I’m off today for the wilds of Barre MA and the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. It’s been a lifelong dream to sit and study the dharma/dhamma. Somehow, life always had other things for me to study and in the last few months I’ve made a commitment to play hard ball with its demands. So, I’m off! Headed down the highway to my favourite breakfast stop and then to Burlington VT to lunch with a dear friend. And then to land in a community of contemplation and study.
This week of learning about and through the Abhidhamma is going to be a challenge. There are many dreams and delusions that will get in the way of sinking into the teachings. Being mostly self-taught, I’m hoping it won’t be too much of an ego-thrashing. But maybe I’ll get lucky and it will be! Good enough for me.
As I typically do before I go on long trips, I update my will, make sure every knows where it is, and where the password list for all my computer accounts is stored too. I take a moment to tell everyone I love them and that yes, I expect the dishes to be done before I get back. This time, I’m also thanking Frank for holding down the fort over the septic tank (yes it has to be replaced and the “designer” is coming on Monday morning). I also let people know they are in my will. Really.
I’m telling you that too: you are in my will – the one I carry around in my back pocket and pull out which says: May you receive all you need to be safe and well. May you receive all the blessings you need and fully deserve – whether you think so or not. May you receive clear messages that you are precious and loved and valued.
Be nice to each other and I’ll see you on the other side!
For some reason, I was humming Me & Bobby McGee as I wrote this post so I bequeath it to you. I’m a Janis fan but this is nice rendition.