OM Mani Padme Hum May 7, 2004
A philosophy of life is a work in progress. ~Miriam E. Cameron
Miriam E. Cameron's work in "Karma and Happiness"
is not only a direct result of her journey to Tibet, it is a
summary of how to conduct our lives all while knowing we are
going to die. This book will interest readers who have an
interest in the relationship between the health of individuals
and their ethical values. Can spiritual growth lead to emotional
and physical healing?
Throughout her life, Miriam has found that no single wisdom
tradition meets everyone's needs and that there is a universal
desire to be happy. Good choices lead to a happier, healthier
life and what goes around, comes around (karma). In this book,
Miriam explores Tibet and also takes a journey into the internal
world of our own happiness and suffering.
The Relationship between Ethics, Spirituality, and Healing
Something Missing - Miriam's journey through Christianity,
Judaism and Yoga
Buddhism - The Four Noble Truths, Karma and Ethics, The Sixth
Ethical Problems - What is the right thing to do?
History of Tibet
Mindfulness - Hindu Roots and a Tibetan Refugee Camp
Suffering - Dreams, Pain, Anger, Disappointment, Anxiety, Fear
The Nature of Reality - Interdependence and mutual need
Impermanence - Equanimity and nonattachment
Personal Healing - Mind-Body Interconnectedness and Tibetan
Buddha Nature - Nature of the mind and freedom
More Ethical Problems - Questions about Tibet
Compassion - How to Practice Universal Compassion
Healing the World - Diversity and Unity of Values
After reading Miriam's description of enlightenment (She
recorded from the teachings of Dorje Rinpoche), I finally
understand the concept in full. If you have any interest in
Tibet or in Tibetan Buddhism this is an essential book. I have
rarely found Buddhism explained quite so succinctly and
illustrated quite so creatively. This is a journey into ethics,
spirituality and healing with an added dose of humor. Miriam's
writing is vivid and her creativity paints vivid recollections
of a spiritual journey that becomes a test of physical
endurance. Throughout the book I could visualize the journey
like a movie.
Miriam's journey to Tibet took her to the limits of her own
physical endurance all while taking her to the heights of her
own spiritual journey. I loved the conversations she has
recorded in detail, the insight gained from her personal
experiences in Tibet and how she weaves her philosophy of life
into a once-in-a-lifetime journey. She writes with authority and
seeks to present a balanced view of Tibet's history. Not only
does she explain the current conditions, she writes from the
heart and is a seeker of truth.
I liked the concept of being like a beautiful lotus rising
out of the mud. If you are looking for a collection of ideas to
promote inner peace and settle outer conflicts, you will love
this book. After reading this book once, I realized I wanted to
read it again because it is a highly interesting story and there
are so many concepts I'd love to apply to my own life.
Miriam E. Cameron, PhD, RN, is a faculty member at the
University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality and Healing and
is also the best-selling author of "Hello, I'm God, and I'm
Here to Help You."
A Visual Journey to SAMYE, May 29, 2004
Samye was founded by Tantric master Padmasambhava and
Shantarakshita from Indian in the eight century A.D. This
monastery is built in the form of a three-dimensional mandala.
"Put in its simplest terms, a mandala is a diagram or
pictorial representation of a three-dimensional universe used as
an aid for Buddhist meditators."
Mikel Dunham has made many trips to Tibet and became the last
student of the late thankgha master, Perma Wangyal of Dolpo. He
spent years learning how to paint with mineral pigments and 22
carat gold. He then painted murals for a Tibetan temple in
Sarnath, India. He was then given full access to Samye to
document treasures that have never been photographed.
After a foreword by his Holiness the Dalai Lama (his actual
letter has been photographed - how unique), the book is divided
into six sections:
Building the Inconceivable
Approaching the Mandala
Entering the Mandala
Within the Monkhood
Above the Mandala
Even his Holiness the Dalai Lama was not able to visit Samye
and explains how he was very close to Samye when he crossed the
Tsangpo river nearby in a yak skin coracle during his escape in
1959. After the occupation of Tibet, the building were damaged
and irreplaceable books were destroyed.
