See the NY Times article: Yoga’s New Wave about Yoga to The People studio in NYC http://nyti.ms/cS9Mtj. Article asks: Donation Classes v. Superstar Yoga. “Is [Mr.] Iyengar the Bono of yoga?” Donation is a good model if you have a large student population and an adequate savings account. Dana is a always the preferred method of compensation. Learn your Sanskrit words! Click on the link. Maybe I need a “Tip Jar” on my website. With 6 studios in Woodstock alone (population approximately 5000) how many students can one expect to come to class?
April 25, 2010
April 15, 2010
There is a bet out on how many students will show up at 10 instead of the new class time 9:30. Come on time and make one saavy better (and me as teacher) happy…
SUNDAY CLASS STARTS AT 9:30
DEVASTATING EARTHQUAKE STRIKES NEAR CHOGYAM TRUNGPA’S MONASTERY
Buddhism 101. OM. Even as Yogis, you should all know who Chogyam Trungpa is and why he was important to Buddhism in the west. Then please support the rebuilding and relief effort in his home monastery. Here is the latest news on the disaster there.
A huge earthquake struck Jyekundo yesterday, the closest city to the Surmang Dutsi Til monastery, where Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche was the supreme abbot before leaving Tibet. The initial quake of 7.1 magnitude was followed by several aftershocks of magnitude 5 or more. Most communications with Jyekundo are now down but first reports indicate heavy damage and large numbers of people killed or injured. Reports say that possibly as many as 90% of the homes in the city have been destroyed. Trungpa Rinpoche’s brother, Damcho Tenphel Rinpoche, often resides in Jyekundo. It is not known if he was in Jyekundo at the time of the quake. He was not living in the city a month ago. At this time, it is unknown how the monastery itself has been affected. There are confirmed reports that buildings at nearby Thrangu Monastery have collapsed, and several people have died there.
The Konchok Foundation — started by Chogyam Trungpa’s eldest son, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, his widow, Lady Diana Mukpo, and others to rebuild the monastic college at Surmang and provide support there — is gathering information on the disaster. Also working to gather information is the Surmang Foundation, of which Lee Weingrad, a senior student of Chogyam Trungpa, is the director, which provides medical care in the region. Both organizations are setting up funds for disaster relief and will work closely with people in the region.
Trungpa’s Books I recommend:
- Journey Without Goal
- Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism
- Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior
- Meditation in Action
April 4, 2010
Sunday, April 4, 2010
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm EDT
Mountain View Studio
20 Mountain View Avenue, Woodstock
It’s a simple idea: Gather people together and sing a continuous OM as a meditation for peace. On Easter Sunday April 4, 2010 at 6:00 PM EDT, people, all over the world, who want to give expression to their wish for peace will gather in groups to join in the sound of many voices singing as one in an extended OM. Each person, as a meditation on peace, sings their own note at their own rate guided by their breath. Within the group this builds an exquisitely beautiful, rising and falling, subtly changing, continuous chord. Many voices resonating together in one sound.
People of all faiths and beliefs are welcome. No musical experience is necessary only the willingness to add your voice for peace to the sound of OM.
This is the eighth year of this Event, organized by Baird Hersey. Last year he heard from people all over the country who had participated. Please forward this to anyone who might be interested or your mailing list. And PLEASE let us know how it goes.