Welcome Back to the Spring Semester from the President

  • At the start of the spring semester, students and staff enjoy working on a puzzle together
  • At the start of the spring semester, students and staff enjoy working on a puzzle together

It is a typical northern California day in January--cool and foggy, with a promise of rain. Yet inside the DRBU building, the lights are on and the classrooms are full of energy. Everyone is eager to begin the new semester after a long winter break. Last night, at the first of our weekly Tuesday night community dinners, I kept hearing variations of the theme: “It’s so good to be back!” I heard similar comments when faculty and staff came together for a retreat the weekend before the semester began. In the words of one staff member, “The break was great, but I missed all of you!” 

As I walked through the halls this morning, waiting for my tea water to boil, I heard student voices in every classroom. They might have been diving into the subtleties of the Abhidharma, discussing Hadot’s take on spiritual exercises, exploring the Neo-Confucian movement, reading Gilgamesh, or Indian epic poetry. However, regardless of what they were doing, they were doing it in community, with a spirit of mutual exploration and respect for each other, and for the insights to be gained from their work together. That is the work that goes on at DRBU every day, and it is what draws us all back here from wherever we wander during our time away. This place feels like home.