Synchronous with Eternal Time, the Path that is not foretold Leads to the Light

Ralong Monastery South Sikkim

New Ralong Monastery South Sikkim, Kagyupa Lineage

Dogen interpreted the Nirvana Sutra by saying that what is intrinsic to all sentient beings is the Buddha-Nature and not that all sentient beings have in them something called the Buddha-Nature. There is only Buddha-Nature, and , nothing else. Buddha-Nature = Dharma-Nature.

We only live in the present moment, an idea of a presentness in which time does not have a linear meaning. (Dwight Holbrook). Therefore, Dogen doesn’t deny the past or the future but he rejects the idea that the future and the past lie outside the sphere of the present moment. Moments or ‘uji’ do not have duration but time has…

‘Shiva, the Supreme-Being, is seated above the head in the Great Void (Mahashunya). Shakti, the Supreme Power, is seated in the centre of consciousness at the base of the spine (muladhara). Shakti flows upwards through the subtle nerve channel in the spine (sushumna)’ – Sri Anirvan, Inner Yoga

Stones clothed in the fire of darkness

Traditional Lepcha House near Old Ralong Monastery South Sikkim

Traditional Lepcha House near Old Ralong Monastery South Sikkim

Guards the ancient upholstery of the hills

Synchronous with Eternal Time

They are Awareness alone

The lion epitomizing the valour of mankind,

The crown emblem of an immaculate sacrifice;

The path that is not foretold, leads to the light

Rhyming with the spirit’s sermon, the body’s prayer

Nature has partaken her great role in the transformation

Attuned to the immortal’s song, the seeds rapture the silence of the soul

And a heart full of cry wakes up the sun in the sky

These are inter-subjective dialogues with the Universe

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New Ralong Monastery South Sikkim

A kind of space-reflection where lower dimensional objects

Are projections of higher dimensional objects

And all contained in the Awareness alone

As long as one is conscious of the duality of subject and object,

One does not know Brahman; The realization of this transcendent Absolute

is an inexpressible experience in which the distinction between subject, object and

Knowledge is annihilated and they are one.

 

Flowers in South Sikkim

Flowers in South Sikkim

For more information check http://www.call-key9.net

*Ralong Monastery was founded in the 1730 A.D., the 1st monastery of the Kagyupa Lineage

-J

 

Press Release:

WTTC announces Finalists for 2017 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) is pleased to announce the 15 Finalists for its 2017 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards. The 2017 Finalists cut across five continents in the following categories: Community, Destination, Environment, Innovation and People.

The WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards, now in its 13th year, showcases business practices of the highest standards that balance the needs of ‘people, planet and profits’ within our sector.

The 2017 Awards fall within the UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, all 15 Finalists illustrate great commitment to “support a change in policies, business practices and consumer behavior towards a more sustainable tourism sector than can contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals”, as the International Year calls for.

Following a rigorous 3-phase judging, which includes an onsite evaluation, Winners of the 2017 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards will be announced during the Awards Ceremony at the 17th WTTC Global Summit, taking place in Bangkok, 26 – 27 April 2017.

David Scowsill, President & CEO of WTTC said: “I am extremely pleased to once again see such inspiring business leadership amongst this year’s Finalists. This year saw a 36% rise of applications, which shows not only that more and more Travel & Tourism companies are looking to operate sustainably but also an increased interest to share company best practices and thereby educate peers and governments.

As the Travel & Tourism sector continues to grow, WTTC currently estimates global Travel & Tourism to have grown by 3.1% in 2016, we have to ensure we safeguard the environment, local communities and cultural heritage, and our Awards programme calls on tourism businesses to showcase just that.”

Awards Lead Judge, Graham Miller, Executive Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Surrey, said: “The 2017 Finalists illustrate how widespread the notion of sustainable tourism has become. While sustainability used to be focused around the preservation of nature, this year, the organisation’s missions are, amongst other things, centred around innovative value creation for societies, travel technology for those with accessibility needs, and empowerment of the young workforce.”

