“In the end, it’s not going to matter how many breaths you took, but how many moments took your breath away” – Shing Xiong

Sunday, June 22, 2014

pics from boat trip

Sensei volunteers at the senior center teaching Meditation, Living Enlightenment and Awakening Stillness Qigong. In thanks they allowed her to take a companion on an outing so she asked me to join her on a whale watching expedition. We walked to the center and got on a bus with a couple dozen members to Newport Beach, a cozy little seaside village. The boat was from Davey's Locker, and if it was their primary boat for that excursion it was 65 feet long per the website. We spent most of the trip near the stern where we could be close to the water. We saw dolphins and elephant seals, beaches and boats, the weather was great, the water calm and we both loved it.

1 comment:

  1. Yes, of course we -as monastics- do go on boat trips, have a dog, go to school, read and watch diverse media for news, enjoyment and interest. Throughout time the ordained have done so. There is often misunderstanding about the overlap between lifestyle of ordained and lay people. Some assert that ordination and the Discipline or Vinaya restricts facets of daily life to one or the other, the beauty of Dhamma includes not judging but seeing for yourself what works for you and what doesn't. So what is the difference? This is a discussion that generosity, compassion and wisdom and the principles of right or best speech should be applied to. When these are lined up the question fades to un-importance, if not - then attachment is both binding and blinding and becomes a cry for help.