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Dear friends,

Welcome to China.


It takes a lot of courage to travel far from home. In doing so we willingly walk away from our loved ones, our familiarities and comforts, our favorite foods, and ultimately the very way in which we are conditioned to perceive this miracle of a journey we call life. Indeed, there are countless ways to travel along this road and when we venture far from what we know we are offered a glimpse into not only other ways of eating, dressing, talking, etc, but we are gifted the extraordinary opportunity to witness and possibly even experience directly, other ways of seeing and being altogether.


We bow to you all, recognizing the difficulties in making such a noble choice. To be far from home is often challenging in ways those who opt for easier paths do not fully understand. The adventures ahead will be at times very difficult. We ask a great deal of you on Dragons courses and we empathize with the shared hardships that inevitably come when genuinely seeking wisdom. But we assure you, the rewards are worth the hardships. And as we nomads have come to know, the journey itself IS the destination.


We are honored to be your leaders, teachers, guides, and above friends and fellow seekers for the next three months as we venture together through the Land South of The Clouds.


Chu ru ping an

(May you have peace wherever you go.)


Gregory Pettys,

On behalf of the Instructor Team