Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Visiting a Zen Buddhist Retreat Center

Highlight of my Shrove Day? Accompanying my students from my Religions of the World (NCCU) class to the Zen Buddhist Retreat Center (Chapel Hill), as we learned to sit and be in contemplation, then to enter a time of devotion/contemplation. This is the essence of pilgrimage, and why I began the School of the Pilgrim: to accompany people as they leave their hour of "rush hour" into a time of pilgrimage to find their inward bound path. These students moved from their comfort zone to a new place, among a people they never met before, and experienced their "Aha!" moment (heard it a lot tonight). The School of the Pilgrim lessons continue to teach me.

Buen Camino!


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

All of Life's a Pilgrimage

Since Epiphany, I've been pursuing the pilgrimage of marriage equality in the US, from WA and CA, to NC. I've protested, raised debate topics, been engaged in healthy discussions, and worked toward the vote "no" on the marriage amendment in NC while states like NJ, MD, and WA legislatures have been pro-marriage equality. This culminated in a rally against the amendment in the state of NC this past Friday, Feb. 17, 2012.

Now the pilgrimage of Lent is about to begin. I'll be teaching a class at United Church of Chapel Hill (NC) on Lent and Pilgrimage every Wednesday during Lent, 6:45 p.m. Come and join us!

Around Pentecost, I'll be with the brothers and sisters of NM walking to Chimayo!

Buen camino,