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By the students, for the students of Central Washington University

The Observer

By the students, for the students of Central Washington University

The Observer

Dasgupta shares a meal at a Tajik home. Photo courtesy of Sarita Dasgupta

Tea and Talk at Choykhana Rokhat: An Iconic Teahouse

Sarita Dasgupta, Guest Columnist
May 8, 2023

Tea is the preferred beverage of most Asian countries, and they all have unique and interesting customs and traditions attached to the drinking of tea.  In September 2016 I took the two-and-a-half...

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How do the Buddhist religion and the advancement of Artificial Intelligence intersect? Photo courtesy of Pexels.com

Metaphysical Crisis: Buddhism and A.I.

Jampa Dorje, Guest Columnist
May 8, 2023

A revolution is happening that is changing the way we understand the world. Data scientists Tristan Harris and Asa Raskin, co-founders of the Center for Humane Technology and the driving force behind Netflix’s...

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Thoughts on QAnon

Thoughts on QAnon

Jampa Dorje, Guest Columnist
April 8, 2023

I can recognize a Conspiracy theory because it is so kludge-like, so huggermugger—it looks like one, it sounds like one; ergo, it must be one. Pizzagate is generally considered a predecessor to the QAnon...

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Original watercolor artwork depicting the Noah film by Jampa Dorje

Make it new: A response to Aronofsky’s “Noah”

Jampa Dorje, Guest Columnist
February 27, 2023

Darren Aronofsky’s 2014 film, Noah, has generated considerable controversy for deviating from the original depiction of events in the flood story, as related in the Tanakh (or Old Testament).  How much...

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Lock, Stock and Barrel by Howard and Lorraine Barlow. Photo by Jampa Dorje

HUNTING FOR MY INNER ELK

Jampa Dorje, Guest Columnist
February 6, 2023

In the process of examining a particular artwork in a gallery, the mind wanders and then comes back into attentiveness; and when this attentiveness is extended over a period, a sense of losing oneself...

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The Romance of the Tea Clippers

Sarita Dasgupta, Guest Columnist
February 1, 2023

Three decades in the latter half of the nineteenth century, known as the Clipper Age, not only provided great excitement for tea drinkers and for the general public, but also had a major effect on the...

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Chinese Emperor Shennong. Photo courtesy of Google Creative Commons.

The First Taste of Tea 

Sarita Dasgupta, Guest Columnist
December 21, 2022

Like every great discovery  It happened accidentally  When Camellia leaves fell in a bowl  Of boiling water, and, behold!  Infused it into tea!    If you are a tea drinker, you may have...

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