I went back yesterday to la maison de ma mere. The only place in the world where I have kissed the earth.
I went back with my daughter. This is a women's house.
I went back and visited each and every room, as I always do. And opened the big armoires, all three of them.
I went back, and said to myself, 'No more'.
I went back, and saw the passage of time, clearly. Pictures of ancestors whose names I never knew, and my grandmother's old wedding garland.
I went back, and tried to keep my heart shut, not wanting to cry.
I went back, and was met by the old, familiar smell of mold, in the kitchen. The light was dim, and I poured ourselves some water.
I went back, and took one last picture of my daughter and I, in the overgrown yard.
I went back, and left, closing with great difficulty the big portal.
- Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery
- Dhamma Dena Retreat Center
- Green Gulch
- Insight Meditation Center
- Insight Meditation Society
- Metta Forest Monastery
- Plum Village
- San Francisco Insight
- San Francisco Zen Center
- Saranaloka Foundation
- Sati Center
- Shinzen Young
- Spirit Rock
- Stanford Ho Center for Buddhist Studies
- Zen Heart Sangha