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The Dharmalaya Blog

While our News page reports on the biggest stories in Dharmalaya, our blog gives you a wider window into life and work at Dharmalaya, from a more personal perspective.

We hope you enjoy our blog, and we invite you to share your thoughts in the comments section of each story.


Autumn 2018 Season Begins with Reflections on Compassion

After the invigorating monsoon season, autumn is a natural time for reflective engagement as we return outdoors to work with the earth. Dharmalaya Institute’s autumn 2018 programme season began with a five-day silent meditation retreat, led by mindfulness trainer Ellen van Iersel, which set a contemplative tone. We then welcomed a lovely new group to embark on a nine-day Compassionate Living Intensive workshop-retreat, in which we explored a diverse range of possibilities for reducing our harm footprint and expanding our help footprint.

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Himalayan Pilgrimage: An Architect's Reflections on Her Internship at Dharmalaya 

Editor’s Note: Anujna, an architect from Pune, recently spent some time at Dharmalaya Institute for the Internship in Vernacular Eco-Architecture. She wrote about the experience on her blog and kindly allowed us to republish her eloquent story here.

Himalayan Pilgrimage, Part I: Dharmalaya

When I look back on my summer study travels, often it is the flavor and tenor of those places, light and coziness of spaces, people, their pasts and so many interlinked stories, that fill my heart with some unknown affection, as though I have spread my roots into those places and people, as though they are very much part of my being…

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Putting Meditation into Action with SanghaSeva

Friends new and old from all corners of the globe (five continents!) came to Dharmalaya to participate in our fourth annual SanghaSeva retreats. As usual, we were feeling like family by the end, and mountains were moved — both outside and in.

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Now That I Know You, What Is Your Name?

Smiles all around at the close of our second annual silent meditation retreat with SanghaSeva.

It’s always fascinating to spend a week with people without hearing their voices, and then finally get to ‘meet’ them, while having a sense of already knowing them in a way.


Shakti Man

We don’t know what’s more amazing — the way this gentleman climbs the electric pole to string up the wires, or the fact that it only took them a week from the time we submitted the application for our new electrial connection.

Of course in the long term we hope to be able to use solar power as much as possible, once we can raise the funds for photovoltaic panels. Meanwhile, we’re happy to be able to turn on the lights.