The surprising news is that the retreat is going very well, without any problems! The group settled down really quickly and have expressed many times to me personally, that they are so happy to be here and they like the location at the base of the Himalayas and next to the river. Ven Tenpa and Ven Tenzin are working hard leading the group and I have interviews with four retreaters every day. A very good and auspicious beginning to Song River being a retreat venue.
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Well, we had an interesting start to the retreat - of course the weather had to change - it had been quite warm and sunny till the 15th January and then the fog appeared, the clouds appeared and the rain came down! All day Saturday we had thunder and lightning and then at sunset two beautiful rainbows appeared, curving down into the Ganges. The group is doing really well, I think. They seem to be adjusting to the schedule and precepts every day and I rejoice in their determination and enthusiasm. We have people from Australia, Finland, Sweden, Russia and Mexico, so it is quite a mixed group. I will keep you updated on what is happening as we go along. Ven Namgyel.