The Finalists of the 2017 WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards, which is Headline sponsored by AIG Travel for the second year, are:

Community Award Finalists, whose organisations are committed to sustainable tourism leadership in local community development, empowerment and cultural heritage

  • Cinnamon Wild Yala, Sri Lanka
  • G Adventures, Canada
  • Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya

Destination Award Finalists, who show commitment to supporting and delivering sustainable tourism best practices in their destinations:

  • Botswana Tourism Organisation, Botswana
  • City of Bydgoszcz, Poland
  • Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park, Finland

Environment Award Finalists, whose organisations and companies achieved environmental best practice through biodiversity conservation, protection of natural habitats, addressing climate change, and green operations:

  • Biosphere Expeditions, UK
  • Caiman Ecological Refuge, Brazil
  • Misool, Indonesia

Innovation Award Finalists, who provided innovative solutions to overcoming the challenges faced by Travel & Tourism in implementing sustainability in practice:

  • NATIVE Hotels and Accessible Tourism, Spain
  • Soel Yachts, Netherlands
  • The Mapping Ocean Wealth initiative led by the Nature Conservancy, USA

People Award Finalists, who are dedicated to the development of capacity building, training and education to build a skilled tourism workforce for the future:

  • Desert & Delta Safaris, Botswana
  • STREETS International, Vietnam
  • The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation’s China Hospitality Education Initiative (CHEI), China

The Winner Selection Committee is chaired by Fiona Jeffery OBE, Chair of the WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards and include a further 15 independent judges from within the Travel & Tourism sector.

Fiona Jeffery OBE, Tourism for Tomorrow Awards Chair, said: “Now more than ever it’s important to highlight how tourism positively connects people across the planet and brings great social and economic benefits to destinations. The 2017 Tourism for Tomorrow Award Finalists demonstrate a commitment to long term vision in preference to short term gains and provide inspiring examples of responsible leadership in their businesses. The true value of the awards is the insight and learning which can be shared across the industry and I’m looking forward to hearing their stories during the WTTC Global Summit in April 2017.”

Read the release online

About the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards:

More details on the Awards and the application process can be found at http://wttc.org/tourism-for-tomorrow-awards/

Tourism for Tomorrow Award Partners:

  • Headline Sponsor of the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards: AIG Travel Inc.
  • Category Sponsors: Amadeus, Ecolab, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, and Value Retail
  • Awards Supporters: Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA), African Travel and Tourism Association (ATTA), BEST EN, Considerate Hoteliers, Ecotourism Japan, Fair Trade Tourism (FTT), Green Hotelier/International Tourism Partnership,  PATA, Rainforest Alliance,  The EUROPARC Federation, The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), The Long Run, Tony Charters and Associates, Travelife, Voyageons autrement

For more information about the Awards and to interview key awards spokespeople or any of the finalists, please contact:

Kmar Makni

Tourism for Tomorrow Manager

+44 (0) 20 7481 8007

kmar.makni@wttc.org

 

About WTTC:

The World Travel & Tourism Council is the global authority on the economic and social contribution of Travel & Tourism. It promotes sustainable growth for the sector, working with governments and international institutions to create jobs, to drive exports and to generate prosperity. WTTC’s annual Global Summit brings together over 900 delegates to discuss the opportunities, challenges and issues facing the industry, while its Tourism for Tomorrow Awards recognise the industry’s power to be a positive force in sustainability.

The sector is a key driver for investment and economic growth globally. Travel & Tourism contributes US$7.2 trillion or 9.8% of global GDP, once all direct, indirect and induced impacts are taken into account. The sector also accounts for 284 million jobs, 9.5% of total employment, or one in eleven of all jobs on the planet.

For 25 years, WTTC has been the voice of this industry globally. Members are the Chairs, Presidents and Chief Executives of the world’s leading, private sector Travel & Tourism businesses. These Members bring specialist knowledge to guide government policy and decision-making, raising awareness of the importance of the industry as an economic generator of prosperity.

If you are interested to attend and cover the 2017 Summit, please write to the contact below.

For more information:

Annebeth Wijtenburg

Communications Manager

World Travel & Tourism Council

annebeth.wijtenburg@wttc.org

+44 7875 51 0505

 

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