Monday, December 21, 2009

CANCUN TEACHING FINISHED

I spent the weekend teaching 16 people Reiki for beginners and we had a really good time, especially as the weather decided to cool off. When we first arrived in Cancun it was around 30C but now it is 22C today and heavy rain. On Thursday we take the flight to Puebla and then drive to Zitacuaro on the 26th ready for the Medicine Buddha retreat on the 27th......Happy Christmas and New Year to you all.

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.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Puebla retreat



A beautiful photo of the volcano at night, taken by Ceci and a group photo at the end of the retreat. You can see my new attendant on my left, Venerable Paldron.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Puebla

Hello, just returned from a four day retreat on a mountain, at 3,500metres looking onto a volcano. Here is a photo from the window of my room. The venue was a Christian monastery and very well organised by Ma. Carmen. Ani Paldron has been attending me and leading the meditations and will continue to travel with me to Cancun and Serlinpa. She was one of my students from last year and has now taken ordination. Some good karma ripened! I think the people enjoyed the retreat and many were psychologists. They said they would use the teachings to change and that is encouraging. On Tuesday we fly to Cancun. With all best wishes, Ven.