Hello Dear Friends,
We have been meditating deeply on our ancestors. The blood, land and spiritual ancestors in and around us.
The reality of interbeing.
Legacies threaded throughout generations and the cosmos.
Solstice, holidays, and now the new year - all precious opportunities for healing and transformation.
The return of the light. Connecting with ancestral roots and visioning forward to future generations.
Thay often asks, “Before you were born, where were you?”
Here is a reading of a poem Larry wrote, while on retreat in Mexico, that answers this question. It’s called, “When I Was Currency:” (words included in the link)
Here is a meditation that Peggy recorded recently in Santa Fe. It’s a foundational meditation that you can use for yourself or with your sangha. At the end, she talks about continuing Thay in her practice, and she tells a little-known story about how Thay married her and Larry :)
We hope we get to practice with you soon.
There are still spaces in the Mexico retreat at the beginning of February in Cuernavaca. Many friends from the US who’ve joined us for past retreats report the travel is quite easy (even if you’re solo) and accessible. More info and registration here. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to Peggy (peggy at the lotusinstitute dot org).
In the spring we’ll return to Columbus and Colorado, and we’re very close to securing a date and location for a POC retreat in California in the early fall. Stay tuned. And in other great news, the abbot of a wonderful temple in Kyoto has offered low-cost accommodations to Lotus Institute practitioners coming from outside of Japan to retreats. Once we’ve organized all the details, we’ll post them on our website. We’re hoping this makes it easier for those of you living outside of Japan to join us!
As 2019 emerges we are more grateful than ever for you. Thank you as always for your deep practice, your support, and your being in the world.
Best in Love,
Larry, Peggy and all of The Lotus Team
A FEW MORE THINGS:
We’d love to know more about you, your needs and how we can best support you in the upcoming year. Take this short survey to help us get to know you better. As a thank you, we’ll send you a dharma talk (video link) by Larry not available yet to the general public!
Since the launch of our Patreon page in August we’ve gained 27 patrons who’ve made it possible for us to bring you things like the audio files in this email, a new website, an online home to make retreat recordings accessible (free and downloadable) for participants, and more secure and stable technology to keep in communication. Our goals moving forward include securing funding for the tech/organizational support to continue the work we’ve started, launching the first online class (setting a solid foundation for doing the work of internal and societal transformation beyond trauma), and launching the Deep Buddhism podcast. If you want to read our goals in more detail and/or become a part of our Patreon community that makes the work sustainable, check out our page here. THANK YOU!