Friday, March 13, 2015

Changing Change

So, regarding this year. I applied to return to McMaster to complete my undergraduate degree, probably part-time, but still, that should change things quite a bit. Half the reason for returning to McMaster is for the environment; it seems like a good way to begin to establish a local base here.

So, come September, I will be a bit preoccupied. There is also an idea brewing for the organization to rent a house closer to the university and potentially start a monastery / meditation centre in the west end of Hamilton. If so, we'd have to move in July before the rains... if not this year, we can always try for January or next year, but it would be nice to be closer to the university, as well as having our own place dedicated to running meditation and study courses.

Also, it looks like I'll just be travelling to Florida and back in May; there is too much going on here to make it seem reasonable to leave for any longer than a couple of weeks. Have to give a talk on May 10th in Toronto, so, Florida from May 10 to 22.

 Finally, based on a promise to the monastery in Mae Hong Son, Thailand where we stayed in January, our organization will be sponsoring the repairs of doors and windows in their main building's meditator residences, to the amount of around CAD $2000. Anyone interested in joining with this wholesome venture is welcome to support our organization via the supporting page.

As always, may all be well :)

Monday, March 02, 2015

carika

So, it's that time of year again. Plans are pretty much set to travel to Florida May 9th, and then somehow make my way back to Canada for the rains. Not sure if a trip up the East Coast like last year would be the best use of time and effort; any thoughts?

My only thought is that it would be better to focus on well-organized, day or even multi-day retreats. Anyone interested in organizing such a course in their area?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Canadian Bakin'

Stoney Creek is much the same as last year; new bathrooms in the main hall, the upstairs bathroom in this building waiting for renovations. Otherwise, same old, same old.

Another same is that we still don't have a good system in place for supporting the monastery food-wise. When the head monk is here, that's somewhat ameliorated, but he's gone often - right now he's in California, no word when he's back. So, it's just me and one meditator for now. And no food. Luckily, there's someone I can call in Toronto to order food by phone from restaurants; that's what we did yesterday.

But with more meditators coming soon, we'll need to set up something more stable... either that or move, I guess. We just don't have the local support here, being too far out of the city to build a strong local community. It looks like our solution for now is to try ordering groceries online and having our resident layman cook it. If that doesn't work, we may have to be resigned to ordering from restaurants Monday to Friday until we can set up something more stable.

Meanwhile, interested parties are welcome to support our organization via our organization page:

http://www.sirimangalo.org/support

Thanks everyone for your support thus far. Looking forward to working with you all into the future.

Be well!



Friday, February 20, 2015

B-b-back

Actually, the cold is nice, as long as it stays outside.

Back in Stoney Creek, ready to hanker down and keep some of the commitments I've made over the past while.

Received a whole slew of presents... thanks everyone who sent such useful things, I will try my best to make sure they are put to good use.

Some things in the near future, a To-Do List, if you will, in no particular order:


  • Dhammapada videos
  • Monk Radio
  • Food for meditators
  • Buddhism at Stack Overflow 
  • Distributing HTM for Kids DVD
  • HTM II chapters
  • Thailand monastery repair funding
  • East Coast USA trip 2015
Longish, and I'm probably forgetting some glaringly obvious tasks, but that's a start. Remains to be seen how much I actually accomplish, but here's hoping.

Meanwhile, all is well.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Obstruction



Free from physical obstructions, blasting off into the smoggy skies, heading for cooler climes.

Dizzy from travel, it will be nice to return to a more normal routine, of only to make good on some good intentions about teaching and such.

It's been quite the trip, and a lot to be thankful for; intercontinental travel (four countries in the past for months) without money is quite the challenge, so thanks to those who helped make it possible.

More from the great white north... Will wait and see how much can be done, but am hopeful to get some lagging projects caught up while the snow keeps me bound.

Flight in two hours. Blessings everyone.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Only The Mountain

Off to the mountains today, three courageous students in tow. Will be in nature until February 14th, then back to Bangkok until Canada in the 19th.

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Foresting

Back in the forest, staying at the cave monastery near Nissarana Vanaya. The resident monks have done great work fixing up and building it up anew. The caves no longer leak, to say the least. Five monks in residence, two of them foreign. I can say honestly that the work we did here building this place up wasn't in vain.

Quiet times for another day, then back to Colombo for the weekend.