Making your mark on the world is hard. If it were easy, everybody would do it. But it's not. It takes patience, it takes commitment, and it comes with plenty of failure along the way. The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won't. it's whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere.
-- Barak Obama
Erm. Right. So, forget all that was said recently about the Wat Thai center thing. Except the reasons it might not work, which, of course, turned out to also be the reasons it actually didn't work. But, and don't think I'm trying to find a silver lining when I say that it's really all for the best. I think the obvious dangers inherent in the project were obvious to all concerned, and those have now been eradicated, I should think. But now I need a new place to live, as usual :) No fear, it is not "back to square one". The phoenix arises from the ashes stronger than its last incarnation. There is even more support than ever for a dedicated center, even, dare I say, a proper monastery dedicated to meditation practice in this area. We're out and looking today at a few places, just to get an idea of what's available. I think with the current support, it should be possible to put a reasonable down-payment on a properly zoned piece of property somewhere not too far away (and, of course, not too close!). But let's not jump to any conclusions. Leaving Wat Thai, assumedly for good, on April 5th. So it goes.