On December 5th at 5:30 PM the Rebel Buddha 2010 Tour came to a joyous end. From NYC to Halifax to Toronto to Boulder and Seattle, we met new friends all along the way. Looking back now on all we shared – our budding Rebel Buddha community – it really does feel like we’ve opened a door to discover a vast & widespread North American Buddhist sangha. It’s been a great experience for all of us involved and we extend our sincere thanks to all new and old friends for your support and interest in the our and discussion of the unfolding of Buddhism in the West.
Our intention for this website conversation has always been to share, explore and deepen our understanding of the Buddha’s teachings. With the invaluable guidance of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche and the many great teachers who joined him at each stop on the 2010 Tour, we’re beginning to see the shape of an authentic American / Western Buddhism taking shape. All of us have played a part in that. So whether you left a thoughtful comment on the Blog, created a Rebel Poem or a caption for the Rebel Wakeup drink, or simply found something here you liked and then shared it with your friends – thanks.
We’re aware that right about now everyone’s beginning to relax a bit as we enter the holiday season. It’s a time to engage our natural tendency to look inward, perhaps even go on retreat, and also to look toward the next year with a fresh sense of purpose. So we’ll be taking a bit of a breather, not posting quite so often. And we’ll see you again in 2011.
Until then, how about sharing with us your own aspirations? Just pop in a comment below. Links to photos or artwork or poems are also welcome. And if you’d like to know what visions are dancing in the heads and hearts of your friends, just click on the Facebook , Twitter or email icon at the top of this page and invite them to come on over and join the aspiration-fest.
May each one of us enjoy the awakening wonder of our rebel buddha heart, and may we each grow in awareness that we’re all traveling in the same impermanent boat.