the YES EDIFICE
June: Once we decided to do that, I wrote 13 pages of why it would be a great idea. The people who read it said, if you get it together, call us! We were flabbergasted that if you lift up the rug in one little corner, there’s so much there. We did a bunch of benefit concerts for the place we wanted to create – boots on the ground, pass it on, plant a little seed, make sure the birds don’t eat it… This is what it took to build IMA – this is a big old YES – you have walked into the YES EDIFICE!
There is no substitute for YES – you submit, and if people say no, you say ok, maybe another time. The point is YES. I prayed for teachers and I got them: Muktananda, the Hindu thing, Buddhist practice, especially tantra, the vipassana, Ruth Denison, the noble truths. Ruth was very hard on me: June, stop flitting around in the desire realm – she’d say in the middle of meditation. Or, June, do you see that it’s a cloud, not your idea of a cloud? You have to understand: I was born in Manilla, the first girl born after the war. I was freaked out for so long – I didn’t feel safe, didn’t know who to believe. But now I understand the nature of reality – things as they are, not how you want them to be. Because that leads to the freedom of, fuck it, man, if you only have a minute to live, what are you going to do?