Prison Chaplains in France

Today I had the most fruitful and beautiful conversation about chaplain work in France. The Lama I met with was so wonderful, curious, exciting, and dynamic of all the people I have spoken with. Our meeting was set for 1700 however because she was attending a funeral of the husband of her mother she asked if we could move the time to 1800. If course I agreed and even offered to hold our meeting next…

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Letter to a Student – written from Paris

Good morning A., Today is my last full day in Paris, tomorrow I fly back to the US. For me this has been a long trip, the longest time away from home since my graduation from the Shingyo Dojo in Japan in 2008 and the time I lived in Japan. I miss my bed, my food, and my schedule. The trip has been fruitful on many levels. In Paris I’ve seen many new sights. Each…

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The day and night went silently by

My objective while in France – to the French People To be honest I spent most of the day trying to be nice and trying to take advantage of the schedule of the conference. My body was not so cooperative and laid down numerous times to sleep for varying lengths of time with at time dubious results. The meals were sufficient for European preferences, sadly I didn’t have the same objective. Coming off of a…

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Belgium – Oude Abdij Drongen

Myokei and I met each other at the airport in Brussels without any major incidents. I fell down in the terminal and then couldn’t get back up but thanks to the kind hands of the Belgium police, the Belgium army, and Belgium customs agents they picked me up and got me steady on my feet. We caught a train headed to Drongen but missed the stop, there were no announcements nor any signs. But because…

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