Monday, February 11, 2008

On A Jet Plane



Monk, Ninja, or Pumpkin?

Ready to go, well rested, a suitcase full of 30 kg of books (good thing I'm bringing no suits) and a three-seasons monk umbrella/tent which I may have to leave behind, as it seems the monastic community of North Hollywood has given up the practice of living at the root of a tree in favour of such things as physical security, etc.

For the less avid readers, today I fly to Los Angeles for a second round teaching Satipatthana Vipassana at Wat Thai of Los Angeles.

Yesterday I asked forgiveness from my teacher, as is customary before travelling, and asked for advice as well. He taught me the 5 Samana Dhamma:

1. Patience
2. Wisdom
3. Morality
4. Non-Worry
5. Setting the mind on the deathless.

Timely advice, as always. May I bring to fulfilment all of these dhamma!