Saturday, October 27, 2007

Breaking News!

The monks are back home. The Metta Forest Monastery has been spared the ravages of the fires that raged in the hills around it.

We arrived back at our beach cottage yesterday afternoon to find it in immaculate order, the yard swept, the plants watered. Word soon reached us that the monks had left earlier in the day--along with ten retreatants who had been evacuated with them, and who also stayed in Laguna Beach--and that Than Geoff had called to say that the monastery was safe. Naturally, we were overjoyed.

Here at the cottage, the presence of the monks is still palpable. Remember the days when we used to talk about "good vibes"? They're here. I was certainly aware of them during my morning meditation. The collective power of eight monks in one small dwelling space... May those whose lives were changed by the events of this past week find happiness in their lives.

I'm thinking now of those firefighters, still kept at the task of controlling the fires before the Santa Ana winds return, despite the waning interest of the media and the unaffected public. I suppose we'll now be able to return our attention to the unfortunate Britney Spears. May she find true happiness in her life, and the source of happiness...

Hope you all have a great weekend, friends. May we all find that happiness...


They call him James Ure said...

What a beautiful post. I am so happy for the monks and for you that you could bask in their energy. I am thinking a lot lately on the families out there who lost everything.

May they find peace within the seemingly devastating experience of impermanence. May this energy bring about great change in all of us.

You are a great example by taking in those monks. It is so sweet to see that they cleaned up before they left. I hope that their energy remains in your abode for quite some time.


Catherine said...

This is beautiful, thank you. Much of my family is in the San Diego area, so we've been feeling close to the fires as well.

I came via Thailand Chani's new blog forum, and I'm glad I did! I've been doing a "World Religions" tour on my blog - I studied, and blogged, about Hinduism for several months, now I'm on to Islam, and Buddhism will be next. I'll appreciate having you and your blog as a resource.

Nice to meet you!

Julie Pippert said...

I think Britney will find more happiness with les attention. Glad the monastery was spared and is back. :)

A fellow Hockney fan (here via Chani)

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