The Second Annual Spanish Language Pilgrimage just started at KTD on June 19. May All benefit!
It is a sunny day. The Karma Triyana Dharmachakra (KTD) Monastery is ready to receive the participants of the Green Tara Retreat. On the outskirts of Woodstock, through a small road filled with trees, the Monastery lies ahead. Its entrance is painted white and red, and receives us with green, white, yellow, red, and blue prayer flags. The trees are abundant and everything blossoms all around us.
We come from different places. There are participants from Spain, Argentina, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Belgium and the USA. During registration, we all receive a green kata, the Green Tara sadhana, and the necessary materials for the practices we will be doing during the next ten days.
The participants choose their Karma Yoga, including cleaning the common grounds, helping out in the kitchen, etc. During the retreat staff are in charge of taking care of most tasks so that we can devote ourselves entirely to our practice. With Karma Yoga we consciously decide to offer a service activity to all participants and do it happily.
We began arriving on June 17th, but the majority of us arrived on the 19th.. Little by little, we came with our luggage and our big smiles. We feel the happiness of finally arriving to the retreat for which we have been preparing with so much love and anticipation. The obstacles dissipated along the way: delayed flights, trying to find participants we were looking for, difficulties with the English language, taxis that didn’t arrive, unexpected illnesses… But in the end, we are ready to start.
We witness many reencounters of participants and old friends. The Spanish-speaking sangha is reunited. Many people that attended the retreat in KTD last year greet each other with happiness and warm embraces. Some people meet each other for the first time. We all feel very fortunate to find such an auspicious place in which to develop our spiritual practice.
We know that this path is not perfect, but our task is to give it our best. Our goal is to practice –this is what we are called to do. The most important task when we leave KTD, is that this practice has a real impact on our lives so that we may be kinder and more compassionate with all whom we meet. This is the beginning of an adventure in which for 10 days we leave behind our everyday lives in order to work with ourselves, our mind and our hearts. We arrive with the intention of living consciously, to learn to care better for the people in our surroundings (family, friends, acquaintances, work colleagues…) and to love them wisely.
Finally, we are all united in the dining room, sharing our first dinner. We have settled into our rooms and have left behind the rain and the daily grind of the cities we come from. Before us, at least for the next 10 days, we have the challenge of a lifetime: to recognize the nature of our own minds.
We’ll keep you posted!
RETIRO DE TARA VERDE, KTD 2014
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