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Archive for April 2nd, 2011

Where I’m At

Despite appearances, I’ve not actually been at my computer this weekend. Last week I thought it would be a great idea if I set up my blog with a little April Fool’s joke. I wrote a post about getting “back to my roots” and found some videos on Youtube that were as non-vegetarian as possible. The one with the steak tartare was particularly amusing to me. I found a bunch of links and other items and scheduled them all to show up on April 1st. With the exception of having everything post in the P.M. instead of the A.M. everything went as planned. Oops, I guess I need to learn how to make sure I’m telling my computer what side of noon I want it to do something.

In reality, I am at the Providence Zen Center getting ready to take the five precepts. This is a fairly standard practice in Buddhism where you promise not to kill, not to steal, not to lie, not to get drunk and not to act out of lust. Basically all the stuff I’m already doing so this just makes it a formality. The Providence Zen Center is beautiful and I’ll post some pictures once I get them off of the camera.

There’s nothing like a Zen retreat to remind you of just how out of shape your body is. I’m so sore right now from the different motions that one puts the body through that I’m having a hard time being comfortable sitting, standing, laying down, moving or just about anything. Though it may be sleeping on a small futon on an otherwise bare floor that’s doing it too.

In addition to the great Buddhist practice, I’ve gotten to eat a lot of really great vegetarian food. Tonight we had enchiladas with tofu and sweet potatoes. It was amazing. The other great treat was a vegetarian lasagna that didn’t include eggplant. While I have learned to eat eggplant this past year it’s not one of the foods that I have a strong affinity for. I feel quite energized by all this great food and have some wonderful ideas about what to make once I’m home.

I have a lot more to say about what I’ve experienced this weekend but they’ll wake us up at 4:45 so I need to get some sleep.

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