Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Week three in the land of Bodhi...

Greetings from outer space!!
Well, that's at least what this feels like at the moment. Sick again with some sort of wonderful new bacteria, feeling spacey, and listening to the flaming lips doing pink floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon in Bodhgaya. That's right, I'm still here! It seems I just can't get enough of this holy place. Going on 3 weeks now, and looks like we'll be here til at least the 25th of January...5 weeks total. In terms of buddhist teachings and teachers, it feels like one incredible opportunity after another here. Along with my friend Robert, I initially came here just to attend the Kagyu Monlam (Kagyu - one of the 4 main buddhist lineages, Monlam - prayer festival) with His Holiness the 17th Karmapa. This is held every year at the Bodhi Tree - the site of the Buddha's enlightenment which happened 2500 years ago. It was heartening and amazing to go to this every day, waking up early to sit under the Tree and recite peaceful aspirations for the world with thousands of people (along with a few modern day buddhas) in attendance.

...well folks, there is much more to this story but it seems my energy is getting low and I should probably get back to the guest house before it cools down too much. We have to come into the main town to do internet stuff, and the guest house is a little ways away from here. But stay tuned, much more to come...

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