June 17, 2009 § 1 Comment
Just got a phone call from my mother. A child born in the family, yesterday around 1pm, has some sort of rare blood disorder. “Negative … antigen … platlet … disesase.” Those are the pieces of the puzzle that she remembers.
His name is Brody Joseph Brumfield. Please, however you pray, please lift his name in prayer. So heart breaking, to see such a small being suffer.
May little Brody be healed, his bone marrow begin producing the proper platlet proteins, and he live a life of mindfulness, with the lessons of samsara beginning so soon.
But if he cannot be healed, if he cannot bear this suffering, may he instantly find himself in the arms of compassion, in heaven, in Dewachen, in the Pureland, in the heart of a lotus.
June 14, 2009 § Leave a comment
I leave Thursday for Arizona, to be at the Garchen Institute for about a week. During that time I have the great fortune to be a part of a Nyunge Retreat.
Never been to a Nyunge Retreat before, though I’ve wanted to for many years. Seems my aspiration prayers are coming to fruition. I’m very thankful for some sponsors here in Colorado who are covering the expense of the trip. Otherwise, I would not be going.
I’ve never done one before, but I do know it involves fasting and prostrations. The first day one eats lunch, then only fluids for the remainder of the day. No food or water the 2nd day, with plenty of prostrations. The third day, the fast is broken, but I don’t know at what time. One practices mindful silence the entire time, spending much time in prayer and mantra recitation.
The practice dates back to a Bhikshuni (fully ordained nun) who was from Afghanistan. In Tibet, she is remembered by the name of Gelongma Palmo. The practice is supposed to bring great blessings to the practitioner, purifying vast amounts of negative karma through the arising of the compassion of Thousand-Armed Avalokitashavara.
Chenrezig has been a great blessing in my life, and it is with great joy that I am readying for the trip to Arizona.
June 2, 2009 § 1 Comment
With the nursing program behind me, a friend and I took a trip to Trail Ridge Road, up on the north side of Estes Park, Colorado. It’s one of my favorite places on the planet. Here are some pictures to show you why.
|Trail Ridge Road
(click on image for picture gallery)