I'll be camping out in the Oregon Coastal Mountains until July 12th, beyond the reach of the internet and cell phones, taking part in our annual Berkeley Monastery Community Retreat. So I won't be posting til I return. I'll be back with stories and photos next week!
Yesterday marked the Summer Solstice,the longest day of the year, and the beginning of the astrological sign Cancer. Tuesday night, June 24th, 2014, at 7:30 PM at Teance Tea Shop on 4th Street in Berkeley, we will convene our long-running Tea & Dharma gathering. Tomorrow's topic will be "Stories and Songs Of the Summertime." Please come with a favorite story to share from your own childhood (or adulthood) that involves the summer time.
When did you last have that "endless summer" feeling,with its infinite innocence and infinite possibilities? Did summer mean family vacations? A birthday (for you Leos and Cancerians and Virgos!) Did it mean family trips to the lake or road trips around the country? Did it mean summer jobs or summer schools? Do you have a memory of lazy days and hazy nights on the dock under the stars or perhaps a ritual of passage that marked a sudden awareness of time passing; a time that marked transition from childhood to maturity?
Please join us to share a story about your appreciation of summer: a flavor, a family custom, a relationship, a journey. There will be songs, (oh those summer songs!) puppets, fantastic teas to sample and fellowship galore!
In the Buddha's time, peacocks were fierce, respected soldiers who guarded the Dharma and beings who cultivated according to the Buddha's instructions. This fine fellow lives at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas in Talmage, California. (To see him larger, click on the picture.)
Ollie the Kookaburra wants to laugh with you! Tuesday night, 7:30 PM, at Teance Tea Shop on 4th Street in Berkeley, we will meet for our next session of Tea and Dharma! Our topic will be "Story-telling: Time Travel To Find Our Way Home." Using music, puppets and photos, we will share stories of our ancestors and their journeys through space to the present moment. Please come to share a story and enjoy some of the world's finest teas. I have some new tales from Australia.
Tonight (Thursday evening, Singapore time) will be the final lecture of my series on "The Practices and Vows of Samantabhadra Bodhisattva" from the Avatamsaka Sutra. The address is The Buddhist Union Dharma Center, 42 Lowland Road, in Singapore, near the Kovan MRT Station. We begin at 7:30. Please come by if you're in town!
I had the pleasure of learning with these outstanding folks this semester at Bond University in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. Thirteen weeks is not long enough - - the semester is already over just as we were going deep. (In the photo we're missing Dan LeMaitre, Emily Danaher, Nicole Gibson, Nona Gillis and Caitlin Corcoran.)