Servin' up Mezcal at a Buddhist Retreat

Sound odd to you? Well that's because you're not familiar with Dzogchen: a kind of dogma-free Buddhism. That's a terrible description of Dzogchen, but it's beyond the scope of this brief post to get into a subject that can't really be described. Noel and I are off to the mountains of Baja California Sur for a retreat with Chogyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche of the Dzogchen International Community. As part of our contribution, we'll be running the bar. And yes - Dzogchen practitioners love to drink. Many of them, anyway. We'll be selling our mezcal along with other things - the majority of the profit going to the retreat land and community.

So, the question is: Can you drink and maintain a state of pure awareness?

Tune in after Christmas for some interesting stories....

Until then...happy holidays!