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Lions Roar : March 2018
SHARE YOUR WISDOM What’s the most spiritual experience you’ve had while traveling or doing a pilgrimage? Do you believe in rebirth? Send your answer, photo, and location to email@example.com I was meditating outside at Plum Village in France, amid the sixteen black Bud- dhas. A small deer with no antlers approached. This beautiful creature got very close until, finally, it detected movement from my small dog and exited rapidly. A few days later, I was meditating inside my van with the dog on my lap. A small deer, this time with antlers, approached. There was no movement from my dog, and this stunning gifted vision made a slow exit. —Steve Woodward, Salisbury, England For nearly ten days, I learned from Shipibo healers in the Peruvian Amazon. In the jungle I walked barefoot, used no technology, ate nour- ishing food, was sung to sleep by a symphony of unusual creatures, established a daily yoga and meditation practice, sat wholeheartedly in ceremony, worked with plant medicines, and leaped into the spaces of my self-ness that remained unsettled. The most significant offering I accepted in the jungle was the awareness that all is well. —Blythe Dolores Utz, Canoa, Ecuador Two years ago whilst visiting Bodhgaya, praying and meditating, a leaf dropped from the bodhi tree and landed on my head. It was my unforgettable moment! —Natalie Rocca, Newcastle, Australia On a Camino de Santiago pilgrimage in Spain, walking alone helped me face my fears, my insecurities, my commonalities with others on the Camino, my human- ity. Most importantly, it thrust me into a new reality for my life and started the process of lifting the veils of a life lived in black and white, of possibilities ripe for fruition, of self-love waiting to happen. As a result, I left a 28-year marriage, obtained my yoga teacher training, and committed to live my life benefiting others. I started the path to find my inner Buddha. —Sandra Mattar, Milton, Massachusetts In England, at Tewkesbury Abbey, there was a boys’ choir. I was brought to tears of joy by their beautiful voices as they sang during the service. Beauty knows no religion. —Steph McCormick, Chico, California It was not staying in India that changed my life. On the trip of a lifetime, to follow in the Buddha’s foot- steps, I had an accident and was forced to return home. I drew on my practice to face my suffering. I was forced to slow down. I used my time to quiet the mind and hear the wisdom of the body. I began to look at patterns of ego conditioning. A feeling of spaciousness opened in my body and my mind. Rumi was right: Don’t go off sightseeing. The real journey starts exactly where you are. —Marianne Pengelly, West Vancouver, Canada Spring Retreats in Santa Fe, New Mexico SEE ENTIRE CALENDAR, TEACHINGS, AND MORE AT WWW.UPAYA.ORG SANTA FE, NM 505-986-8518 ext. 112 REGISTRAR@UPAYA.ORG april6-8 Rediscovering Zen’s Roots in Ancient China David Hinton april 17 - 22 Sesshin: Diamond Sutra – The Perfection of Wisdom Sensei Genzan Quennell Petra Zenryu Hubbeling may4-11 Being with Dying: Professional Training Program for Clinicians in Compassionate Care of the Seriously Ill and Dying R oan Halifax, P Cynda Hylton R AAN; A ack, MD; Al Kaszniak, P Ben Daitz, MD; Holly Yang, MD; Jan J , CHPN; Donna Kwilosz, P Rev ary Taylor may17-20 Varela Symposium (formerly “Zen Brain”): Transforming Conflict – From Science to Real World Applications R oan Halifax, P l Kaszniak, P d Davidson, P P aul Leder D yalpa; Adam Frank, P LION’S ROAR | MARCH 2018 29 CULTURE • LIFE • PRACTICE