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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.

Sunday
May272012

Dharmalaya Inaugurates Green HQ with Service and Meditation

plasterfest

BIR (HP) INDIA: After a marathon rush of construction activity through the winter, Dharmalaya held its first programmes in the new (and still-unfinished) main building of the Dharmalaya Institute. Over thirty participants from ten countries made the journey to Bir for the occasion.

Read the whole story on the Dharmalaya News page 

Tuesday
Jan172012

Growing Skyward

Raising the Roof of the Dharmalaya Institute

When we left you with the season finale cliffhanger last June, we had just bundled up our baby building with prayers that she’d survive the monsoon rains without a roof. That was asking a lot from a big mud sandcastle, and we put her fate in the hands of a few well-fastened tarps, some slate shingles at the tops of the walls, and a whole lotta flax husk in the mud plaster in which we dressed her up for the occasion. Well, the monsoon was merciless: It was the longest and heaviest in recent memory at nearly four months of battering downpours. But it turns out flax is up to the task!

Read the full story at the Earthville Blog »

Thursday
Jun092011

Monsoon Update

Zen and the Jazz of Green Building in India

The biggest news on the construction of the Dharmalaya Institute is in regard to our race against time to get the roof on our baby building before the onslaught of the monsoon rains this month… and the update is that, well, we couldn’t win, so we’ve done our best to change the game.


Read the full story on the Earthville Blog »

Thursday
Mar312011

Earthville Orchards Slideshow

A few lovely pix from the Earthville Orchards at Dharmalaya Institute in Bir. 

Saturday
Mar262011

Planting a Vertical Orchard

Transforming a Landslide into a Garden of Fruity Delights

This week, during our first service retreat program (see news article) on the Dharmalaya Institute’s new Himalayan eco-campus, we had a precious opportunity: our friends at SanghaSeva brought sixteen wonderful, hard-working volunteers from all over the globe to work with us, so we figured this was the time to take on a couple of major projects that could only be done with that kind of person power.

Read the full story at the Earthville Blog »