Friday has become leaving ceremony day of late: last Friday we said goodbye to Charlie and Renata, this morning to Seguin and Meryl. With the exception of Meryl, who will be going to Tassajara, they are all returning to the market-place, but hopefully, as Blanche encouraged them this morning, taking their practice with them for the benefit of everyone they meet. I hope this time that the tsui-ching is back in its resting place for a while. Actually, at my desk this morning I wondered if everyone had got up and left, as I didn't get a single email before noon, which is most unusual - not that I am complaining, mind.
I notice I haven't had a picture up here for a while, so here is Seguin, though you can't really tell, taking off her okesa in the kaisando - a picture which I think compensates for its technical deficiencies with atmosphere: