So grateful to be fully swimming in the works of Master Vasubandhu (4th C.E.) these days in beautiful Hualien, Taiwan. There is a story about him that he would hold small Dharma classes during the day to pay the rent on a small house and then at night he would compile the whole days lecture into a single verse. After some 600+ verses he had his seminal Abhidharmakosha.
There is that brief dilated moment, in an earthquake, between the percept and the concept, when everything in the body seems unhinged. The thought arises "hmmm something feels not right". Then I heard the water in the toilet sloshing around and it dawned on me what was happening. Two more smaller ones followed later in the day.
Old and new friends together for a class on how to use the 12th century master Dorje Sangye's lojong techniques to work with anxiety. Later in the day an asana workshop on working with the symbolism of the Shiva Nataraja image. Tomorrow breaks a new record with stops in three cities, via busses, cars and high speed trains.
A wonderful trip to Blairstown, NJ. Much thanks to Cheryl at The Breathing Room, for accommodating an unexpected full house and old friend Amy Rovine for inviting us.
Then Will and Ann visited the beautiful Genesis Farms, an eco-community of the Dominican Sisters in N.J. to explore a little bit of their philosophy of Earth Literacy.
Last night we had a beautiful night in the Swedenborg Cathedral in Byrn Athyn, PA, a place that has taken on legendary status in my mind based on the many beautiful people that have come into my life from this one square mile town. Our host the infamous Joram van Zyverden took us on a behind the scenes tour of this thickly vibrant and palpable building. Much thanks to everyone for a really special couple of days.