But I would say to my fellows, once for all, As long as possible live free and uncommitted. It makes but little difference whether you are committed to a farm or the county jail.
-- H. D. Thoreau
or a monastery, for that matter... I've heard this sort of sentiment voiced more than once by the abbot of some monastery who bemoaned his tie to the place. Food for thought, though I've never heard my venerable teacher complain of his almost fifty years in the role. Anyway, wandering can be nice and I'm glad to have five months of freedom from place to do some personal practice. The idea of settling down seems agreeable, though, especially from the point of view of spreading the dhamma; there's only so much intensity of practice that can occur without setting up a meditative environment in which to cultivate spiritual flora. Even Thoreau had his hut by Walden pond in which to write.
So, I'm disassembling the computer tonight, packing up and leaving for Thailand on Saturday. One month in intensive practice, then a month in the forest. After that, I have to leave the country for at least ten days, not sure yet where to go. Then back to Thailand for two months and flying to Canada April 3rd.
Thanks to everyone who's kept up with and supported my work and goings on. Thanks to everyone who took the time to practice and write to let me know of the benefits - even if I couldn't possibly reply to everyone, I read all the emails I get.
Blessings and peace to all - see you in the future :)