Go see Matt Segall’s first entry on his summer journey to Britain, Ireland, Switzerland, Italy.
He writes with great clarity, and his first entry on the travelogue/meditation is vivid with his view of the tainted Gulf of Mexico from an airplane window. The stages of the journey that he outlines promise delightful reading these coming months. Last week he asked me to suggest places to see in Italy — Milan, Florence, Rome. I spent half my life there, and have not seen it all. But I believe in the value of first impressions upon fresh and open minds. His account will bring back to my imagination the sights I have seen, and he may well see some facets of them that I did not see then, or have forgotten. Buon viaggio, Matteo!
Thomas Matus, who blogs this Ashram Diary, was born 1940 in Hollywood, California. Academics: A.B. in music from Occidental College (Los Angeles); S.T.L. in ecumenical theology from Athenaeum Anselmianum (Rome, Italy); Ph.D. in comparative mysticism from Fordham University (New York). Initiated into Kriya Yoga (by direct disciples of Paramahansa Yogananda) in 1958. Became a Catholic in 1960 and entered New Camaldoli Hermitage (Big Sur, California) as a novice monk in 1962. Lived for more than 30 years at the Monastery of Camaldoli in Italy. Traveled to India some 20 times; made frequent retreats at Saccidananda Ashram (Shantivanam) in southern India. Was in Brazil, off and on, from 1999 to 2006. Now back in California, he lives at the Hermitage in Big Sur and Incarnation Monastery in Berkeley, California. See: http://www.youtube.com/user/thomasmatus
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Thank you, Thomas!