Soka Gakkai in Tirana

Yesterday, I hosted the first-ever Buddhist meeting held in Tirana. There were eight of us – two Albanian Buddhists who learned about Buddhism from friends or relatives in Italy, an Italian man and his wife who live in Macedonia, a Japanese woman studying in Montenegro, the sister of one of the Albanians, an Albanian guy whom we’re teaching about the practice, and myself. We discussed our experiences in encountering Buddhism, and it was actually affecting to hear the two Albanians talk about how long they’d waited for this day. One of them has practiced alone, in a small village outside…

Encounters and updates

First off, I promise to have the photos from our Croatia trip up in the next week or so – assuming I don’t fly off to London for a “dental evacuation.” We get one such trip out of country for dental problems that cannot be fixed in-country, and the dentists I’ve seen here still haven’t been able to solve the tooth sensitivity I’ve been having since April. In particular, one of my teeth hurts whenever I put pressure on it. I’ve had an old filling replaced twice, but the problem won’t go away; the next step may be to seek…