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November 10, 2019:  I owe you an apology. Due to helping with my son's new business venture, a Mt. Shasta restaurant called Crave Comfort Food, time has been scarce for all ideas and insights to reach The winter season is close enough to bring on weather changes. Crave is currently closed for a couple of weeks for winterizing. So at last, here is a quotation being added to our Insight Commentaries page offering a tantalizing description of eternity from a book left to me by my late husband – a book that originally belonged to his father, published in 1931! Click on Eternity for more. Thank you so much for your patience.

September 20, 2019: We have received this message from Lama Lena Yeshe Kaytup dated 9/19/19. "With great sadness, I must tell you all that Wangdor Rimpoche has departed his venerable body at last. He passed away in Tso Pema Wednesday morning (India time). As I write this I am already en route toTso Pema myself, and will be able to provide more details once I am there.

"Even in grief let me remind you that Venerable Wangdor Rimpoche will always remain present in the lineage, resting beyond the limits of time and space. Practice joyfully. Look at your mind. 'Mind mind looking.'"Again, you may view photos from past teaching events with Wangdor Rinpoche and Lama Lena by scrolling down at our Events page. Prayers.

September 5, 2019: We are elated to announce that Venerable Lama Lodru Rinpoche will be here in Mt. Shasta to bring clear, unique and profound teachings on Friday, September 13 through Sunday, September 15. Details appear at our Events Page.

Also, for all who may have met and/or received teachings from Venerable Wangdor Rinpoche in past years, we have received this message from his translator Lama Lena: "Rimpoche is in the hospital, his condition is stable, and he is expected to recover. However, those of you who can please recite his long life prayer or do Tara or Medicine Buddha as you are able. Every little bit helps."

There are photos from past visits by Wangdor Rinpoche and Lama Lena at our Events Page.

June 23, 2019

Coming soon: A resource for these unpredictable days, an article entitled "This Bridge Does Not Collapse." Stay tuned and look forward to profound encouragement.

January 28, 2019

A truly blessed resource is now available at the center in Ashland, Kagyu Sukha Choling. Here is the news from Lama Pema and Lama Yeshe: "We are pleased to announce the initiation of online teachings, available for free on the KSC website. Each of the four most recent Sunday talks will be available for about two months – until each is replaced with a more recent talk. We are happy to expand the capabilities of the KSC website to serve sangha members at a distance, as well as those who are curious about Buddhism. We invite you to explore this most recent offering at the link below, and in the future, in the Resources section of the website.

January 2, 2019

Announcement about free teachings for local and regional visitors from Spiritual Astrologer Glenn Kaufmann:

Happy New year everyone! In this holy-day season of spiritual and religious regeneration I want to share with you my resolution for 2019. Few people realize that the Bible begins and ends with references to Astrology as God's handiwork. In the very first chapter of the Old Testament (Gen.1) is that famous quote wherein God says " Let there be lights...and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years". And then in the very last chapter of the New Testament (Rev.22) John speaks of the Tree of Life, "In the midst...was the tree of life, which bore twelve kinds of fruits, and each month it yielded one of its fruits; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the peoples (or nations, depending on which bible you reference)".
It is the planets and stars of which God speaks in the beginning, and it is the 12 signs of the Zodiac of which John speaks in the end. God said it was "good" and John said it was for "healing". I do not think anyone could say it any better. So I have made my resolution, for the next twelve months I will be offering a free monthly lecture program on Astrology that you might build a better foundation for "good" and push off on the road to "healing" in 2019. The first four lectures of the year will be held at the Silk Road Chai Shop in Mount Shasta, CA.
The Four Cornerstones of Astrology Part I
Understanding the Planets
This Friday evening, January 4th, will be the first of a 4-part back-to-basics Astrology course I will be teaching every first Friday of the month at the Silk Road Chai Shop, 105 E. Alma St. in Mount Shasta.
Since I will be using the facilities at the Silk Road Chai Shop for the first four lectures of 2019, any donations that may be freely given at these first four events will be donated directly to the Silk Road Chai Shop that they may continue to be a light in our community.
For more info go to:
(See also Glenn's inspiring article: Astrology as a Spiritual Path)

December 1, 2018
Holiday Orders

If you are among those who have visited in record-breaking numbers during November to discover and read our most popular articles -- "Getting a Story out of Nowhere," "Paradox," and "The Relationship Between Fiction and Spirituality" -- we invite you to make a purchase from our order page for your holiday lists. Especially for family members and loved ones expanding their spheres of consciousness. All holiday purchases from this website are 20% off retail price. And holiday purchases of volumes of The Third Verse Trilogy will each be signed by the author. You can also have the author include an inscription composed by you for the recipient through the Contact Us page. Be sure to identify your order. We offer wishes for all to have a happy and reflective 2018 Winter Solstice.

