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Spirit Rock Retreat 2008, Epilogue

9-29-08 Long Beach, CA
9:30 AM

I had a very pleasant ride to the airport with Teresa. She’s a gracious and generous woman. She drives a hybrid – and the shuttle I took getting from the airport to Spirit Rock last week was a hybrid – so both directions I got to leave a smaller carbon footprint.

Christine picked me up at the airport with her new boyfriend. (Funny how much things can change in a week.) He’s nice and the 3 of us had dinner at Super Mex, where Michael & I had our post-wedding lunch. Making small talk with a stranger, even an easy-going one like James, was taxing and I was glad to be home.

Ivy came running to meet me! I love that kitty. Hopefully, we can get the dogs today. I miss them.

Michael will be home [from Japan] in a few hours. Yea! I fed my depression demon again today, and I’m going to be working with it for a month. I’m still in a calm, quiet space. I don’t know how long it will last, & it doesn’t matter. I’m here now.


Ven. Dr. Myodo Jabo (Sandy Gougis) is a Zen Master and Priest in the Five Mountain Zen Order. She began studying Theravâdin Buddhism in 1998, adding Zen in 2003, and Vajrayana Buddhism in 2008. She currently practices in both the Zen and Tibetan traditions. Her Zen teacher is Most Ven. Wonji Dharma of the Five Mountain Zen Order, and her Tibetan guru is Lama Tsultrim Allione of Tara Mandala. In her free time, Myodo enjoys painting, jewelry making, and other creative endeavors.

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