Volume 2 ~ Issue 7 September 1 , 2010

Watch for the drying winds that often come as we move into fall. Take care to make sure that your plants receive enough water. They dry more from the wind that desiccates their leaves than from less water in the ground.




When you lose your parent, the world seems a bit smaller, colder and lonlier. His Holiness Grandmaster Lin Yun Rinpoche died last month and it was a severe loss for not only me personally but for all that knew him and all the people that we have touched.

My wise younger brother said the sweetest thing when he found out. Though he never met His Holiness he knew the me before and the me after and he said that the light that Lin Yun lit in my heart will be with me my whole life to pass onto those around me as long as I continue to practice the lessons that he taught me.

I have never met a person wiser or more compassionate than His Holiness. I have seen him stop to help a family whose parents were given no hope for their child in a public place in Beijing. I have seen him offer valuable cures to people who were ill and had no hope. I have heard stories of the lives he has saved and the help he gave to people who were facing financial ruin. I have seen his love when he scolded his godchildren or performed personal cures so that they would make better choices. He truly lived to help others and fulfilled it in a big way.

He had more energy than anyone I have ever seen, often working into the night and then enjoying the early morning hours as well. My friend David Kennedy spoke of trying one week to keep up with his schedule and failed after three days.

Besides being a teacher and author, he was an artist who was a master calligrapher and poet. He used his calligraphies to help others with special charms he created and his poetry to teach us about life and spiritual lessons. Some of us are blessed to have some of those beautiful works of art.

Three years ago he named his successor, Her Holiness Khandro Crystal Chu. Early this year he declared that the fourth stage of Black Sect Tantric Buddhism, the stage that he founded, was full and complete. Her Holiness Khandro Crystal Chu was taking the reins in a new way, in the fifth stage. He said that it could have its own flavor and teachings. Even in his transition he taught us and gave us the great gift to knowing his wishes.

Life is capricious. One day a force that was beautiful and important can be lost. Many of us have had to deal with the loss of a parent and already know the pain that grief causes. With time the pain lessens but there is always an empty space in your heart. His Holiness was such a parent for me but because I lost both my parents I knew not to pass an opportunity with him to tell him that I loved him and appreciated his open heart and wise advice.

Today as you see your loved ones, remember to tell them what is in your heart. Kindness and love is what His Holiness taught and there is always need for that in our personal and professional lives.

Tell those you love that they are meaningful to you. You never know...

Her Holiness Khandro Crystal Chu, the leader of the Fifth Stage of Black Sect Tantric Buddhism

One of Grandmaster Lin's beautiful calligraphies. It is a wish for good fortune and protection.



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Your land has Secrets to tell. You garden can help to balance your life and support your prosperity, harmony and peace. Learn to apply the basics in Feng Shui in your landscape and garden to enhance your life. You will learn to correct imbalances that are often found on properties as a result of the shape of the land..., the slope of the land, streets, buildings and other exterior factors. Apply elements such as landscape design, color, site accessories and lighting to bring about your personal goals. Landscape design solutions will be offered to exemplify how Feng Shui principles apply to the garden.

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Shelley Sparks is a Feng Shui Expert, Licensed Landscape Architect and Humble Gardener. Through the practices of Feng Shui and Landscape Design she creates Harmony, Healing, Prosperity and Beneficial Qualities to her client's home, business and garden environments. She believes that as we bring our environments into balance we live happier healthier more abundant lives, benefit all that we relate to and help heal the earth.

She has been licensed as a Landscape Architect for more than 25 years and has designed award winning residential landscapes. She is a disciple of His Holiness Master Lin Yun Rinpoche, Grand Master of Black Sect Tantric Buddhist Sect of Feng Shui and has been studying Feng Shui for more than sixteen years. She teaches Garden as a Healing Space and Feng Shui and Feng Shui in the Garden for U.C.L.A. and other venues throughout the United States. She analyzes Feng Shui for people's homes, businesses and gardens.

Shelley is author of the forthcoming book Secrets of the Land, Designing Harmonious Gardens with Feng Shui

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