Saturday, May 4, 2013


The Buddha Diaries is on recess.  I realize that my sense of obligation to the blog has been causing me the kind of stress that the dharma encourages us to avoid, and there's no good reason I shouldn't release myself from this obligation for a spell.

This coming week is devoted to family.  My son arrives tonight from Iowa, where he lives.  I see too little of him, and this is a time to celebrate that opportunity.  Next Thursday, Sarah comes down to Laguna Beach with Luka, to spend a long weekend with her brother--and Luka gets to meet Uncle Jason for the first time.

Also, looking beyond the family visit, I'm having a great time with the novel I'm working on, and I want to devote more time to it.  I have close to two hundred pages written, and it will not be a great deal longer than that.  But there is much work to be done filling out and probing deeper into the material outlined by this rough draft; and, no accidents, that time is opening up ahead of me as I bring my "One Hour/One Painting" season to a close and leave the planning of a schedule for the coming season in the hands of my assistant, now PR man, Adam.

I have no doubt that The Buddha Diaries will resume in a while.  I have threatened in the past to take some time off, only to find myself drawn irresistibly back.  But for now, that other door is open, and I need to walk through, to find out what might await me on the other side.

Wish me luck.  I send out, as always, metta to all.


Jean said...

Have a wonderful time with your family. And the novel is such exciting news - could not be happier for you.

Good luck. See you again when you're ready.

Anonymous said...

Good Luck ... S

robin andrea said...

Time off is always good. Sounds like you have a fine plan. Enjoy all of it, Peter.

Anonymous said...

Peter dear, I'm happy for you to be able to give up, or rather postpone something for more urgent opportunities in your life!
Wishing you a wonderful time with your Family and looking forward to reading your novel! love, Eva

CHI SPHERE said...

Family is the center of creativity and here's wishing you a great visit!