Have you ever arrived at place where you’d never been before, where you had no idea what to expect, yet felt like you had just come home when you got there?  Not just a sense of déjà vu but a profound sense of belonging? Peace? Arrival?

That’s what I experienced when arriving in Woodstock, New York for the first time, and specifically at the Karma Triyana Dharmachakra Tibetan Buddhist Monastery up in the Catskill Mountains outside of Woodstock.  The calm sense of well being that overcame me was… indescribable.  Now I was born and raised Catholic, and as Skipper of NDI will tell you, I’m a bad Jew.  I’m a bad Catholic too.  I’m a privately spiritual person but not a religious one.  There is something about this place that is very special.

Very special indeed.


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