We've been gently prepared for many months for this day. After giving five years of service to Still Point as founder and lead Dharma teacher, P'arang took her final bow today and left with the metta and well wishes of so many.
It could've been so overwhelming... saying goodbye to someone who has given so much, who has meant so much to all of us... But I realized today amidst all these happy practitioners that though she is off on another adventure, she will always be with us. Everything that Still Point is... practice that is serious but doesn't take itself too seriously, belly laughter, compassion... all of it will remain as a part of our legacy.
I picked up a book I've been wanting in the bookstore today... in it, there is a poem that really captures the day:
Parting Creates Beauty
Parting creates beauty.
The beauty of parting is not in the fragile gold of morning,
in the seamless silk of night,
in deathless immortality,
or the undying blue of heaven.
My love, without parting I wouldn't live again in laughter
after dying in tears.
Beauty creates parting.
[... from Everything Yearned For: Manhae's Poems of Love and Longing, pg. 5]
So today fulfills a promise and opens a new chapter for us all. May we always know when to shift course and go where the wind carries us.