I was asked to speak to the Sacramento Buddhist Meditation Group at their weekly Sunday evening meditation meeting. This talk took place after 40 minutes of silent meditation.
I returned from Burning Man Saturday evening, September 5, and preached about the experience on Sunday morning. The sermon was posted on Facebook and quickly became the most popular sermon I ever posted. Here's the video.
This sermon was much longer than I usually preach. The congregation was eager to hear about my experience and I didn't have the time to prepare a sermon that did justice to the experience in a briefer form.
Shortly after arriving home after dropping my Captain America son off at the West Point Prep School, my amazing hippie, dread-locked, tattooed, I'm-more-of-a-Buddhist, 22 year-old daughter asked me, her 53 year old Episcopal Priest father to go with her to Burning Man. I love the constant adventure of parenting. And I love my daughter. (And truth be told, part of me has always wanted to go to Burning Man.) So on Monday I will be going to the Playa so Laura and I can experience our first Burning Man together.
When my wife Andrea saw the list of things we needed to bring in order to survive, she commented that it was longer than her packing list for her deployment for Afghanistan. In addition to all the regular camping supplies one needs, you have to build a shade structure so you don't bake when you are trying to nap in the day in the blazing sun and heat. So I have learned how to build a monkey hut.