This morning Jnanamati left Eleusis to travel to UK. We were a bit worried that he might meet with difficulties due to the strike action currently going on in France. I took him to the station for 6am and there was a coach waiting rather than the train. After that, however, it seems to have been a fairly smooth trip.
The rains continue and I saw on the news that we are in one of the worst hit areas of France for flooding. Fortunately we are on a small hill and so above the worst, though poor Oasis is cut off. An 'oasis' is supposed to be a place where you can get water, but not in quite this quantity. I expect the weather will change soon.
With Jnanamati gone, Adam and I had a quiet day. I have done more work on my Dogen book. I am still finding this project very stimulating. One also asks oneself why a particular them catches one's imagination so. I have had a fascination with Dogen's writing for many years and it is good to examine a piece in more depth and get under his skin. I imagine that I must identify with him in some ways. Sometimes he is extremely obscure and working out what it all means is a bit of a Sherlock Holmes exercise.
Yes, it has been exceptional. Whole site is water logged, but fortunately we are on a small hill. The rain has stopped for the moment so hopefully the water will start to go down.