 Updated September 22, 2018

The personal story of Mt. Shasta's spiritual astrologer is now posted. You are invited to embrace the higher levels of understanding how we can relate to our birth chart as the mandala of our life at Astrology as a Spiritual Path.

September 19, 2018: A Visionary

     Per capita, there aren't that many of them. In fact, a person could live an amazing life of eight decades or so and never encounter a visionary, much less be one, given the hypnotic spell of mundaneness in this realm. When the veil is ripped, however, and the heart of truth appears, there's nothing that can touch peak experience nor ever eradicate it from memory.
     That's why I choose to spotlight two beings who have stories to tell. One is returning to bring to us the mystic wisdom from his lineage -- Lama Lodru Rinpoche, details on our Events page -- and another whose background also commands attention. Return soon, for in the next few days a new page will appear at this site featuring a personal revelation of how the veil can be ripped, and the result. Watch for the next announcement posted here soon.

Updated September 15, 2018

The topics for Lama Lodru Rinpoche's teaching weekend have been announced. Please go to Events page for these details.

August 22, 2018

We are joyous to announce that Venerable Lama Lodru Rinpoche will offer teachings here in Mt. Shasta Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28. The topic will soon be announced. The location for teachings will be at the same venue as last year, at a private residence, 1520 Shasta Acres Rd., Mt. Shasta, CA. We are co-hosting Rinpoche with the Mount Shasta Friends of Tibetan Culture. As details for this event are known, updates will appear at our Events page. Anyone in our region who would like to volunteer help may contact us through this website. Thank you!

July 11, 2018

Our summer updates have now been posted. There will be a blessed event happening soon -- Friday, July 27 through Sunday, July 29 -- when Mount Shasta Friends of Tibetan Culture will host the return visit of The Nechung Chogtrul Rinpoche and the Nechung Monks. Also, Venerable Lama Lodru Rinpoche returns to give teachings in Mt. Shasta Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28. For details, please go to our Events page.

In addition, our Friends page has been brought up to date, and soon will be expanded.

June 6, 2018

The information about the campaign of Lewis Elbinger for the Congressional seat in California District 1 that you see below remains here for reference. Lewis is now preparing for a full-blown campaign to run in 2020. See more at our Friends page.

February 27, 2018
If you live in District 1, far Northern California, and voted for Bernie Sanders in 2016 - or even if you didn't - the timing is right for us to be represented in Congress by a conscious progressive with 28 years of experience in the U.S. State Department as Foreign Officer. His name, Lewis Elbinger, will be on the June open ballot. Here in Mt. Shasta, CA we are rallying behind him. For all details about Mr..Elbinger's experience and candidacy, go to

March 19, 2018 update: For an excellent and informative interview of Lewis Elbinger by NorCal News Now, go to

April 29, 2018 update: Due to personal volunteer work with Lewis Elbinger's campaign, I have not offered Blooming Rose Press site updates during this period. I highly recommend for visitors to view or return to the campaign website through the link given in the February 27 post above. The site has been greatly expanded since that time. Many facets of what Lewis offers to us that makes the June 5 primary election a historic possibility can be viewed there. Great goodness and hope to all.

February 12, 2018

Are you a wisdom seeker who would like to expand into a meditation tradition? Or a practitioner open to investigating possibilities? Here is our newest posting at Insight Commentaries, featuring two renowned meditation teachers, Joseph Goldstein and Dzogchen Ponlop.

January 12, 2018

We honor our mystical and magical mountain with a new photograph submitted by friend Lisa Whitmer, taken after new snowfall, lit by alpenglow. View at the top of our Home Page, or at the Gallery.

November 14, 2017

Touching our hearts ... A friend of a friend has written about her experience as a volunteer with Friends of Orange County Detainees. With her permission, we are sharing the writing with you at Insight Commentaries.

November 9, 2017

Evolutionary Opportunities! Two Dharma teaching events will take place in Ashland, Oregon during December. Descriptions appear at our Events page.

November 4, 2017

Blooming Rose Press has become HTTPS compliant as of November 3, 2017 as shown by the green padlock at top left of every page. We thank for enabling this protection.

September 22, 2017

The Fall Equinox is a highly significant hallmark date to me. It is the wedding anniversary for my late husband and me, and also the birthday of one of my dearest friends. She and I honor the date together every year. This year I also honor the date with a mind-opening addition to this site's Home Page to call attention to how story, in the tradition of Joseph Campbell, can be a portal to expanded consciousness. At the Home Page, scroll down to the last two paragraphs before the announcement box about Facets of the Diamond. Enjoy! -Lily G. Stephen

December 22, 2015: Our holiday gift to you is a precious photograph. The Kagyu center in San Francisco has sent this picture recently taken in Delhi of (left) Lama Lodu Rinpoche and (right) His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa. A visual blessing for all. Information about Venerable Lama Lodu Rinpoche appears at our Events page.

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