April 2013

Fundraising Dinner – Saturday 11th May – Bristol

By |2018-03-16T16:31:18+00:00April 1st, 2013|

Art and appreciation are limited only by our human imagination.  Art permeates all the sense fields, and as Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche first taught, also encompasses fine dining - the poetic expression of our most basic human pursuit - eating and drinking. With this in mind, we cordially invite you to join French Chef Iza Redon [...]

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 - [...]

September 2012

A reminder of what it’s all about – Kunzang Dorje Rinpoche

By |2018-03-16T16:31:20+00:00September 25th, 2012|

I found the following via Facebook, and felt supporters of the appeal would enjoy it.  To my knowledge it was first posted here, but regardless of its first posting, we present it here so more people might see it. Kyabjé Kunzang Dorje Rinpoche knew the gö kar chang lo'i dé, its history, lineages and practices . [...]

Camera for sale (Thank you Dad!)

By |2018-03-16T16:31:21+00:00September 16th, 2012|

Just a quick post to tell you that there is a nearly new Fuji digital camera up for sale on e-bay at the moment - kindly donated by my father, Cliff Watkins, member of the Beckenham Photographic Society. If you want to bid, act now - after some costs are covered, all profits will go to [...]

June 2012

Green Man Challenge

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

On Saturday June 30th - fifteen apprentices and friends of the Aro Tradition will be undertaking the Green Man Challenge as a sponsored walk to raise funds for the Drala Jong Appeal. The Green Man Challenge follows the 45 mile course of the Community Forest Path around the city of Bristol. We will be undertaking the challenge as [...]

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 [...]

February 2012

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 [...]

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