Bodhinatha Safe and Sound in California

Bodhinatha writes that they had a successful trip. He and Shanmuganathaswami have landed safely in California.


Annual Hawaii Farm Bureau Conference

Arumugaswami and Yoginathaswami attended the annual conference of Hawaii Farm Bureau today. It rotates through the islands and is held on Kauai every five years.

It was a good opportunity for networking with our many acquaintances in the agricultural community

Mayor of Kauai was there along with the mayors from the islands (counties) of Maui, Hawaii (the Big Island) and Oahu.

One guest speaker was the chief economist for national farm bureau who spoke challenges facing sustainable agriculture.

Apparently the biggest problem for agriculture is the availability of nitrogen for fertilizer. Today’s primary source of nitrogen in the form of ammonium Nitrate (also used as an explosive) is from oil. Modern agriculture uses hundreds millions of tons of petro chemically based fertilizer. As fossil fuels are depleted, we face fertilizer shortages.

What was not said at the conference: 41% of the fertilizer used in the US in 1999 was for corn and most of that corn was used to feed livestock.

New Destination for TAKA URL

We have made a small change to the destination of the URL for TAKA:

For those of you who have book marked this address:

It will now take you to this blog and display the last ten posts instead of the blog dated for a particular day. This will show you not only today’s posts at the top, but the posts for previous days below. When you arrive there you can also make a new book mark for the blog itself.

Instead of seeing

you will now see (and you can book mark this URL too as it does not change):

The archives will work as they have… click on the link for archives and the posts for individual days will be displayed as usual.

Gift to Children in Sri Lanka

At the Sri Subramuniya Kottam in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, children received a new picture of the monks of Kauai Aadheenam

This replaces the old one they have had there for over 20 years.

Monastery Twitter Updates for 2009-10-28

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