Day 23 heading to menla

Day 23 5:30 AM Overcast with a bit of sun. Today, for me, the challenge changes form. I head North to Pantherkill Road. It takes about 6 hours to arrive at Menla Mountain Retreat in upstate New York. The Dalai Lama donated the land so it has a special quality to it. Sacred. I go there to study with Richard Freeman, Bob Thurman, John Campbell, and John Bultman. I practice with friends that I see only in retreat setting. This creeping away has become a very important part of my life. 
Bob Thurman was the first westerner to be ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist monk. He will be bantering back and forth with Richard and John about the similarities and differences between Mahayana Buddhism and Vedantic philosophies. Enlightenment in both traditions is described as indescribable. We will look at experiencing the infinite universe as our very own body (Dharmakaya). This method is one inadequate but fertile way to point at that moon. 
Bob describes the doorway to such enlightenment as a critical concentrative search for knowledge of the ultimate reality. Juicy.
So today I drive, I head for the mountains. I’ll be with myself as I enter myself. I won’t be at the studio for the challenge this week but I will blog each day. I will miss you at Midtown and will be watching your attendance, so push on! Look for the unbreakable, live in the infinite….where is it? Practice, Practice, Practice.

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