Showing posts from May, 2011

Khandro Tsering Chödrön's passing...

'One of the greatest women masters in the Tibetan tradition, Khandro Tsering Chödrön passed away on the 30th of May 2011 in Lerab Ling. Sogyal Rinpoche and Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche were both present at the moment of her passing where she showed all the signs of attaining the final accomplishment of a great Dzogchen practitioner'. Via dear Kristina TurnerWall Photos May she bless us all.By: Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Seven Line Prayer (Wyl.tshig bdun gsol 'debs) also known as The Seven Verses of the Vajra. The invocation by which Guru Rinpoche came into this world.
Hung! In the north-west of the land of Oddiyana, In the heart of a lotus flower, Endowed with the most marvellous attainments, You are renowned as the “Lotus Born”, Surrounded by hosts of dakinis. Following in your footsteps, I pray to you: Come, inspire me with your blessing!

Farewelling beautiful Michelle Fawdon...1947 - 2011

Sadly, many of us are saying farewell to one of Australia's most gracious and gifted actor/singers, Michelle Fawdon....

Michell'es stellar performance as Mary Magdalene in Jim Sharman's 'Jesus Christ Superstar' (1972)  will never be forgotten by those who saw her.

She received acclaim for roles in both film and television, including receiving two AFI Awards. Michelle was equally celebrated for her roles in Australian Theatre.

Photo: In friendship: janice slater, evie pikler & michelle fawdon (1980's )

Michelle played an important  part in so many of our lives. Not only through sharing her artistry but through her beautiful qualities & friendship. She was a great advocate of the arts in Australia and directly influenced my own life through inviting me to participate in The Women & Theatre Project (1980).

We will never forget  you Michelle.

Journey mani padma hum om mani padma hum om mani padma hum...

The exuberance displayed by Michell…

An Interview with Julia Day

Jan.s:   Julia...we've only met recently although we live in the same location.  Your reputation, as a formidable drummer ...preceded that meeting... by a few years. I'm interested in knowing what lead you to living outside of Sydney?

Julia: Well there were a few reasons, I was feeling kind of burnt out from Sydney I guess and I'd lived in share houses and was completely over it! I decided like everyone else at the time eleven years ago to take advantage of low interest rates etc and buy land and build a house. That move to create my very own space was the beginning of a momentous stage in my life (the adult stage lol ! ), very challenging, overwhelming and very lonely at times, but of course that was all mixed in with the change that was occurring in me. Ultimately knowing people in the area was helpful and as you know, you and I live in a place rich in culture with lots of artists and eventually that became a great comfort to me.

Jan.s:  Yes I agree. Julia, you…

Service Dogs Make Dreams Possible! by Carol Willoughby

“I wouldn’t change my life for anything now!” What would inspire a person living with a disability to say this? I've discovered a single powerful answer time and time again--a service dog.
A highly-trained devoted service dog makes all the difference. Each remarkable canine partner can transform differing abilities into possibilities. Service dogs are often trained to fetch everything from a leg brace, to the telephone, to a dropped pencil. Still, the most important thing they can bring their partner is self-confidence. New dreams--even those never considered before--suddenly seem entirely possible.
My own dream began more than fifteen years ago. It started with a simple yet profound question: "How can I bring other adults and children with disabilities the chance to realize their dreams?" Finding an answer became my passion. It was the single most important reason for establishing Saint Francis Service Dogs.
Behind it all was my first service dog, Booker. A …

Celebrating all Mother Sentient Beings

As we celebrate Mother's Day I am sending my wishes to honour all mother sentient beings  that they too, are loved and nurtured in return.

I found this beautiful post and wish to share it with you...

'It is said that all beings have at one point in time been our mothers, having cared for us with selfless beauty and having made endless sacrifices, protected us, nurtured us, and also supported and enriched us. Through time immemorial, through the various combinations and permutations of the manifestations of karma, all beings have been, at any given point in time, our mother'.