Hi my dears,
It is difficult for me to blog, so I thought I would just start.
I'm Chukyi.... or as our Irish friends sometimes say: "Chuckyi". I've been a resident at Diamond Mountain since we first started... that would be the last three year retreat. That retreat was out in the middle of the desert, no running water, no nothing, just a bunch of people determined to become the kind of people who could save the world. Of course, I didn't have the goodness then to be one of the retreaters, but I had the chance to serve those who did, and it was awe-inspiring.
Imagine going into three years of silence, armed with your spiritual knowledge, completely dependent on the kindness of others for every meal, every personal item, every single thing you need, including water. Nothing at your fingertips but sand. Nothing in your heart but love and compassion. Enough love and compassion that you are willing to be dead to the world for three years, three months and three days of solitary work--working to transform your own heart so that you can be someone able to transform the world.
Now to me, that is admirable.
So this time around, I hope to be on the inside of the retreat, rather than outside, with my nose pressed up to the window like a lost puppy, wishing that I had enough discipline to put my life where my mouth was. I say I want to help others, but am I truly willing to do what needs to be done in order to be of help?
We will see... so stay tuned, and through this blog I'll try to bring you along on my journey of preparation...
If I am going to do this, I'm taking all of you with me!
With much love (and the capacity is growing!)