Dear Friends and Family,
Summer has come upon us with much fanfare this year beginning with our 4th of July celebration. We have also found ourselves knee deep in retreats for the whole month of July, hosting both a 2 week long Kum Nye intensive and a 10 day Nyingma Centers conference that brought community members from the world over to Ratna Ling’s doorstep.
With so much activity, time has been speeding by despite the long days with their blushing 9 o’clock sunsets. At the height of the retreat season and the summer we have the perfect opportunity to put the teachings into practice. We can take a step back, open our eyes, breathe in the beauty of the lush environment and remember to enjoy this time before the days become short again. What has the summer sun brought to your doorstep this year? We hope it is full of blessings and joy!
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4th of July, A Memorable Celebration
The 4th of July celebration at Ratna Ling proved to be one of our best events yet. People from all segments of the TNMC organization Mandala gathered to appreciate the independence of our nation and freedom of religion. Celebrants ate a delicious buffet spread which included various salads, stuffed portabella mushrooms, and of course, cake proudly bearing the American flag. Afterward, inspired speeches were delivered along with a video presentation amidst flower arrangements, shiny stars and no shortage of flags. The day concluded with a tour of the property, specially manicured and decorated for the festive occasion.
Come Visit Jinx & Dreams,
our Miniature Horses
Two miniature horses named Jinx and Dreams, donated by Dharma Publishing, are an exciting new addition to the Ratna Ling community. Our new friends are a lively and cheerful site at our Stupa Garden, and are looking forward to visits from you!
What's a Vegetarian to Serve at a Summer BBQ? Ratna Ling Exclusive Recipe Mediterranean Veggie Burgers!
2 1/4 cups rigatoni, cooked
4 1/4 cups quinoa
8 1/2 cups Veggie Broth
2T Olive Oil
6 1/4 cups Chopped Onion
6 Cloves of Garlic
12 1/2 Cooked White Beans
4 1/4 cups Steamed Broccoli
1 cup finely shredded Cabbage
1 1/2 cups finely chopped Red Bell Pepper
1 cup Tomato Sauce
1 cup Kalamata Olives, sliced
8 slices Sun Dried Tomatoes, drained and finely chopped
Oil as needed for frying or grilling
Bring Quinoa and broth to boil I sauce pan. Cover and reduce heat to low and cook 13 minutes (Slightly under cooked).
Heat oil in small saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook 1 minute. Add garlic and cook 1 minute more. Set aside.
Process rigatoni and white beans in food processor until smooth.
Transfer mixture to large bowl. Stir in quinoa, broccoli, cabbage, bell pepper, tomato sauce, olives, and sundried tomatoes. Season to taste.
Mash and combine.
Form Patties and brush with canola oil.
Grill with oil.
in the Ratna Ling kitchen and tell us how your Veggie Burgers came out!
Mark your Calendars! Thanksgiving Retreat Filling Up!
Join us for a weekend full of warmth, gratitude, laughter, family, and of course, yummy vegetarian food!
Reservations are already being made and there are only 10 Cottages left for our 2nd annual Vegetarian Thanksgiving Retreat. Click here or call Chelsea at (510) 809-4987 for more information or to make reservations.
Thursday November 24-Sunday November 27
$375/per person (2 people)
$500/per person (single)
$100 per additional adult in same Cottage (4 maximum)
Children under 18 stay FREE
The Second annual Healing, Mindfulness and Compassion Retreat will explore the subject of integrating Western medical perspectives and traditional Tibetan practices. Participants will develop a more refined and holistic approach to healing. Proceeds from this retreat will fund programs promoting education, literacy and spiritual well-being among the Tibetan refugee community.
October 2, 2011
Back-to-School: Special Week-day only offer!
Save 20% on a Personal Retreat when you reserve a cottage during the week. Children always stay free at Ratna Ling and August is the perfect temperature for nature hikes and walks on the beach! Drop in on a community Kum Nye class or Dharma discussion and enjoy nourishing vegetarian meals.
Valid Monday-Thursday nights now through September 20, 2011. Not applicable to existing reservations.