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Himachal Pradesh, India

Himachal Pradesh, India

We have been back in the U.S. for the last couple months and the time has gone by fast. Studying and practicing in India has been very beneficial. It also gave us the opportunity to reflect on the past few years, where we would like to be in the future and how to cultivate Lamplighter with the motivation to benefit others.

The online store has been updated with some new inventory. While some of our products have changed, our emphasis has also changed a bit. Instead of focusing primarily on selling products, we are going to shift direction more toward building an online meditation and mindfulness community. This was our original motivation & vision for Lamplighter Company and we're looking forward to the journey ahead.

For now, our focus will be more on writing updates and blog posts. We are also open to suggestions on the content you would be interested in. Please keep in touch by email: or reach out on
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We’re planning to return to India this winter, most likely before the Holiday season. All contributions and sales will go towards our practice and studies. Thank you all again for your time and support, wishing you many blessings.

Posted by Kate Dutton and John Almanzor on September 26, 2019.

Mahabodhi Temple, Bodh Gaya, India

Mahabodhi Temple, Bodh Gaya, India

We arrived in Bodh Gaya the end of January but it feels like we’ve been here much longer than that! Bodh Gaya is a small, dusty town west of Varanasi in Bihar, one of the poorest states in India. Traditionally a farmland, it’s common to see cows, goats, chickens and dogs wandering the streets but it’s become quite a bustling tourist and pilgrimage destination. People from all over the world come to visit and pay homage to Siddhartha Gautama, known as the Buddha, who meditated and nearly starved himself to death before realizing what he called the Middle Way, when he became enlightened. It happened 2500 years ago, but somehow the energy of the place makes his presence very much alive today through the many people gathered around the holy site under the famous Bodhi tree making offerings and reciting prayers.

Just outside the Mahabodhi Temple complex, which is where the main temple and Bodhi tree resides, is a busy hustle and bustle of beggars, children, and those who are disabled, sick and aging asking for money as well as many street vendors selling flowers, butter lamps and much more to the visitors. The Buddha’s first teaching in Sarnath called the First Noble Truth where he stated, “There is suffering” is alive in every moment in Bodh Gaya. The harsh conditions have weathered the local folk and it all becomes part of the greater picture as to why the Buddha chose to become enlightened here. Perhaps if he chose an area where people were really healthy, rich or overall doing well then his teachings wouldn’t have such resonance.

Our lives here have been quite simple. We’re staying in a guest house about 1/2 mile from the complex. We eat all of our meals at the Tibetan Om restaurant, which mostly consists of Momos (Tibetan dumplings) and Banana tsampa (wheat porridge). The food is delicious and homemade by a very kind Tibetan family. We visit the Mahabodhi temple each day and practice. And we also have been practicing at Tergar monastery. I’m really grateful for the opportunity to be here, it’s profoundly inspiring for our practice and I hope to benefit others more in the future.

Posted by Kate Dutton on February 17, 2019.

View from Royal Arch, Boulder, CO

View from Royal Arch, Boulder, CO

Getting ready to leave for India in the next few weeks and reflecting on how grateful I am for the past year in Colorado. The teachings and retreats we attended, growing both our practice and business, connecting with different communities and exploring the beautiful nature. We’ve grown a lot. The vulnerability is creeping in again, that familiar feeling of the excitement of what’s to come and the fear of letting go. In a recent teaching, I heard a teacher say that renunciation is not about giving up this or that, it’s not about not caring about things anymore. It’s about putting yourself in line with the teachings so that you can better yourself and others. It’s really hard to give up the familiar comforts of living here but I hope that through our meditation practice and study in India we can cultivate ourselves to be of more benefit to others. It might not seem logical or practical, I’m not going to India for specifically business reasons. I’m following my heart and my devotion to making the world a better place.

Posted by Kate Dutton on January 7, 2019.