Sunday in Athens, Wrathful Deities and The Dead

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See the photo album from the day.

Today has been a most interesting day. I started by going over to the Pathgate Dharma Center, a Tibetan Buddhist center right here in the neighborhood. I encountered one of the guys who lives there, Dawa Loday, while riding my bicycle one day. Unusual sight, someone in full tibetan robes walking these streets. I struck up a conversation and found out where he hung out. Here is the link http://www.palyulnyingma-gr.org/index.html The place turns out to be a dance studio type space with wood floors, full of rich tibetan imagery. Silk banners with hand-painted images of tibetan deities hang from the walls. Sitting there on a cushion meditating, contemplating a statue of padmasambhava was an unlikely way to spend Sunday morning in Athens, especially since the area is patrolled constantly by the walking dead, Athens zombie junky army.
Excellent. Dawa loaded me up with fruit from the altar, some bananas and a mango, which he thanked me for taking away.
Then Maria and I took the bicycles up to Athens First Cemetery in Metz. It is quite a climb up to Metz, the area behind the wonderful first Olympic stadium. The buildings there retain their pre-1960’s neo-classical look, before Athens was garrisoned with sun-blocking concrete apartment buildings.
The cemetery is amazing. It is full of really well-executed marble portraiture of the illustrious dead of Greece. Some of the tombs are supermarket size, displaying for all to see the wealth of the families involved.
I opened one tomb door and was enveloped in incense smoke. I was transported to Hades for just that moment.
We had a most satisfying day.

Author: Blaine L. Reininger

Blaine L. Reininger was born July 10, 1953 in Pueblo, Colorado. Then he lived a life. By and by, he founded Tuxedomoon with Steven Brown in 1977. He traipsed around America, tuxedomooning until 1980, when he began to traipse around Europe. As a direct result of all of this traipsing, many musical compositions were composed, most of which found their way to some sort of mechanical device capable of reproducing musical compositions. This was mostly for the good. He now lives in Athens, Greece, where he is content.

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