Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Closing Time

Getting ready to pack up my things (95% books), though I have to say I leave Wat Sanku reluctantly. I can't go into great detail, but I have had a longstanding disagreement with the abbot about incorporating things like public school children, dog kennels, guns, thieves, etc. into a monastery which our preceptor spent 30 years building as a meditation centre, and he had expectations of donation from meditators for his public school, etc. beyond what we felt was proper to ask for. This notwithstanding, we still assumed that the centre would be able to run as a semi-autonomous entity.

Then a meditator went off the deep end; I wasn't her teacher, so I don't know the details... I've never had a student go off even the shallow end. The abbot called me while I was away in Bangkok, blamed me for leaving, told me he was closing the centre to foreigners and hung up the phone.

I took the next plane back to Chiang Mai, stayed overnight at Wat Rampoeng and went to visit the AWOL in Suan Prung (the mental hospital) the next morning. She seemed to relax, talking together, but still showed herself unable to separate reality from dream, so I recommended she stay on for the term. I heard her parents were coming to pick her up yesterday. I also heard she has a history of this sort of thing.

Ajaan wasn't concerned, but seemed to agree with keeping her in Suan Prung for a while. He didn't seem keen to have me move to Wat Rampoeng, but he may have just been being kind in continually insisting that I could return to Chom Tong. That's probably where I will go, in the end.

So, that's details. Boring life, boring details. Thanks for tuning in :)