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One month  of mystery in the Maha Kumbha Mela

One month of mystery in the Maha Kumbha Mela

story & photos by William Howell Eons before archeology, deep in the mythos of Mother India, the goddess that is the River Ganges requested the saints of Bharata to restore her waters to purity.  Since then, such melas every third year have drawn saints, sadhus and sannyasins to bathe at four time-honoured sites in northern […]

Who We Are – Tilly Reed: Working for humanity, coming home

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Who We Are –  Tilly Reed:  Working for humanity, coming home

by Gussie Fauntleroy Here’s some hard math: Journalists in the small West African country of Liberia earn about $60 a month. A bag of rice costs $40. Someone offers a reporter $10 to print certain “facts” in a story, or to not print the story at all. This is the kind of impossible calculation Crestone […]

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Thich Nhat Hanh returns to Vietnam

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Thich Nhat Hanh returns to Vietnam

article & photos  by Larry Calloway Thich Nhat Hanh’s return to Vietnam in May for a retreat followed by a United Nations conference was a triumph for his “engaged Buddhism.” Not only was his global influence evident at the conference, but he and 400 retreatant-delegates (most of us Westerners) were warmly received on a dramatic […]

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Floating the Grand Canyon

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Floating  the Grand Canyon

by Thomas Cleary Living beneath a narrow slice of sky for 16 days and nights is a magical experience not to be missed and never to be forgotten. Floating Our group of 14 pushed off from Lee’s Ferry, AZ in 4 rubber rafts and one cataraft, plus 2 inflatable kayaks, heading 225 river miles to […]

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A journey to China

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A journey to China

by Robert Demko In June of this year I spent the month journeying in China and Tibet with two separate groups, the first designed to see the sights of eastern China and the second intent on helping schools, villages and clinics in eastern Tibet with financial and physical aid. When I asked Kizzen about submitting […]

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Taking school supplies & community services to Tibet & Lhasa

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Taking school  supplies & community  services to Tibet & Lhasa

by Robert Demko My journey to eastern Tibet, the Cham area, and Lhasa was not a tour, but rather an adventure into the hearts of people and my own heart as we shared not only material assistance, but our deep personal experiences. I traveled with 5 others, one American, a doctor, and four Australians, all […]

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Compassionate & graceful Guan Yin

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Compassionate  & graceful Guan Yin

article & photographs by Larry Calloway For many of  us Guan Yin is a two-foot garden-variety goddess made in China, a sweet decoration out in the flowers. Now, imagine her 120 feet tall, cast in bronze. There is such a Guan Yin, brand new and shining, on the island of Penang in the Strait of […]

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Thai-Lao

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Thai-Lao

by Larry Calloway Theravada Buddhism, not represented among the Crestone spiritual centers, is practiced in Southeast Asia and Sri Lanka. Under the non-democratic regimes of Burma, Laos and Cambodia, the monks in saffron robes are constantly watched, but they are embraced under the constitutional monarchy of Thailand, where I lived as a novice monk for […]

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Guru Rinpoche

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Guru Rinpoche

by Larry Calloway photos by Patricia Kvill and Larry Calloway In Bhutan at dawn on the final day of the annual festival at Paro monastery, monks on a high balcony unfurl for a few hours an enormous textile so sacred it’s supposed to bring liberation on sight. The devout in traditional dress come forward to […]

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Mali, and the Clearys, in transition

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Mali,  and the Clearys,  in transition

story by Thomas Cleary photos by  Thomas & Cindy Cleary Part one: A review of recent events in West Africa Mali is a mess. After years as a stable democracy and a model for the rest of the West Africa, Captain Amadou Sanogo of the Malian Army ousted the democratically elected president Amadou Toumani Toure […]

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