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How I Spent My Summer Vacation
My month-long retreat was very good. Difficult for an old monk to live in a tent in humid, rainy upstate New York, but worth it. I'm still in Maryland as my flight doesn't leave until Wednesday. Then I'll be packing up and moving to Maryland. Impermanence...
It was great practicing every (nearly) day with His Holiness and all the other fine lamas and khenpos of the Palyul lineage. It's like living in a Pure Land for a month. Coming back to the "real" world was quite a shock, however!
I thought I'd share a few pix that I took. The first is of the temple at the Palyul Retreat Center. It's just a temporary temple, believe it or not. They've got plans to build a much bigger one. The second is of the interior of the temple. The third is looking down the valley towards Greene and Binghamton with all the prayer flags lining the road. The last is of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche seated on his throne giving a long life empowerment the last day of retreat.