Sunday, December 13, 2009

Luxury retreat in Cancun

This may well be the most luxurious retreat yet. I am sitting in my air-conditioned room with ensuite bathroom and an outdoor Jacuzzi all to myself, and they expect me to lead a retreat! It is difficult enough leaving the room, ha ha! Anyway, we are a few hours drive from Cancun in the countryside. This is an eco-resort which belongs to a relative of Sonia’s. Around 17 people in the group and we are discussing Atisha’s Precious Rosary for the development of Bodhicitta. Ani Paldron is assisting me with meditations and Moya from the Cozumel FPMT group is very ably translating. Next Tuesday I teach on the practice of forgiveness; Thursday I will talk about how to develop a daily practice and then on the weekend there is a group of people learning how to give Reiki. The following week we travel to Cozumel, the island paradise, for two days, returning to Cancun to fly out on the 24th to Puebla and then on the 26th December we drive to Serlinpa, Zitacuaro for the Medicine Buddha retreat. It is really busy in Mexico, so if I don’t get a chance to do this before Christmas, I wish you all the very best for Christmas and the New Year. We should remember at Christmas that Jesus taught how to develop qualities, particularly love and tolerance and as Buddhists we should pay attention to the many opportunities we have to subdue the afflictive emotions and develop qualities. Thank you. (this was a reminder to myself, of what I should do)….......much affectionate love, Venerable Namgyel.
Ps from my room I am looking straight out onto the swimming pool, which would be incredible, but as most of you know I don’t like swimming, but I do like looking at water, so that’s another benefit of being here, from my bed I can see blue water and behind blue sky……very cooling.