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October 7, 2008

Vajrapani Retreat Center: find the plastic; win a prize!

 

Vajrapani Institute is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery nestled in the Santa Cruz mountains. Care for the earth and all its creatures is one of its core practices, to the extent that the members try as much as possible to avoid killing even insects. This is where I spent the weekend, sitting in silence, listening to the birds, showering among the trees, and just having a moment to breath.

I love taking pictures, so on the last day of the retreat, I snapped a few to share with you. But so as not to lose the theme of this blog, let’s make a little contest. To the person who can identify a large mass of plastic hidden within one of these photos, I’ll send a copy of Sierra Club’s book, Seven Wonders for a Cool Planet: Everyday Things to Help Solve Global Warming.icon It’s a nifty little book that Sierra Club sent me to review. But after reading it, I’d rather just pass it along and see what you think.

Next week, I’ll reveal the winner and also discuss the ramifications of this type of plastic and its use. But for now, just enjoy. You can click on each photo to see a larger version.



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27 comments
Citizen Green
Citizen Green

I believe that the insects in your photo are termites. That brings up a dilemma for the people at the retreat center. Do they kill the termites, do they use treated wood, do they live in peace with the termites and let them eat the building, do they use plastic instead of wood? Hopefully the termites are in the woods and not in the building.

Fake Plastic Fish
Fake Plastic Fish

One person has guessed the answer I was looking for. But others may be right about some plastic, too. I'll post the answer as well as some thoughts about it next week. Leaving for the "No Plastic Left Behind" conference in Southern Cal in a few hours. See you!

Anonymous
Anonymous

How about the camera taking the pictures? I bet that has a lot of plastic and it is in every picture!TG(Yes, I get the smart-aleck from my father.)

Julie
Julie

Ooh, I recant. I definitely think it's the decking around the larger building. I've been at houses with the reclaimed plastic decking before.

Julie
Julie

I'm thinking maybe the skylights on all of the buildings - I know they're plastic at our house. If not, I'll agree with the masses on the steps and railings.

froghair
froghair

Hm. I was going to say the rope that the Tibetan Prayer Flags are strung on (I know mine is plastic), but with your massive hint, I'll have to go with the faux logs/decking of the walkway. thanks for sharing!

Laura
Laura

I agree with Veronique, the outer walls of the house don't look natural... Plastic walls?! I've only ever seen those in caravans.

Christy
Christy

I am going to guess it is the railings of the porch on the house. They appear to be made from plastic lumber. I also noticed the lights along the one path but they aren't what I would consider big.

GreenOfficeBlog
GreenOfficeBlog

Wow! What a gorgeous natural structure! I love the beauty of buildings like this, because they remind people that our Earth is worth saving. It's common for spiritualists to look to nature to find peace and comfort, which is a practice that we could all engage in each day if we worked hard to preserve the foliage around us.

AppleMurr
AppleMurr

In the sixth photo, there are lights along the pathway which are made of plastic.

lauren
lauren

I have to agree with the siding on the second house or the "wooden" path.

ciboulette
ciboulette

I think it's the background in the picture of the flying ants. ???

Véronique
Véronique

I guess the outer part of the bungalow that seems to be wooden are made by some plastic like PVCVéronique

CatMominPhilly
CatMominPhilly

I'm going to go out on a "limb" here literally....the walk-ways/pathways with the bridge/steps/railing looks like that fake plastic wood you see sometimes...From a distance it looks real, but it has that plastic sheen to it. On children's playgrounds you often see this. Yes, that's my guess...the bridge/steps/railing on the pathways. I hope i'm wrong..that would be sad.

Fake Plastic Fish
Fake Plastic Fish

You guys are good! I didn't even noticed that little green thing in the fountain. But remember, I said it's a large mass of plastic. So think big.

Allie
Allie

I think everyone else seems to have taken a good stab at finding the plastic, but I did want to say that your pictures are beautiful!

Tanya
Tanya

I see a plastic sheet at the edge of the fountain. It also looks like there is a green sheet of plastic inside the fountain itself and of course the beads.

Maya
Maya

I would say that the siding on the house is plastic...

Cynthia
Cynthia

the fountain is plastic?

Mel
Mel

I'm going to say the 2nd picture down in your grouping of photos. The one that looks like there is a big window...and there seems to be plastic from the upper left 'raining' across to the bottom left. Not sure what it's hanging from.mel

TMC
TMC

Um... I think there's a plastic chair on the deck, but I also wondered if some of the deck railing on the house is plastic. If I have to pick one, I'll say the chair.

Fix
Fix

I see a plastic deck chair - def. not conducive to enjoying the view! Megan

hillary
hillary

Vinyl siding on the house?

Anarres
Anarres

I see plastic in the fountain - a float, a greenish sheet, a rectangular clear bag and suspected plastic beads. Plus I saw the skylight, too, but that's not debris.If you'd found a pile of plastic debris in the woods, you would have cleaned it up for sure!I am going up North for Thanksgiving this weekend and hope to enjoy woodsey goodness.Love & RRRevolution, Tracey

PaintedPath
PaintedPath

Oh..there's also the beads draped over the water statue. I'm assuming those are not real pearls. Chris

PaintedPath
PaintedPath

i see two plastics. The skylights (if that's what they are) and the power cable running across the top of one of the nature shots. Am I right? ChrisPS- What a lovely place to be!

Laura
Laura

I believe I can spot plastic in photo #5, the one with Buddha sitting in a fountain. Am I right? Do I also have to guess its use? Because from here I haven't a clue.

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