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Beauty and Balance

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A goldfish pond creates a haven for nature, and also builds friendship and community

by David Zurick

The frogs discovered my goldfish pond on the first day I filled it with water. The pond hadn’t yet settled into the garden. Its rubber liner showed like an embarrassing exposure, spilling out of its hole and onto the bare ground, and the rocks on the bottom glistened like the glossy stones of an empty, store-front aquarium. The pond looked like it had just been off-loaded from a delivery truck. Still, the frogs must have liked it when they came upon it because some of them stayed and made the pond their home.

I recall it being a dry season, so maybe the frogs had been lying in wait all along, patiently watching me work and wondering when I might finish, and then just hopped in once I had provisioned the hole with water. Or perhaps they were passing by on their way to another destination, sensed its deliquescence, and got distracted. I’ll never know for certain what those pioneer frogs were thinking when they came upon my goldfish pond. They were its first settlers.  Continue…

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Posted December 28, 2010 by
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Of Books and Blankets – A Better Future for the Surmang Region – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted December 10, 2010 by
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IN MEMORIAM: Kyoko Kita Sensei – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted October 28, 2010 by
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Posted October 21, 2010 by
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Ashes of Allen Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky interred near the Great Stupa – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted October 1, 2010 by
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Shambhala Brasil Inaugurates New Center in São Paulo – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted September 9, 2010 by
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Her First Week of Life – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted August 24, 2010 by
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Posted August 16, 2010 by
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Posted August 15, 2010 by
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What Her Birth Brings – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted August 12, 2010 by Jennifer Holder
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Shambhala in the Kalachakra Tantra – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted August 8, 2010 by Nick Trautz
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Meet the Newly Appointed Shastris – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted August 5, 2010 by
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All Gifts Are Bittersweet in the End – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted July 20, 2010 by Jennifer Holder
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Gate Opens for Three Year Retreatants – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted July 19, 2010 by
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Sunshine and Delight at Great Mandala Offering – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted July 18, 2010 by

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