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I-CODA International Centers of Divine Awakening , founded by Swami Premodaya is a spiritual center to promote growth of the individual's innate spirituality. Offerings include public events, online satsang, discourse, all day workshops, and spiritual retreats.

At the Master's Side




It's our third day in the city of Kyoto, and it's bitterly cold!  As Val and I are bundled up walking the streets, Premodaya reminds us this is "bathing suit weather" for him, and frequently asks "where is the beach?"  (Swamiji 'runs hot' and therefore really likes cold weather).

Unexpectedly, Japan is a difficult country for vegetarians - meat and/or fish are not only part of every meal, one or the other is used in almost every dish!  So poor Val has been relying primarily on fried cheese and radish salads (he's really burnt out on tofu).

As Premodaya mentioned in the last Satsang, though Kyoto is significantly smaller in population compared to Tokyo, it feels much more congested.  It's not very tourist, foreign visitor, or English language friendly, either.  Finding our way around town, ordering from a menu, or even basic communication with hotel staff, has been a real challenge.

Gurudev and Val explored the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove today (also referred to as the Kyoto Bamboo Forest).  As far as myself, I've been resting at the hotel the last few days.  I came down with a little something, but am feeling much better and more energetic today. 

Jikai made (Until next time),