“It’s so much easier to do here” is a comment heard now several times here at the Festival. The teachings go in deeper, their application seems natural, relating to your potential comes effortlessly, meditations are less distracted, and the truth and importance of Dharma is easily apparent. It’s easier to access a sense of happiness and possibility. In fact it feels like it’s in the air itself.

What could be the explanation?

One explanation is given by Gen-la Khyenrab in his morning’s summation of the practice of exchanging self with others. During the meditation break, Gen-la said, quoting How to Transform Your Life,  whenever we meet someone we think: This person is important. Their freedom and happiness is important.

When a community of people is engaged in such practical cherishing it creates a wonderful atmosphere that affects everyone.

And of course the blessings! When so many people meditate together, pray together, engage in the evening Wishfulfilling Jewel puja together, connect to the extraordinary vision of our Spiritual Guide together there is a palpable communal blessing. The environment itself feels blessed and the mind naturally feels inspired.