April 22nd, 23rd, and 24th. 2016.

I will be dwelling in the land of the pagans again, for the first time this year. It will be the 5th time (I think) that I’ve been on a pagan retreat. I’ll be gone into the wilderness for the weekend. It’s still just over two weeks away, but I’m thinking about it now.

I will be celebrating nature, dancing around a fire, reveling with friends (old and new), and running around naked in the forest.

It will be a wonderful time.

Pagan retreats aren’t the same as Buddhist ones. There’s a lot more celebration and a lot more noise.

But, just like a Buddhist retreat, it helps to put everything down for a couple days and step away from normal life. It helps to just go somewhere and be really FREE. Going on a retreat is like entering a hole in the universe.

I’ve said before that I think that Buddhism could use a little more celebration and excitement. We could learn a thing or two from our pagan brothers and sisters.

It will be my first time camping alone. I am excited to reconnect with my friends, and with the earth.

I always like to remind everyone. The Buddha didn’t attain Enlightenment in a temple. He attained Enlightenment sitting under a tree. When I go to pagan camp I do try to keep that in mind.

See you soon, my friends.

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