Matt’s dear childhood friend Gene left yesterday to ordain as a Buddhist monk in Thailand. We don’t know how long he’ll be gone, maybe months, maybe years, but we know he will return transformed.
Gene has spent the last year cleaning up shop. He sold and gave away all of his posessions, traveled the world visiting family and friends, and just generally prepared himself for this enormous committment. In his last week here, he walked around town with a wad of 20’s in his pocket, giving away money on the street and tipping waiters so much that their eyes bulged.
At his going away party, Matt ceremoniously shaved his head while Gene held a mango in his hand. He told us that the Buddha said, “The only way to know what a mango tastes like is to take a bite.”
And so he will. And we wish him the biggest blessings.