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Medicine Buddha Empowerment comes to Bernalillo

Vairotsana Foundation of New Mexico proudly announces a visit by its founder, the Venerable Bhakha Tulku Rinpoche. Rinpoche is known for his humility and persevering kindness. He has an affinity for earth-centered activities and is currently in the process of creating earth-healing vases to be buried around the world.

The Atmabodh Yoga Studio in Bernalillo will host a Medicine Buddha Empowerment on Friday June 28 at 7:00 p.m. Receiving this empowerment gives one the blessing to work more effectively with the Medicine Buddha for healing oneself, others, and the planet. The transmission comes direct from an unbroken line of spiritual masters. Rinpoche is recognized by all the schools of Tibetan Buddhism and has monasteries in Bhutan and Tibet. He will be in New Mexico from June 9 to 30. For a schedule of events via E-mail, call Anne Phillips at 877-7246. For other questions, call Karuna Fluhart at 867-8531.


St. Anthony fiesta returns to Placitas

After an interruption of several years, the San Antonio Mission community will again hold their Fiestas de San Antonio. The vigil of the feast of Saint Anthony will be held on Saturday, June 29, starting at 6:30 p.m. with the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and ending with a procession honoring the saint. On Sunday, June 30, the fun and games of the fiesta will begin at 12:00 noon on the church grounds . Hamburgers will be served all day. Bingo will be ongoing, as well as music for those who want to dance or just listen. Six booths will be open, each featuring various games of chance for those who feel lucky. Come, enjoy, and celebrate the Fiestas de San Antonio in the village of Placitas.

Placitas fiestas remembered from 1910

—“A Chat with Aurelia Gurule,” from Conversations of the Past/PlÁticas del Pasado, a book produced in 1976 by the Placitas Community Library Board with special thanks to Christina Gonzales and Vivian DeLara

  • I was sixteen years old when I came to Placitas in 1912. I was married at the age of fourteen. My family’s last name was Garcia, and they lived in Corrales. My husband, Pedro Gurule, was forty-four years old when I married him.
  • I did not know many people here, but little by little I got acquainted with them. Among the first people I knew was my sister-in-law, Rumaldita Gurule.

    I was married in 1910 and I arrived here in November. They (the residents) told me that November 13 was the Fiestas of Placitas. Immediately I began preparing food for the fiestas to wait for the many people who would come from other places.

    The fiestas vespers were celebrated November twelfth. The Father would come from Bernalillo to give mass. At night, they would use luminarias made from ocote, a kind of wool. In procession, they would take San Antonio de Pauda from the church and go all around the town. On other nights, they would only take him around the church yard.

    The first church here that I remember was situated where George Randle now lives. Somebody had stolen the child that lay in San Antonio de Pauda’s arms. The village collected enough money from the townspeople and they bought a new San Antonio de Pauda. This is the saint that exists now.

    Then November thirteenth, the day of the fiestas, they would celebrate mass in the morning. Afterwards, everyone would invite their friends or guests to come and eat with them. After the meal, they would have a dance at a hall near the church. At night there would be another dance.

    The dances would be at the house that used to be Mr. Stewart’s house in the village. The floor was dirt and every little while they would have to sprinkle it to prevent dust. Everyone that thought about it would take a chair.

    On November fourteenth, there would be what is called “the return of the saint.” They would again have a ceremony in the church and trade mayordomos. The mayordomos were husband and wife and they would take care of the saint all year. Each year they would trade mayordomos.

    After that, the people would go to the home of the mayordomos that were about to relinquish their duties. Here they would serve refreshments and then they would proceed to the new mayordomos’ home where they would again have refreshments and another dance. Much grape wine was served in everybody’s home.

    It was a long journey to go to Albuquerque for clothes, so you had to make them at home. I used to make may outfits for ladies in the village [to wear to the fiestas]. I would make them exactly as they were illustrated in the catalogs. The patterns were made from old sheets. I would starch the sheets quite heavily because it was easier to cut the pattern. There was no paper then in Placitas.