Author Archives: Alan Clements

Visit to Tuting Tibetan settlement, Arunarchal Pradesh 2002

Alan Clements and Eve Rotstein of the Tibet Relief Fund take a long boat journey from Dibrugarh to Pasighat on the Brahmaputra river. A long Jeep journey take sthem to the fr north of the upper Siang District close to the Chinese border. The refugees need support and are very welcoming but some are now very old since they left Tibet. The pictures of the wire bridge 300ft above the Siang river are spectacular.

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Gyuto Tantric Monastery at Tenzin Gang in Bomdila 2002

My visit to Tibetan settlements in Arunachal Pradesh in 2002 delivering aid to Tibetan refugees funded by the Lottery Project included a visit to Tenzingang settlement. To my surprise I stumbled on a monastery that I found intriguing. The settlement officer introduced me to the abbot, and we had dinner. He invited me to attend a Buddhist service to hear the most spiritual sounds I had ever experienced.

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Rhododendrons in May

Although we have lime soil, we have potted up a number of Rhododendrons to place around the garden, partivularly around out seat number 9 looking onto the stream and "Paradise garden".

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Visioning the future: Interview with Dr Walter Burki, 1996

Dr Walter Burki, a management consultant from Zurich, took my printing company with 125 employees through a cultural change programme. He helped me create a vision for the future of company, but most importantly carry the employees with me with a programme of workshops. His key phrases to us all were " speak your truth without fear" and "what really matters to you". Easier said than done! In a rare moment he agreed to be interviewed on the subject of visioning for the future. A rare insight into corporate thinking from this very inspiring man. Although this insight into visioning was with companies in mind, I always found it very helpful on a personal basis when I was trying to think about my own future. The key to this method was to "break out of the box" and bring some genuine change into my life.

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Interview with the Dalai Lama 1998: Tibetan settlements in Arunachal Pradesh

Alan Clements and Liz Banks, trustees of the Tibet Relief Fund, interview the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India, following their visit to the Tibetan settlements of Miao and Tezu in Arunachal Pradesh. Lottery project funding was donated to these settlements for tractors, an old people's home and healthcare. The Dalai Lama talks about his attitude to negotiations with the Chinese Government.

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Gardening for Health

Cascades Gardens has always been a great source of peace of mind and mental wellbeing. Alan traces his and his family's struggle with health and how much the garden has helped healing and recouperation. Gardening has helped with stress reduction, mental health, lower blood pressure and fitness.

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Cascades Gardens: A Spiritual Journey

Alan describes how at an early age he became in awe of nature, and describes his travels in India and Tibet. He outlines his search for life's purpose by a visit to the Dalai Lama. He talks about how gardens can be good for our health and how it teaches us about birth, death and renewal. He describes his visit to Japanese gardens and learning Zen meditation. He finally talks about his own spiritual awakening from discovering the laws of quantum physics.

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Celebrating nature, gaining peace of mind

A review of Cascades Garden's origins. Visiting Japanese gardens and learning meditation. Discovering the importance of Nature which grounds us and gives a sence of harmony and balance. Gardens and gardening can give us peace of mind.

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Cascades Gardens April 2020

Alan Clements talks about the development of Cascades Gardens. Starting with a jungle, he outlines the introduction of Perennial flower borders, Hellebores, Conifer rockery and the gardens that inspired him.

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The Tao cannot be defined

“Something mysteriously formed. Born before heaven and earth. In the silence and the void. Standing alone and unchanging. Ever present and in motion. I do not know its name, Call it Tao

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