Friday, January 18, 2013

Mountains and Plains

Talking to a millionaire a while back and he explained to me that there are two types of people in the world - plains people and mountain people. Plains people live stable lives, but never become extraordinary. Mountain people live lives of great risk, but soar to great heights that plains people never know.

There's something dhammic about that, I think. Anyway, all this business of getting on a plane not knowing what's waiting on landing has me thinking about risk taking. I don't think I've had to change my plans so many times in a week ever. Today alone plans changed three times at last count. Finally, turns out it's too late to change the ticket to Canada anyway, so Tuesday it is.

Got a spiffy new robe with a wool liner and some clogs without backs, both of which I think are fairly well within the vinaya, so at least I'll be all dressed up even if there is nowhere to go. Going to stay with my father for the first bit; after that, not sure.

I think it's the right choice, though; I really do believe the best part of the work I do is with the global audience, not just on YouTube but even running local courses. Especially in Sri Lanka it felt like we were catering to one audience and being catered to by another. It always seemed like we weren't giving much to the Sinhalese people... It has always been the most encouraging to see people from many different countries coming together to practice without any sense of cultural affiliation or communion - that is when Buddhist culture really shines in its universal and unadulterated purity.

So, hopefully there is enough interest and energy in the international community to sustain this organization outside of a traditional Buddhist environment; this means you, fellow Sirimangalians! There has never been a better time for us to work together to make our dreams come true and bring blessings to the whole world. And if that isn't enough to get you going, here's a picture of the new robe - awesomeness incarnate: