The last several years I have been working on ‘side’ project about documenting what Buddhism in the West looks like through the eyes of lay practitioners. Given the scope of the project and the hobby like nature of time being spent on it, progress was rather slow on it. On recently, the confluence of a number of signs has propel me to expand and commit to the project on a whole new level. During my liminal gap year, I am hoping to spend at least 40-60% of my time on the road working on […]
i know i’ve been to death valley along time ago but to be honest, this time around, I got to appreciate it on a whole new level. Of course, my feelings around death valley on this trip reminded me of my internal journey in death valley a few years ago in my vision quest. By the end of the trip, the energy of the desert had grown on my considerably. there is something magical about the vast expanse and stillness of the desert. there were times when i am reminded of being at burning man when you […]
i thought about heading out to tahoe this labor weekend but decided against it for some reason. so instead, i looked at my pictures from the past summer and i must say, it was quite an enjoyable summer of getaways. a couple of national parks, at least 5 kayak trips on gorgeous lakes and plenty of running. Yes, i am feeling very grateful to have the time/mind and body to enjoy the abundance of life and nature.
it’s been more than a year and half since i’ve participated in my first vision quest. undoubtedly, one of the more brave things i did not because it physically scare me to go into the desert whilst on a fast and without any shelter or distractions. i’ve done enough meditation retreats where solitude and silent was cherished by my soul. only in hindsight did i understand why it was a brave thing to stare into my original wound and coms to terms with it in very visceral and conscious manner. meanwhile, 10 other strangers came to […]
in my typical fashion, i didn’t think too much about the implication of signing up for 120 mile race at high elevation when in reality i was wholly unprepared for such a physical feat. As I spoke to other participants on how they prepare for the adventure, my suspicion was confirmed that I was mostly out of my league. Which is not to say that there weren’t other less prepared racers and when compared to them, i would have done fine. of course in hindsight, i did pretty good considering how little i train. pretty good meaning […]