Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Xalapa-Mexico City to Helsinki

Nearly two weeks of teachings, taught at the public university today, many people turned up and we ended on a high in the Xalapa Centre today with teachings on tong len.  I feel very satisfied that this long tour has been beneficial from many points of view but now I feel I need a few days rest, but won't get it in Mexico City as it is going to be busy there with many meetings. 

Helsinki then on to India.  Won't be in touch for a while, so please put into practice the Dharma.  That makes your life totally beneficial.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Vera Cruz-Xalapa

Hi all - just finished Vera Cruz which was hectic.  We enjoyed a weekend retreat on lam rim, which seemed to be enjoyed. Just arrived in Xalapa and after Mexico City.  Just heard marvellous news that I am leading the meditations for the November course in Kopan Monastery.  More news soon!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Meeting with the Governor of Durango

The Governor offered me extremely nice and meaningful presents and then I promptly offered them to Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche, as a means of creating an auspicious occasion.  Hope I was successful!

Durango-Ags-Durango-Guadalajra

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.