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8/7/08 @ 11:37 am   
The Zen Of Patrick
 
 
location: Fruitvale
Current mood: caffeinated
Music: Cheap Trick's "Dream Police" stuck in my head

y friend Patrick does Vipassana meditation retreats. He goes to this Buddhist center out in the foothills of the Sierras and spends 10 days meditating in silence - no talking allowed, for the whole time.

Last night he told me a story about one of his first Vipassana retreats. He said he spent a lot of time thinking about what his first words would be when the 10 days of silence ended.

On the last day of the retreat, an hour and a half before the silence was supposed to end, he was walking outside on the wooded property, when suddenly, from just beyond the treeline near him, there was a tremendous clatter and racket. Several other nearby retreat members, all also awaiting the end of the 10-day period of silence later that afternoon, looked up in curiosity, and saw that Patrick was close enough to have gotten a glimpse of what caused the noise.

As he walked away, with an hour and a half left to go, one of the others broke the vow of silence. As Patrick walked by, the man asked, "What was it?"

And Patrick told him.

As he related the story to me, he ended with, "... and, after all the time I spent thinking about what the first thing I was gonna say after ten days of silence would be, the first thing I said wound up being, 'A dog.' "
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From:elgecko
Date:August 7th, 2008 10:24 pm (UTC)
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Apropos of absolutely nothing... I think that this userpic makes you look like a Klingon. =)
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From:elgecko
Date:August 7th, 2008 10:25 pm (UTC)
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I mean... in a good way. =)
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From:mike20
Date:August 7th, 2008 10:37 pm (UTC)
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Thanks, I guess. The last person who tried to pay me a compliment said I looked like a cross between Frank Zappa and Ron Jeremy... by comparison, I guess getting called a klingon is a step up in the compliment department.
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