Thursday, June 12, 2014

MA - NY

Our stay at Assumption College is coming to an end; off to Long Island after lunch today. Our stay here has been quite agreeable; we were very well-received and the campus community of both men and women received the teachings with open minds and hearts.

I gave a long lecture on Buddhist monasticism that I've uploaded to my audio collection; the rest was all fairly impromptu, so no more recordings. We did two sessions of meditation practice and one-on-one interviews, then yesterday afternoon we studied the Dhammapada. I took one hour to give some background on the Buddha and the text, then distributed the chapters among the participants and asked them to spend an hour meditating on their chapter. The third hour, they came back and gave their thoughts and impressions. I wasn't sure how it would go, but in the end it was a wonderful experience; lots of insight and sharing of stories and ideas.

All in all, an auspicious start to our trip.