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Although I began meditating more than 5 years ago, I am not very experienced.  Over the last few years, my lack of attention to formal practice and study sent me into a sort of tailspin.  

Gilbert rekindles faith that each of us can awaken to the silent awareness that contains and is witness to all experience and he does so in the most humble way.  He inspires through his own example and illumines with humor and enjoyable story telling.  

I joined two of Gilbert’s one day retreats this year, one on the essential fundamentals and the other one on silent illumination. These weren’t my first time attending Gilbert’s retreat, but every time at his retreat, I always felt deeply inspired and peaceful. 

Things arise when the conditions are right. I’m not sure why it took me so long to find Dharma Drum Mountain, but when I was ready I did. 

It was a wonderful change of scenery from my busy life. Being among our fellow meditators, and away from our daily grind, really allow me to slow down, relax, decompress and fine tune my meditation practice.

 

Somehow, I’d managed to live in the Bay Area for over 15 years, and had never been to Big Sur.  Mendocino, Tahoe, LA, Yosemite, and all along San Mateo and Marin parks.  But never to Big Sur.  And my good friend, Mann, was planning to attend, too.