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Carrying practice into the outdoors, this Seattle hiking group takes a wide view

by Anisha Prasad

When confusion and speed arise, the Seattle Shambhala hiking group hits the trail.

This summer we hiked the beautiful Harvey Manning trail, a good five-mile walk in the Issaquah Alps and just minutes from the city. It was a glorious hike. We took turns leading the way, sharing some reflections about our practice and life in general, eating juicy and sweet early salmon berries, blackberries, and raspberries.

We noticed birds, bird language, sunshine, and the movement of air. We talked about the upcoming Enlightened Society Assembly and who had registered to attend.

And we talked about the big subject, the Sakyong.

One spot along the trail seemed to attract all of us, so we settled for lunch up on a ledge overlooking 360 degrees of thick forest. We sat for a few minutes enjoying our surroundings and company and then made a rather spontaneous offering to the place.

Each of us made an offering of flowers and stones into a naturally shaped rock bowl that held rainwater.

It was invigorating. We know that our Sangha is intact. We are the same community. We have so much commonality.

At the end if the hike we came out of the forest into a clearing. It felt good to dedicate the merit of our practice.

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