Settling In, Remembering to Breathe

August 28, 2009 § 2 Comments



I’ve been gone for a few months now. In June, I was in Arizona for a while. Then I left for Maryland the first of July. Drove up to the Palyul temple in New York, and stayed there for 5 weeks. Then back in Maryland for another week.

After returning to Colorado for a couple of days, I then left again for a mindfulness retreat with the international sangha of monks and nuns from Thich Nhat Hanh’s Plum Village (based out of France). I still haven’t unpacked or done laundry. Just enjoying sitting for a bit, breathing, smiling at the clouds in the sky.

The picture above is from the retreat in New York, at Palyul Ling. The western ordained met with His Holiness Karma Kuchen Rinpoche to receive advice from him. He is truly wonderful. In my heart there is no separation between him and His Holiness Penor Rinpoche. There is a continuity in the teachings, in the blessings, in the wisdom. Penor Rinpoche trained him for his current position as head of Palyul. In fact, the two of them have been leap-frogging through time and space, taking turns as head of the lineage. The two of them have been sharing the responsibility for many years now. So in truth there is no break in the teachings. Now we simply wait for Penor Rinpoche to return to us.

In the picture, that’s me to Rinpoche’s left (or looking at the pic, to your right). I didn’t care if my face was hidden in the picture, although I’m glad it isn’t. I just wanted to sit as close to Rinpoche as I could. I felt like a little kid, wanting to crawl up into my father’s lap. (Just to clarify, yes, I did restrain myself. I remained on the floor.)


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