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.)
He's the new best friendof the residents of Paramita House, here in the bush of Southeastern Queensland. A little veggie ham, some kind words and he thinks we're okay. Make him laugh and you'll reach for the noise-cancelling headphones.