Monday, March 02, 2009

Two Sides to Wat Thai

Things are moving quickly now... I'm still in slow motion, and hoping it stays that way. But what I mean by quickly is that this place is turning into a meditation center around me in a matter of days. Last night the board of Wat Thai came to visit and offer their full support for instituting a real and lasting meditation program at Wat Thai. They now are clear on our need for more space for meditators and will try their best to open up another "kuti" (a house turned into a monastic residence) for us ASAP. Once our three months are up, they have promised us at least one kuti for the rest of the year. This, of course, is not nearly enough to meet the pressing demand from both Thai and American meditators, but it is an encouraging start. I have been invited to stay for the rains (a bit of a misnomer in this arid part of the Earth) and am actually considering it.

So, for anyone who thought that Wat Thai L.A. was just all about Thai culture and cultural Buddhism, think again. The monastery walls are packed with meditators as we write and the word is that this will only increase. As I've said before, there is no need to live in the forest if your mind is on track; I am happy here, and happy with the results of the meditation course so far. If you're in the area, please do stop in.