Category Archives: What’s New at Sweetwater

Rebirth

“If we simply let go of the memory of the past, and do not anticipate the future, and leave our mind alone as it is, then the oneness reveals itself because we get out of the way.” – Anam Thubten … Continue reading

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Spring forward

We made it into the hermitage last week just after the county finished re-installing the temporary bridge at the 3.3 mile collapse on Palo Colorado Road – shaving 1.5 miles off of our hike in. As we made our way … Continue reading

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Metamorphoses

“…with a gentle heart anything can blossom.“-Anam Thubten (full poem below) It was a wet and wild month of February in Big Sur with several landslides and lots of flooding throughout the burn zone – our canyon included. The debris … Continue reading

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Surrendering to the Unknown

“The truth is that the only way we can find freedom, the only way we can find true happiness, unconditional happiness and unconditional joy, is actually from becoming aware of and learning to love this basic truth of reality, which … Continue reading

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Riding Mother Nature’s Powerful Waves

The Santa Lucia Mountains of Big Sur continue their dramatic evolution this winter. Like a stone carver with a chisel, the powerful storms of the last two weeks have left their mark. It’s easy to see why humans who’ve historically … Continue reading

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Cheerful New Year!

“Life is unfolding continuously whether we like it or not. The more we try to control it, the more we suffer. If we truly surrender our fears and hopes and jump into the unknown of everyday life, we’ll lose nothing … Continue reading

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A Timely Message from Anam Thubten

Anam Thubten just recorded this message to the Dharmata Sangha sharing his vision for Sweetwater Sanctuary. Please listen and consider joining us in the rebuilding of this amazing place: Join Us in the Noble Effort

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All is well

All is well at Sweetwater Sanctuary as fall envelops the land. A cool breeze makes lighter the work of removing fallen oaks, shoveling for water diversion, and cleaning out the last of the debris. The bluejays supervise our movements as … Continue reading

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Dancing with the rains post fire

Mother nature has blessed this parched land with rain – 6.5 inches in our first storm the weekend of October 14-16. The land absorbed most of the water, the creeks ran somewhat higher with debris flows, but our roads/access to … Continue reading

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Wow! What a difference a day makes…

With the help of a few more folks last weekend, we’ve almost finished debris removal. On Saturday alone (with the help of our amazing neighbor – Brian Patch) we cleared the brunt of the remaining building debris. Just a few … Continue reading

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