My first teaching is tonight and then all day tomorrow and Saturday. They are expecting 30 or so people, some Bangladeshi, so that is wonderful for a fairly new group. All thanks to Laura's energy in putting out the word.
Just received a photo from my "minder" in Bunbury - Michael. He did a truly great job organising food, people, and whatever needed to be done during the time I was there (including driving me for many hours to places like Dunsborough and Denmark). When he saw this photo, he realised how much bigger than me he is - he is tall!
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
As Shantideva said in the Bodhicaryavatara:
If one who is influenced by fettering passions
Will even kill himself,
How can it be
That he will not harm others?
Influenced by fettering passions
He will destroy himself and others, too.
If I am angry and have no compassion,
I am worse than he.
"The third meditation of patience is on teacher and disciple. If there is no lama to impart instruction, there can be no vow. If there is no teacher to explain the Dharma, there can be no realization. Similarly, if there is no enemy who harms you, there can be no practice of patience. Thus, feel that those who abuse you are the teachers of patience. Be happy at this opportunity and concentrate on repaying their kindness. Meditating that you are a disciple being taught patience, do not be angry."
Monday, October 25, 2010
Bangkok at first sight seemed fairly similar to my last visit. However, I slowly realised that the water level is very high and many people are really suffering from floods within the city. There is more rain predicted so the danger has not passed. I am enjoying a bit of relaxation (apart from many looks from people wondering what I am!) and tomorrow on to Dhaka and some teachings.
Monday, October 18, 2010
On the weekend, Michael one of my past students from Medicine Buddha in Kopan, drove me down to Denmark on the coast, which took four hours and I taught all day Saturday and Sunday on Peaceful Living, Peaceful Dying. It was a very enthusiastic crowd with lots of questions and feedback. Tonight we have the last of my formal teaching in Bunbury. Thursday is a meditation evening and Saturday morning again meditations based on Peaceful Living, Peaceful Dying.
A good friend of mine, Gonpo la from McLeod Ganj, HP, India has just started his own website, which is very nice, if you are interested in natural healing, he is wonderful. The site is: www.gonpotherapy.com
Sunday I fly to Bangkok, then on to Dhaka and a few days of teaching on Destructive Emotions and then to Kathmandu where I am leading the meditations on the November course.
Take care, much love and remember to Open Your Heart!
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Since arriving I have taught a reiki course, Peaceful Living, meditation for busy people and today, the funniest day, Dorje Khadro fire puja in the rain! Next weekend I teach in Denmark. Back to Bunbury for a few days and then the flight to Bangkok.