Gilbert prays the way Jesus prayed. The Buddha, too. So, what kind of praying is this? Silence. Stillness. Some call it meditation -- the kind of praying Jesus instructed his followers to practice (Matthew 6:6).
We may be tempted to believe that leaving one's present geography and associations is the key to self-realization, when in fact the path is entirely within consciousness, and the environment is the extraneous scenery.