a brush-and-ink drawing.  Each piece carries seals and signatures, in unique combinations.  The most easily recognisable perhaps is the seal of scorpion is found in Tibetan calligraphy on the works of both Trungpa Rinpoche (see here) and some of the work of Ngak'chang Rinpoche.  Robert [...]

Tibetan Calligraphy

By |2018-03-16T16:31:25+00:00November 19th, 2011|

As next Friday's charity calligraphy sale at Aro Ling approaches, our thoughts are turning to focus fully on this modern art form (and of course to the sale itself).  Written words are sacred in Tibet because they carry the knowledge of liberation.  The scripts Ngak'chang Rinpoche uses are u'med and u-chen, and originate in part from [...]

October 2011

Ngak’chang Rinpoche’s calligraphy

By |2018-03-16T16:31:26+00:00October 22nd, 2011|

Ngak’chang Rinpoche (pictured above with Khandro Déchen his wife and two children Robert and Raechel) is a Lama of the Nyingma Tradition within Vajrayana Buddhism. Born in 1952 in Hannover Germany—of an English father and German mother—he is the great grand-nephew of Franz Schubert. He was raised in England—attended Farnham Art School—and later Bristol Art School, [...]

Sky signatures

By |2018-03-16T16:31:26+00:00October 15th, 2011|

We are delighted that Aro Ling Buddhist Centre (in Bristol, Great Britain) will be hosting a display of calligraphies by Ngak'chang Rinpoche on November 25th (start 7.30pm). The evening which will consist of a talk about 'sky signatures' and opportunity to purchase a calligraphy. All proceeds raised will go towards the Drala Jong Retreat Centre appeal. All of the calligraphies [...]

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