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Jhana Come Lately

Bhavana Buddha

Over the solstice, I attended an 8-day silent meditation retreat with Bhante Gunaratana at his Bhavana Society retreat center in West Virginia.

Buddha in Bhavana's main hall

Bhavana Buddies

Is this a dhamma talk?

My Kuti

What Eighth Precept?

Bhante G. is a well-known Sri Lankan Buddhist monk, the author of the widely-read manual “Mindfulness in Plain English”. To be honest, I didn’t know he was located so close. When I learned that Bhavana is a three and a half hour drive from Pittsburgh, I was immediately motivated to go do a retreat, especially since I wouldn’t be inconveniencing Inna, who has been out of town for months on business. And at 90 years old, Bhante G.’s advancing age gave me an added sense of urgency.

Last spring, when I looked at the Bhavana »more

Bhavana Buddy

Bhavana Buddy

Buddy, the Bhavana Society's orange tabby cat will crawl into your lap and fall right asleep.

Bhavana Buddha

Bhavana Buddha

The Buddha in the main meditation hall at the Bhavana Society.

What Eighth Precept?

What Eighth Precept?

One meditator's ziggurat: 3 zabutons, a cushion, 2 zafus, and another cushion. I think this violates the "no high or luxurious beds or seats" precept.

Dhamma Talk?

Dhamma Talk?

My first dhamma talk featuring an overhead slide presentation...

I Went Back to Ohio

Selfies on the River Styx

I wasn’t planning on repeating last year’s Akron Bike ClubAbsolutely Beautiful Country” century. It was a really nice ride, but it’s a two-hour drive from Pittsburgh, which makes for a lot of driving on top of a 100-mile bike ride.

Selfies on the River Styx

Level crossing delay

Sunburned hands

However, having spent much of the first half of this year away from home, I was really under-trained and in desperate need of fitness before all the big summer rides. And with Inna still out of town, there was no one to inconvenience.

But the biggest reason to go was the weather. A week-long heat wave broke on Friday, leaving us with a delightfully temperate weekend. Sunny and less humid, with little wind, it was perfect weather for a long ride, so…

I got up at 3:45am Sund »more