Tibetan Buddhists visit the Ananda Meditation Retreat
November 13, 2006
This weekend at the meditation retreat (www.meditationretreat.org) we had around 50 guests – Tibetan Buddhists – from a group called “Shambala.” They filled the dining hall with their powerful, silent presence three times a day for meals, and held their ceremonies and meditations in our large blue dome temple.
It is beautiful to see truth-seekers of another religion advancing in their chosen path. On the last evening, as they were packing, I asked one of them how things had gone. “It couldn’t have been better,” he said. “There was a real lightness of being.”
A few moments later I turned to see a man with his hands folded in a gesture of respect and gratitude, toward the images on our altar. I think he must specifically have been offering his gratitude to Babaji, with whom this group has a strong connection. It was a touching display of devotion. The kind of reverence that man expressed honors not only its recipient, but also to the one who expresses it.
For those beginning on the spiritual path, there is sometimes uncertainty and hesitation about which spiritual path to choose, among the many available religions, churches, teachers, etc. I remember feeling this way myself. (That one should choose a single path is evident in the metaphor of a “path,” itself. We cannot take two routes to one destination – we’d spend all our time traveling between them!) It was comforting, then, to see a living demonstration of the truth that there is more than one way to holiness.