On Wednesday morning I went to the London Buddhist Vihara, led by Venerable B. Seelawimala. When I first saw him, at the first moment, some tingling ran through me, he was so emanating! As we talked, I fund, that he is a very humble man, and experienced spiritual leader. When he laughed, le laughed with his whole body, when he talked, he was like the gentle waves of the sea; not in a hurry, not slow, just passing through the message from person to person. Maybe it is right to say, that their community in Europe is one of the firsts, with their history gong back to the ’20’s.
Then just arrived Robert Mac’Phail, an old friend to the Dharma Gate Buddhist Community, and a new one for me. He is a very direct person, talked to me about almost everything! Actually, we just have a common friend! He was very helpful about my journey too.
In the afternoon I went to the Kagyu Samye Dzong London’s centre where I met Lama Zangmo, the Leader of the centre. She, and her brother were very kind and friendly, helpful and open. They were eager to hear about why I went, and I was very honoured for I could share a cup of tea with them. They even helped me with the placing of the poster!
Sadly, when I met with the community of the Jamyang Buddhist Centre, they were on the middle of a retreat, which was longer, than my whole journey. Apart from that, I could speak to one of them, a girl, who was speaking fast, and a lot. She told me about them, and gave me some information, and when I left, she even made me a present, a little box of an apple and chocolate.
At last but not at least the community which had serious impact on me, was the Shambala at the London Shambala Centre. I met here Simon, a great man, with much deeper understanding of the dharma, which I have; but, I think it is true on all those, whom I talked about earlier. Simon was the only one at the centre when I got there. Unfortunatley I couldn’t go back at an other time, when more people would be there, but he was so generous with his behaviour, with his speak, with his knowledge, that it was definately worth it to go there, at least for me, personally. I believe that he will be passing through my message to those, whom it was meant to reach.
I had so many impressions about London, let me tell some about my experiences. I travelled probably more than twenty hours with the tube, helped a crying women to find back to his boyfriend, by carrying her luggage, laughed with the locals, meditated, slept on the airport, and even a guy wanted to date with me. I have to mention again, how kind and friendly are the locals were; meanwhile my long travels took place, I was engaging conversation with about ten different people, and all were kind, funny and interesting. I learned a lot, and I am most glad.