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The latest news stories and photos from Dharmalaya.


Dharmalaya Inaugurates Green HQ with Service and Meditation

PlasterfestBIR (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.

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Dharmalaya Hosts First Service Retreat

SanghaBIR (HP) INDIA: This month, the Dharmalaya Institute hosted its first service retreat program on its new Bir campus. Organised in collaboration with SanghaSeva, the retreat welcomed sixteen participants from eight countries for ten days of volunteer work, group activity, meditation, and contemplation.

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Sunday@Sunset: Compassionate Action

Chatral RinpocheMCLEODGANJ, HP, INDIA: Chatral Rinpoche, now 98 years old, is considered by many to be a living Buddha. On Sunday, 12 December, 2010, at 6:00 pm at KhanaNirvana Community Café, hear and discuss Chatral Rinpoche’s teachings with special guest Geshe Thupten Phelgye, member of Tibetan Parliament, along with Zach Larson, editor of the book Compassionate Action (2009, Shechen Publications).

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LandslideBIR, HIMACHAL PRADESH, INDIA: The Dharmalaya team returned to the building site of the Dharmalaya Institute after extraordinarily heavy monsoon rains to discover that mother nature had delivered a surprise.

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Rocking the Foundations

Foundations FilledBIR, HIMACHAL PRADESH, INDIA: Dharmalaya is pleased to announce the completion of the foundations for the Dharmalaya Institute, an eco-friendly service-learning campus in the foothills of the Indian Himalayas. The Institute is being constructed in a style based upon the traditional vernacular architecture of the area, known as ‘Kangra style’, using eco-friendly materials and non-mechanized building methods.

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Laying the Foundation Stone

FoundationsBIR, HIMACHAL PRADESH - Dharmalaya is happy to report that its team of village labourers has completed the digging of foundation trenches and laid the foundation stone for the first building of the Dharmalaya Institute.

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A Groundbreaking Event!

GroundbreakingBIR, HIMACHAL PRADESH - After a year of preparation, today the Dharmalaya team broke ground for the construction of a new, eco-friendly service-learning campus in the foothills of the Indian Himalayas. The ‘Dharmalaya Institute’ will serve as the base for our humble sustainable village development projects in the Himalayas and will also provide volunteer service opportunities for international visitors as well as programs for the study and preservation of traditional wisdom.

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