Posts Tagged ‘buddha’

Practicing Compassionate Capitalism

January 26, 2011

This is old news, but I thought I would put it up on my Blog anyway.  When the Dalai Lama spoke in Hailey, ID, in 2005, I took over a truck and trailer load of Buddhas from our warehouse in Boise and set up on the side of the highway to sell them. It was a great experience! This is the week I coined the phrase, “compassionate capitalism.” My truck and trailer sales area was ‘the’ gathering place for all media and everyone visiting from out of town because, when the Dalai Lama wasn’t speaking, he was behind closed doors in private meetings and there was nothing else to do. Below are links to the AP and Tibetan News articles. I was also interviewed by TV and radio and made it on to the infamous, “Bob and Tom” show saying I was “practicing compassionate capitalism.”

Dalai Lama attracts a diverse crowd to mountain resort – www.phayul.com.

Here is a link to an Associated Press (AP) article at NWKansas.com saying telling the same story. The Sun Valley area had RECORD hotel bookings. In fact, hotels were full in Idaho Falls (115 miles away), Pocatello (104 miles away), Twin Falls (58 miles away) and some people came every day from Boise (96 miles away) to see the Dalai Lama. Or, was it to buy hand carved stone Buddhas from me? Hmmmm……

Here’s another link to the Canada Tibet committee.

Here’s another link to the website of the International Cultic Studies with the headline, “It Was A Buddhist Woodstock.” Interestingly, this headline really sums up the weekend.

And, last but not least, this was the shortened version of the AP article most newspapers printed. I ran into an aquiantance in Indonesia 3 years after this event who read the AP article in his newspaper in Honolulu. My, how news spreads…….

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Impact Imports of Boise, Idaho USA

July 2, 2009

I own a business, along with my wife, Suzanne, called IMPACT IMPORTS USA, Inc. We started this business in 2001 and we import a mix of product from Indonesia only. These unique products include reclaimed teak furniture (old growth teak!), architectural elements (old beams from ships & houses, pillars, old doors, old windows) traditional houses / structures (Joglo & Gladak Houses), hand carved fountains and garden stone (limestone, lava stone & ‘Lombok’ stone), handmade onyx & marble vessel sinks & bathtubs, marble & onyx mosaic tile, home accessories and fabulous handmade silver jewelry made in Bali (many of them Suzanne’s designs). Impact Imports has a 10,000 square foot warehouse located in Boise Idaho and we are open by appointment, or Fridays and Saturdays 10am to 5pm. Visit our website here: impactimportsusa.com

Part of the 10,000 square foot Impact Imports warehouse in Boise, Idaho. Come Explore!

Part of the 10,000 square foot Impact Imports warehouse in Boise, Idaho. Come Explore!

My First Blog Post

June 28, 2009

This is my first blog post. I am almost certain around 99% of new bloggers post a similar statement when they execute their first blog post, so I know its not a profound or necessarily clever statement…..  Just bear with me.

I started traveling to Asia in 1986 when I was sent to Japan on a business trip to install the first pellet burning stoves in Japan. I spent 3 weeks there and was overwhelmed with the sights, sounds, smells and activity of Tokyo and the surrounding areas. Since then, I have traveled many times to Japan, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Indonesia and have enjoyed every trip.  I have built houses and commercial buildings in Japan, China and Taiwan, and I have met the President of the largest Communist country in the world and the first democratically elected President of Taiwan, both extraordinary events to me. But currently just import great product from Indonesia and get to travel to / from Indonesia 2 to 3 times per year!

This Blog is going to highlight some of my trip experiences, landscape or architecture photos I have taken, houses and buildings I have built and unique products Impact Imports currently brings in to the USA from Indonesia.  I hope you find this blog interesting and informative.  My business homepage is:  impactimportsusa.com.  Please visit us some time.