Monthly Archives: September 2014

American Pilgrimage #16

Every morning, here in the Crestone Mountain Zen Center, I have a nightmare. The theme is always the same, though the actors vary. Someone close to me is bullying me, full of hatred and anger. I am filled with horror … Continue reading

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American Pilgrimage #15

I have arrived at my last scheduled retreat, at Crestone Zen Monastery. It has only been ten days since my very intense experience at the Vajrapani Institute, and since then I have travelled from Santa Cruz to San Francisco to Seattle … Continue reading

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American Pilgrimage #14

Every day I continued to read. I finished Thich Nhat Hanh’s Understanding our Mind over several days, a detailed and, unusually for him, dense account of how our mind works. I read of the eight levels of consciousness, of which the first six are the … Continue reading

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American Pilgrimage #13

From September 1st to September 14th I did not see another human being. My companions were deer, squirrels and woodpeckers and – though I did not see them – rattlesnakes and mountain lions. Unlike on a 10-day vipassana course, I … Continue reading

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American Pilgrimage #12

Day 9 At 5.30 this morning the kitchen manager gave Diego a stern talking to about metta and volition and how the students should come first after he attempted to make hash browns for the servers. I found him sitting … Continue reading

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