Dear Kamala and Lea

I’ve just seen and heard the wonderful video link of the ceremony for Gerd at The Garden at the Hermitage of the Awakened Heart. What a blessing to have this opportunity to be with you virtually – whoever arranged this, my grateful thanks. The bird song in the background, the Tibetan flags flying in a grassy garden, the compassionate ceremony, the sun shining for you.

I only knew Gerd and yourselves, so do not know the people who spoke, but enjoyed them all. I was particularly moved to be reminded of his involvement in the Ockendon venture for refugees. How appropriate now (and ironic) to recall this different history, and to fit it into Gerd’s life, of always being useful. And how auspicious for a Lama to have taken the body round the stupa.

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