So, it's been a little more than a month since I wrapped up my northern tour roadtrip and I have barely touch the photos from the trip. A combination of being busy with my day job and spending more time on the main project that I have little time to edit the personal photos.
Although I experimented with this idea during a trip to upstate NY last year, I anticipate more interesting results this time around while exploring national parks. Weaving dharma into these epic hiking adventures feels appropriate , and incorporating dharma into daily activities has gradually become a regular part of my mind training beyond meditation.
About this time last year, I was the road for about a month and half and little did I know how different it would be from the pandemic days. I suspected that it would be my 'last' significant roadtrip given that my day job was finally returning with the pandemic subsiding. I felt pretty good on how much progress I made on the road trip in terms of interviews but I was pleasantly surprised how the rest of 2022 finished up.
In the past year, my karmic propensity has led to many encounters with Guru Rinpoche, aka, the founder of Tibetan Buddhism. Just a few weeks ago when I was working on redoing the home page of this website, I was tempted to reuse the famous quote by Guru Rinpoche about when Buddhism would come to the west. The first iteration of the website had the quote so his influence was from the get go. As time progress and I learned more about his activities through books and movies such as this one, my appreciation and his influence continues to this day.
I was inspired to do a quick trip to upstate NY this fall to attend Nyungne retreat at the Padmasambhava Center. The center is one of the few in the Dudjom Tersar lineage and I was hoping to received teachings from the center's founders but alas, it was mostly a practice based retreat. Definitely one of the more physically challenging retreats due to the fasting aspects and I am glad to be in a formal retreat after so many years of not doing any retreats.