Tuesday, March 2, 2010

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It has taken me a little time to sit down and write some news for you all.  The time in Durango was busy, as I previously said, with both public talks of nearly two hours on television and then repeated on television.  There was an enormous response.  During lunch with some important people from Durango, I mentioned that perhaps Durango needed a stupa in order to change the energy of negativity to positive.  This was received very enthusiastically by non-Buddhists and the suggestion was put to the Governor.  The Governor then said he wanted to meet me, but unfortunately on the day it was supposed to happen, there was a security crisis (also proving the need for a stupa!).  So, I drove in pouring rain to see a potential site in a park that the Government would like to offer for the stupa, then drove over six hours to Aguascalientes, taught Living Peacefully, Dying Peacefully to a big crowd of over 50 people, heard Martha resign as the Director and Victor appointed as the temporary Director, then drove back to Durango on Sunday evening, met the Governor on Monday and we put the project to him.  He was very kind and said many complimentary things, and said he liked the project very much and it would be put to the Municipal Government as a proposal.  Then we drove to Guadalajara which is many hours away and then I gave a teaching on Thursday night on Forgiveness.  Friday and the weekend we had a Tara retreat.  Sunday evening Refuge and Bodhisattva vows.  Monday we met my friend who owns the beautiful restaurant where I took the photograph with the Buddha last time.  Today I have some meetings and then I leave tomorrow for Serlinpa and Destructive Emotions.  Then Vera Cruz and a retreat, plus Reiki for beginners, then Xalapa and 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva.