Thursday, July 28, 2005


Originally uploaded by dalbhat.
Finally i had the chance to visit Sudeshna's school and her wonderful students at the newly named Shikshamitra, which translates into "friends of learning." We begun the day with songs and I taught two English classes using techniques I picked up in Japan. They really would enjoy any materials for the school if you can contribute. They especially need a full time English teacher!!

Sudeshna Sinha
c/o Shikshamitra
Ananda Flat 7H & 5G
116 Southern Avenue, Kolkata 700 029 INDIA

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Weekend at Ushagram

Originally uploaded by laura35blue.
USHA means dawn and GRAM means village. Ushagram was developed as a model for rural development in india and besides beng a spiritual center based on the ideals of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo, has incorporated a variety of programs to bring self-confidence and training in alternative technologies to the youth and women of surrounding villages.

This photo shows a water filtering system which is used in conjunction with the batik and dyeing center. We also saw the jute production center, handlooms, pickle production site, vermi-composting, bee keeping, rain water harvesting and an organic herb garden.

Ushagram has asked us for help in testing the soil and water for arsenic, a common problem in rural West Bengal. They also hope that they can find new and diversified markets for their jute and batik handicrafts. They always welcome visitors and are looking forward to learning more about sustainable farming practices.

Monday, July 04, 2005

Tibetan Volunteers for Animals

Originally uploaded by dalbhat.
Friends who recently visited Dharmsala for an extended period of time brought me back this t-shirt dedicated to animal's rights and the 70th birth celebration of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

It is by a group called Tibetan VOlunteers for Animals ( and the saying on the shirt in Tibetan was translated like this,

"While we torture animals by eating meat still we are praying with our prayer wheels. This is not real Dharma, this is the style of artificial Buddha." Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok

We always need to keep striving for our ideals and values -- to be more truthful to ourselves.