Berkeley, California (EastBayDaily) — “In learning to communicate with nature, we could embark on a grand love affair with the world and discover ways to live more peacefully and cooperatively with one another.” Tarthang Tulku, Lotus Mandala
In his latest book Lotus Mandala; Sacred Garden Tibetan Lama Tarthang Tulku presents a vision of gardening and the love of nature as a path to greater understanding— a journey available to anyone with an open heart.
Inspired by the gardens of the Odiyan Retreat Center, Lotus Mandala takes readers on a journey through the changing seasons. Combined with over 500 lush color photos of Odiyan’s gardens, this collection of essays offers insight on themes such as connecting to the present moment, learning from direct experience with nature, and creating harmonious relationships.
Founded in Northern California in 1975, Odiyan Retreat Center has become a vibrant mandala of Buddhist art and architecture, surrounded by magnificent trees and fertile gardens. Rich in shapes, colors, and forms, Odiyan's gardens are integral expressions of a profound spiritual message: every leaf, every blossom, is a manifestation of sacred principles that can uplift the heart with joy and unfold ever deeper dimensions of meaning.
Filled with texture and wisdom, Lotus Mandala evokes the heart of the gardener, the naturalist, and the spiritual seeker and connects them to the beauty of the inner and outer worlds.
Tarthang Tulku is an accomplished Tibetan Lama who has lived and worked in America since 1969. One of the few remaining Buddhist lamas who received a complete formal education in Tibet, he has authored, edited, and guided the production of 123 books that include works on psychology and healing, Buddhist philosophy, and Tibetan history and culture. He has founded eighteen organizations to support the survival of Buddhism in the lands from which it sprang and nurture its contributions to Western ways of life. Odiyan is his unique vision, a symbolic expression of ancient knowledge blossoming in a new land.
Lotus Mandala; Sacred Garden is available through Dharma Publishing.
About Dharma Publishing Dharma Publishing is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization dedicated to preserving the culture of Tibetan Buddhism while contributing to the Western understanding of mind, well-being and human potential. We have a wonderful bookstore in Berkeley and we do events and lectures, book launchings, and promote a Calendar of Retreats throughout the year. Offering various courses and workshops in the Bay Area on meditation techniques as well as various meditation instructional audio CDs for those unable to attend our workshops in person. Our passion is to share our love throughout the Bay Area for Buddhist Books and Culture and to educate people on topics relating to Tibetan Buddhism and meditation and visualization techniques. Please give us a call at (510) 200-0981 to learn more about our very unique products and services that benefit the Tibetan culture.