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    Where We Came FromWhere We Came From
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    Dorje Gyatram.
    Dorje Gyatram created the clouds, which in turn created the rain. The rain fell for many years until the primeval ocean was formed. Then, all was calm, quiet, and peaceful; the ocean became clear as a mirror.
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    the winds.
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    the universe.
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    and demi-gods.
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    Dzambu Ling.
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    experiences today.
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    Buddhism began in northeastern India and is based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama. The religion is 2,500 years old and is followed by 350 million Buddhists worldwide. Buddhism is the main religion in many Asian countries. It is a religion about suffering and the need to get rid of it. A key concept of Buddhism is Nirvana, the most enlightened, and blissful state that one can achieve. A state without suffering.
    Buddhist worship is called puja. People chant to show their love for the Buddha. They make offerings of flowers, candles, incense and pure water at a shrine. People thank Buddha for his teachings.
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    this cycle.
    Breaking out of the cycle is called Nirvana (sometimes called Nibbana). It is the end of everything that is not perfect. It is perfect peace, free of suffering.
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    it too.
    The Three Jewels
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    Belief in Buddha
    Dharma - The teaching of Buddha
    The Sangha - the Buddhist community made up of ordinary people as well as the monks and nuns. The purpose is to help others and by doing so to cease to become selfish and to move on the way towards enlightenment.
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    from suffering.
    From here.
    If you have some time at home, watch this video on the lost treasures of Tibet.
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    From here.
    Practitioners use the Mandala to visualize in meditation the steps along the Path to Enlightenment. In the Kalachakra Mandala, 722 deities, or manifestations of the supreme deity Kalachakra, are portrayed within a circle of some 2 metres in diameter in the form of miniature human, animal and flora forms, abstract pictographs and Sanskrit syllables. The sand is made from white stones ground and mixed with opaque water colors.
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    Surviving in an Alpine EnvironmentSurviving
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Tuesday, September 14

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    The Parthenon
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    Other important art forms in Greece are their stone sculpters, and pottery
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    GREECE OF TODAY
    Greece today, like almost everywhere in the world, has a big difference between the city life and provincial life. The most Greek cities you will find that they have become more impersonal. The sense of neighbourhood that existed before the 1970s has been destroyed due to the construction and preference for families to exchange their small plot with one storey family home to several architects or building companies for a floor with 2 or 3 small apartments in a "Polikatikia" (apartment block), therefore in its place have mushroomed street after street of apartment blocks. Although, many members of the same family may occupy one block the closeness and neighbourliness that was prevalent before has all but vanished. That fashion of exchange the old house with the small garden the well and the jasmines ,for one or two apartments in a block, has been immortalized in many old Greek movies that makes the older ones to retrieve nostalgic memories of a life that is gone for ever .
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    Other important art forms in Greece are their stone sculpters, and pottery
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Monday, September 13

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    Birth, death, gender, rain and weather were all believed to have supernatural significance, for example, people acquired good or bad rain-bringing abilities at birth and this ability was reactivated when the person died.
    Gods Must Crazy Opening Scene:
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    Athens is the symbol of freedom, art, and democracy in the conscience of the civilized world. The capital of Greece took its name from the goddess Athena, the goddess of wisdom and knowledge.
    In Athens memory never fades. Wherever you stand, wherever you turn, the city's long and rich history will be alive in front of you. This is where that marvel of architecture, the Parthenon, was created. This is where art became inseparable from life, and this is where Pericles gave the funerary speech, that monument of the spoken word. In the centre of town are two hills, the Acropolis with the monuments from the Age of Pericles, and Lycabettus with the picturesque chapel of Ai Giorgis.
    Ancient ruins provide a vivid testimony to the glory of Athens, hailed by many people as the cradle of western civilization.

