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.
Monday, January 26, 2015
Wednesday, January 07, 2015
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.
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Been busy here in Sri Lanka, this is my first day without some teaching engagement (I think? Maybe my calendar is wrong).
So, teaching at private residences, monasteries, foundations, even the Bank of Ceylon. A few full day meditation programs, which were nice. One fairly terrible experience of realizing that my audience (and the person translating for me) didn't really agree with what I (or the author of the Visuddhimagga) taught. Awkward.
Sri Lanka is nice; they say it shouldn't be raining this time of year, but I think that's something they tell visitors to hide the fact that it really does rain 360 days of the year here. If not for the dengue mosquitoes, the rain would be wholly welcome. As it is, well, it is still mostly welcome to me, though it is sad to hear of the flooding that has caused much suffering this past month.
Off to the jungle on the 7th, then the mountains on the 11th. Back to Thailand on the 19th. I'm thinking we'll try to meet at Wat Lokmoli in Chiang Mai on the 26th of January and head off to the forest then. If you're earlier than that, you can stay at the monastery. If you're later, you'll have to take a bus to Mae La Noi in Mae Hong Son and we'll pick you up from the mountain.
Canada February 19th.
Florida May 9th.
Friday, December 19, 2014
Apologies to the atmosphere.
Flying to Colombo this morning, for a month of teaching. Will try to visit old places and people. Should have internet, so maybe monk radio thus weekend?
Back in Thailand January 19, probably straight to Chom Tong to collect meditators for the forest.
Sunday, November 30, 2014
As for the end of this year, on December 5th I'm teaching in Chiang Mai for a few days, then maybe going to check out the state of a meditation centre known only as "Bpa Miang", which I think refers to a predominance of tea trees, north of Chiang Mai. Then off to Bangkok and Sri Lanka for a month on the 20th.
January 20 - February 19 I'll be back in Thailand as mentioned. Still not sure the location, but somewhere Chiang Mai-ish.
On February 19th, returning to Canada. I've been mildly chastised already for not having a monastery of my own there yet, so maybe some movement in that direction can begin. Otherwise, pressure to go live in Bpa Miang and all that. My feeling is that a branch monastery of Wat Phradhatu Sri Chom Tong in Canada would be more impressive.
Anyway, teaching in Stoney Creek, ON until my birthday. Plans in my head to fly on May 9th to Florida, then make another bus trip, this time up the East coast. Maybe fly to LA as well?
The vassa starts July 31st, but the tentative plan is to be in Stoney Creek from June until the end of October, so should be a good time to look into seriously building a meditation centre in Ontario.
Beyond October, my already sorely taxed imagination fails me, but I imagine another trip to Thailand/Sri Lanka/India/Australia? is in the works.
So, now you know.
Be well :)
Saturday, November 29, 2014
So, if you are one of the people thinking to come to Thailand to practice, we are now able to confirm that from Jan 20 to Feb 19, there will be practice. Courses as always are on-going, so just let me know what dates suit you in that time period. A full foundation course is ~21 days.
Contact me via my weblog contact form (http://yuttadhammo.sirimangalo.org/) if you don't have my email address.
Our online meditation group website:
The Android app:
The live feed archive:
And the actual live feed url (only available when active):
The neatest part is I can broadcast from my mobile phone and the feeds are automatically recorded and archived, which means wherever I am, instant Internet publishing. Awesomeness :)
Friday, November 28, 2014
|Us vs. them - our driver decided to turn around and |
drive against the flow of traffic. This was the result.
On the 12th, we (Me, Sandeep, Veera, Cindy) arrived in Gaya, a few hours late, which was okay because both the people (Chris and Riya) on the trains we were to meet were several hours late as well. We checked into a hotel and went to the tree for evening meditation.
|Maha Bodhi Cetiya, Bodh Gaya|
|Maha Bodhi Cetiya in the morning light|
|Throngs vying to get into the |
tiny cave - torture in itself
|Harmony under the bodhi tree|
|Sri Lankans in the Maha Bodhi society temple, Saranath|
|Panoramic view of the Ganga river ghats - Varanasi|
|Under the iconic Dhammek Stupa|
|Smiling, Happy People|
|Lots of Smiling, Happy People|
|Pictures inside the Buddha's birthplace are forbidden for some reason. |
This monk scolded me right after this picture was taken. Now he's on the Internet.
|Those bricks on the bottom left are all that's |
left of the great gate of renunciation.
|The peace of enlightenment|
|Kids playing cricket.|
|Kesariya Cetiya in the early morning mist.|
|Somehow managed to snap a picture of Gijjhakuta without any |
people. It was much more busy than this makes it look.
|The long and winding staircase to the Saptaparni Caves|
24th went early to the tree, meditation, then almsround. Almsround in Bodh Gaya consists of circumambulating the cetiya with your almsbowl - two-for-one puja :) Got a full bowl of food, donated it to the Burmese monks, got a blessing. 25th another alms round, then flew back to Bangkok.
|Random image of me with some kid. |
He touched my face, I touched his back. Pictures were taken.
Also, kudos to my fellow pilgrimees for being awesome; small pligrimagings made up of dedicated meditators are definitely the best.
|Panorama of awesome meditators|
In Chiang Mai, heading to Chom Tong and maybe Mae Hong Son. Hopefully will finalize a means of broadcasting live audio talks to our meditation app soon and set up a schedule for talks. Would be a nice accent to our meditation sessions, I think.
Blessings all, best wishes, be well!