On Thursday night this week I shared the inspiration for this pilgrimage with friends at Melbourne Buddhist Centre regulars’ night. All 45 little buddhas donated so far stood as witness to the launch of the Buddhas in my Pocket journey. I have been very touched learning that some people have given me little buddhas that have had very personal and deep meaning in their lives and also knowing that many buddhas have come great distances from overseas.
After my talk everyone carefully carried a buddha upstairs to the large shrine room ready for the ceremony. My kesa was held in place on the shrine by Kuan Yin and the buddhas were placed carefully surrounding her. Dantacitta, a dear friend with whom I had shared a number of wonderful mini pilgrimages over the years, led a beautiful ceremony where the kesa was placed on my neck ready to be worn every day for the next 14 months.
The energy and support in the room was very stirring and moving.
March 20, 2016 at 2:57 am
Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!
Wishing you well on your journey over the next 14 months
March 20, 2016 at 9:48 am
sadhu, sadhu, sadhu. So moved to hear of your ceremony and wishing you well. Looking forward to hearing tales of your travels and, of course, to seeing you later in the year here at Adhisthana. much love,
March 20, 2016 at 12:48 pm
Thanks Parami. Thanks for your support and well wishes. It will be lovely to see you at the IC in August 🙂
March 20, 2016 at 10:56 pm
Good luck Maitripala
Thinking of you and your journey often. What an inspiration!
Much love, Berni xx
March 21, 2016 at 12:25 am
Hello lovely Bernie. I am back in Wales when I see your name. Thanks for your support of my journey 💕
March 21, 2016 at 6:55 am
I feel excited at the thought of your pilgrimage having begun. Sadhu! How many people will be touched in some way by the precious Three Jewels through meeting you and your kesa over the coming year. Fantastic. Lots of love you star, Amritamati xx
March 21, 2016 at 7:04 am
Thanks Amritamati. I love that you first used the term Buddhas in my Pocket and here it is now happening. Sending you lots of love as you move towards your own mythical journey to Spain 🙂
March 22, 2016 at 10:20 am
Dear Maitripala, So touched to see pictures of the ceremony on Thursday. May you go well in the company of all the Buddhas in your pocket and with your kesa with you all the time. Admiring your courage and simplicity. Sending you lots of love and much metta, Veronica
March 22, 2016 at 12:16 pm
Thank you Veronica for your support dear friend 😄
March 22, 2016 at 10:25 am
Dear Maitripala….can I just say that “awaiting moderation” which appears in my last comment has nothing to do with me?? 😦 Sounds strange put just ignore that…
Thinking of you on your first days of your pilgrimage wearing your kesa. Much love, Ve xxx
March 22, 2016 at 12:17 pm
I will write soon some reflections from the first days of the kesa being on full time 😄