    {http://www.ancientgreece.com/media/img/georaphy.gif} Ancient Greece - important cities and statesSparta a beautiful town near the river Evrotas, located in the centre of the Peloponnese in southern Greece, is the capital of the prefecture of Lakonia. SPARTA ( known in Greek as Sparti) has a history which dates back to the Neolithic period, at least 3,000 years before Christ.
    Even in its most prosperous days, it was merely a group of five villages with simple houses and a few public buildings. The passes leading into the valley of the Evrotas were easily defended, and Sparta had no walls until the end of the 4th century BC. The city itself was destroyed by the Goths under their king, Alaric I, in 396 AD.
    Modern Sparta, founded by the government in 1834, occupies part of the site of ancient Sparta and is the capital of the department of Laconia. Excavations of the ancient city have uncovered ruins of temples and public buildings as well as a theatre dating from the Roman period, but the sparse remains are insignificant for a city of such renown in antiquity.
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    Olympia ancient sanctuary and site of the ancient Olympic Games, located in the western Peloponnese, 10 miles (16 kilometres) inland from the Ionian Sea, near a point where the Alpheus (Alfios) and Cladeus (Kladios) rivers meet.
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    Other important art forms in Greece are their stone sculpters, and pottery
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    According to legend, Greek tragedy as we know it was created in Athens, ca. 530 BCE by a man known as Thespis. He was the exarchon, or leader, of the dithyrambs performed in and around Attica, especially at the rural Dionysia
    WHAT THE GREEKS EAT
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    Greece is a nation of small farmers who produce an incredible array of mainly organically produced cheeses, oils, fruits, nuts, grains, legumes, and vegetables.
    These are the foods that form the base of the traditional Greek regimen, to which they add both variety and nutrition. Greece's climate is perfect growing for olive and lemon trees, producing two of the most important elements of Greek cooking. Spices, garlic and other herbs such as oregano, basil, mint, and thyme are widely used, as are vegetables such as eggplant and zucchini, and legumes of all types.
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    Greeks adopted the alphabet the Phoenician script, mostly like during the late 9th century BCE. In fact, Greek historian Herotodus (5th century BCE) called the Greek letters "phoinikeia grammata" (φοινικήια γράμματα), which means Phoenician letters. Unlike Greek, the Phoenician alphabet only had letters for consonants. When the Greeks adopted the alphabet, they found letters representing sounds not found in Greek. Instead of throwing them away, they modified the extraneous letters to represent vowels. For example, the Phoenician letter 'aleph (which stood for a glottal stop) became the Greek letter alpha (which stands for [a] sound).
    There were many variants of the early Greek alphabet, each suited to a local dialect. Eventually the Ionian alphabet was adopted in all Greek-speaking states, but before that happened, the Euboean variant was carried to the Italic peninsula and adopted by Etruscan and eventually the Romans. The following chart presents the modern alphabet, and pronunciations.
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    Letter Capital/small
    Transcription (pronunciation)
    Modern pronunciation
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    Alpha
    Alpha (alfa)
    /a/, as in "father"
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    Beta
    Beta (vita)
    /v/, as in "vet"
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    Gamma
    Gamma (gama)
    /g/ as in go, but before vowels such as iota and epsilon, y as in yet, and before gamma, kappa, xi, or chi, n as in sing
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    Delta
    Delta (delta)
    /th/ as in then (but not thin); contrast theta below
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    Epsilon
    Epsilon (epsilon)
    /e/ as in set
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    Zeta
    Zeta (zita)
    /z/ as in zoo
    {http://www.greece.com/information/aphabet/eta.gif}
    Eta
    Eta (ita)
    ee (/i/) as in meet
    {http://www.greece.com/information/aphabet/theta.gif}
    Theta
    Theta (thita)
    th as in thin (but not then); contrast delta above
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    Iota
    Iota (jota)
    ee (/i/) as in meet or y as in yet
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    Kappa
    Kappa (kapa)
    ck as in sack
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    Lambda
    Lambda (lamda)
    /l/ as in light
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    Mu
    Mu (mi)
    /m/ as in mouse
    {http://www.greece.com/information/aphabet/nu.gif}
    Nu
    Nu (ni)
    /n/ as in nose
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    Xi
    Xi (ksi)
    /ks/ as in kicks or x as in ax
    {http://www.greece.com/information/aphabet/omicron.gif}
    Omicron
    Omicron (omikron)
    /o/ as in tote or boat
    {http://www.greece.com/information/aphabet/pi.gif}
    Pi
    Pi (pi)
    /p/ as in pan
    {http://www.greece.com/information/aphabet/rho.gif}
    Rho
    Rho (ro)
    /r/ more like the Spanish trilled r than English r.
    {http://www.greece.com/information/aphabet/sigma.gif}
    Sigma
    Sigma (sigma)
    /s/ as in sister
    {http://www.greece.com/information/aphabet/tau.gif}
    Tau
    Tau (taf)
    /t/, as in "pot"
    {http://www.greece.com/information/aphabet/upsilon.gif}
    Upsilon
    Upsilon (ipsilon)
    ee (/i/) as in meet
    {http://www.greece.com/information/aphabet/phi.gif}
    Phi
    Phi (fi)
    /f/ as in fan or phone
    {http://www.greece.com/information/aphabet/chi.gif}
    Chi
    Chi (ci)
    [ch], a sound that does not exist in English (but exists in Scottish, as in "loch"; German: "Bach").
    {http://www.greece.com/information/aphabet/psi.gif}
    Psi
    Psi (psi)
    /ps/ as in lips
    {http://www.greece.com/information/aphabet/omega.gif}
    Omega
    Omega (omega)
    /o/ as in tote
    GREECE OF TODAY
    Greece today, like almost everywhere in the world, has a big difference between the city life and provincial life. The most Greek cities you will find that they have become more impersonal. The sense of neighbourhood that existed before the 1970s has been destroyed due to the construction and preference for families to exchange their small plot with one storey family home to several architects or building companies for a floor with 2 or 3 small apartments in a "Polikatikia" (apartment block), therefore in its place have mushroomed street after street of apartment blocks. Although, many members of the same family may occupy one block the closeness and neighbourliness that was prevalent before has all but vanished. That fashion of exchange the old house with the small garden the well and the jasmines ,for one or two apartments in a block, has been immortalized in many old Greek movies that makes the older ones to retrieve nostalgic memories of a life that is gone for ever .
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