Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Taido & the Tibetans

Greetings to all!
Back on March 15th, a delegation of monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery in southern India began a week-long stay in the Bucks County, PA area. Their tour and itinerary were, as usual, being lovingly managed by my dear friend and dharma brother Greg Schultz (Samdup Gomang) whom some of you may have met at my house following the Dalai Lama's Rutgers appearance....

The Tibetans' week began with a welcoming ceremony at Sacred Paths Community, an inter-faith congregation located in Plumsteadville, PA. Greg asked me to attend and I was, of course, pleased to do so. There was a traditional exchange of kottas, a sort of scarf given as a welcome, followed by some wonderful chanting by the monks and a brief talk, through a translator, by Geshe Lozang Samdup, the leader of the delegation. All of which was followed by that most American of religious traditions, refreshments. It was, for me, a delightful morning spent with old friends and new and an honor to somehow represent our Zen tradition.

1 comment:

  1. Cool Gary! Thanks for posting! I'm sure everyone knows that Taido is Gary's dharma name and was also Kurt's first dharma name when he started sitting!