After being on the road for three months and returning to San Francisco for just over a week, I headed up to Leggett California to join my wife Sarah at a Tibetan Buddhist Retreat Center called Rangjung Yeshe Gomde, or just Gomde for short.
Since I’ve gotten here I’ve had some time to work on my book everyday. The retreats here taper off with the end of the September and we are staying around to help run the place for the next three months. Hopefully this will give me a lot of time to write. Lots of people have asked me what I’m writing about so I’ve conjured a proto-title: Obscuring the Martial Arts; how and why the arts have been cut off from their roots and what finding those roots reveals about contemporary practice. It’s a start.
Anyway, Gomde is on the Eel River which is great for swimming this time of year and we have a canoe to paddle about in too. We are sleeping outside in a big tent until things quiet down for the fall. Hopefully by the time the rains start some private indoor space will open up.
In this part of the country you have to really look where you are walking because you might step on a hippy, there are a lot of them up here. I have deep respect for those highly evolved individuals who have developed the ability to manage incompetent people. Blessings.
Besides my usual gongfu practice, writing and helping with whatever needs to get done around here, I’ve been playing my tabla drum and chatting with the Tibetan language experts and various Doctoral candidates in Buddhist studies. Gomde is at the center of a project which is working on translating 84,000 Buddhist texts.
I do plan to write about Tibetan Buddhism a bit. I’m working up to it.