A varied schedule of events is offered at the centre which opened in May this year. The schedule can be viewed at the Aro Ling website.
The photographs were taken by Ngakma Mé-sèl Gyalmo at an open day on 30th October. I taught two sessions on pulse diagnosis and demonstrated phurba dance. In the first image I am wearing the robes of a teaching ngakma Lama of the gö kar chang lo'i dé – the non-monastic practitioners of the Nyingma tradition.
The images show the shrine room at Aro Ling which is decorated in traditional style with the lower part of the wall in red, then bands of green and orange, then the upper part of the wall in yellow, with the ceiling and top band of the wall in deep blue. There are many thangkas of awareness imagery hanging on the walls including the appliqué thangka of Padmasambhava featured in the first picture.
Many practices of the Aro tradition were demonstrated on this open day. There were demonstrations of the sword form of the gar-tak matial arts practice and the weaving of namkha – thread crosses. I also helped several people begin a small applique of a tiger's face.