Today was our first full day of the residents retreat at Gampo. We have 4 long spaces for practice, rest, study, exercise, and work, other than this nothing scheduled. Silence held throughout. Very restful and open. I just finished reading Contemplating Reality by Andy Karr. What an incredible guide to Buddhist philosophy. What minds we have!
Even so, today was full. I have been working in the kitchen for a while and today I picked beautiful greens from our garden. All of our beets were eaten by mr.moose. He left big hoof prints all over our beds.
Venerable Lodro found a bat in her cabin that I helped remove today. Richard said she is deathly afraid of bats but I couldn’t be happier to be with this fellow. He was shivering. He stayed in a jar marked for soup stock all day. Samten and I took him to the stupa where he fluttered away. He seemed so delicate and calm. My mind stopped as he scooped around our heads.
Bats seem deeply in my heart and it was nice to get to know one. I want to flutter in the way they do!