And indeed, as if on cue, the rain has begun to fall in earnest this afternoon. The rainy season is a good chance to take a serious look at my practice and study and give it a boost where it might need one. My resolution is to finally take some time to do intensive practice, putting aside my studies for ten-day retreat periods (at least one or two!). In the next few days I'll begin a retreat, then, and will not take the time to check my blog or email, except in emergency; and in the forest, emergencies seem to afford such ten-day breaks.
paṃsukūladharaṃ jantuṃ, kisaṃ dhamanisanthataṃ.
ekaṃ vanasmiṃ jhāyantaṃ, tamahaṃ brūmi brāhmaṇaṃ.
Wearing discarded cloth, the lean creature covered in veins;
alone, meditating in the forest - him I call a holy one.
-- Dhp. 395