If you have any interest in Tibetian Buddhism or have an
interest in world travel, this book is sure to offer intriguing
insight into the "Land of the Snow Lions." Pages 2-33
display mostly art (ancient murals) and then after page 36, the
Samye compound is photographed from every conceivable angle,
including a view from Mount Hepori.
There are also pictures of monks studying outside beneath the
trees, monks and nuns performing daily chores and ceremonies,
prayer flags draped across long ropes across the mountains,
pilgrims wearing yellow khatags (ceremonial scarves), close-ups
of elaborately designed doors, yak butter lamps and gorgeous
pictures of the red walls with detailed paintings and patterns.
Mikel gives insight into what has happened to the art and
even describes how preservation is at times as basic as filling
parts of vandalized paintings with flour paste to prevent
further deterioration. There are also pictures of grafitti
painted across the Great Stupa Wall and beautiful rooms that
have now been turned into junkyards.
If you have read books like "Karma and Happiness"
by Miriam E. Cameron, you will enjoy the visual representation
of her descriptions of Tibet in this photographic journey.
~The Rebecca Review
Sara Ivanhoe Yoga Makeover Weight Loss
Spiritually Cleansing Flowing Routine, August 6, 2006
As you move faster through these exercises, you may feel your
body heating and your heart beating a little faster. This is
definitely a cardiovascular workout with aesthetic appeal. You
have a beach in the background with waves gently lapping at the
shore. Sara Ivanhoe exercises on the grass and you feel like you
are at the beach.
The deliciously challenging twists were the highlight of this
practice session. The Vinyasa sections are exciting and
challenging and you move from plank to cobra to down dog. Then
she ups the challenge with a flowing series that moves into an
upward facing dog.
The active postures make this an invigorating and
calorie-burning workout that also strengthens the arms and tones
the entire body.
The special features on this DVD include a section where you can
select to workout without narration and you can view pictures of
The 20-minute Yoga routines are very healing and especially fun.
If you have 20-40 minutes you can get an excellent workout with
added emotional benefits. I always feel spiritually cleansed and
physically energized after a Sara Ivanhoe routine. I hope she
continues to make more DVDs because I love her positive energy.
These 20-minute routines are like Yoga Vacations.
~The Rebecca Review
Sara Ivanhoe Yoga Makeover Sculpted Buns & Thighs
Explore, Balance and Celebrate - Intermediate Workout,
August 6, 2006
Sara Ivanhoe's routines are a pure joy to follow and this one is
perfect in combination with the 20-minute weight loss routine.
The first routine warms you up and this one pushes you just that
little bit further so you get the best workout possible. She
teaches everyone from Hollywood stars to normal people like me
who don't want to go to the gym and prefer working out at home.
This creative routine will sculpt buns and thighs and also
cleanse your soul. By focusing on breathing, you nurture every
cell in your body. If you have been working out for quite a few
years, some of the exercises in this routine can help you figure
out if you are intermediate or advanced.
While beginners will still enjoy most of the exercises,
intermediate students will enjoy knowing if they can do a back
bend (you are kneeling and you lean backwards) and touch their
ankles or if they are still working on flexibility. I can tell
you that for the last few years I've been trying to touch my
ankles and tonight I actually did. It is definitely worth
working towards and boosts your self-esteem substantially. There
was just this sense of joy when I could finally touch both
ankles. All those hundreds of hours of practice suddenly seem
worth the effort!
Mountain, Chair and Triangle pose are included as is a Temple
Pose with three lovely variations. There are also some excellent
outer hip stretches in this 20-minute routine.
What I love most about this DVD is the aesthetically pleasing
environment and the highly creative exercises. The mood of
Sara's workouts encourages my full participation and I find them
especially enjoyable. Do two of her workouts and then go take a
long bath with sea salts and essential oils. Life becomes art...
~The Rebecca Review, intermediate