I’ll be on a Buddhist retreat for the weekend with Matthew Flickstein in Bozeman MT. I did a 10 day retreat with him in May of 2004 and I was very impressed. He is a former Theravadin (Pali for ‘way of the elders,’ the oldest surviving Buddhist tradition) monk, but incorporated a wide variety of teachings into the retreat which culminated in a Dzogchen (Tibetan: ‘great perfection’) meditation. He also spoke kindly of Christianity as a mystical tradition, and was planning another retreat which would incorporate the higher teachings of seven mystical traditions. The notes I took at that retreat still play an active role in my practices and thought on Buddhism and life.
So I’ll have to leave my last post as uncompleted for a few more days. It’s probably good – after the retreat I’ll be clearer and more articulate (hopefully).
Well, best wishes for a beautiful weekend for everyone.