Two Friends From Uganda, Despina Namwembe and Patrice Binaisa visited the Berkeley Monastery on Saturday. Despina and Ray Signer drove over from San Francisco; they are my colleagues in the United Religions Initiative (URI) Global Council. Ray is the URI Treasurer and Despina is a regional coordinator from Africa.
I invited Despina and Ray for lunch and thought immediately of introducing them to Patrice Binaisa (Guo Sa) whom I have known for ten years in Berkeley. Patrice was part of the last group of disciples to take refuge with the Ven. Master Hua, before his Nirvana. Patrice speaks Spanish and Mandarin and has a deep interest in Dharma. He has been away from Uganda for years and he and Despina had a great time chatting about stories from home.