- the food here is great; I find myself eating more than elsewhere, though of course that is probably because of the mostly vegetarian fare. Still, there is clearly not the obsession with taste that one finds elsewhere in the world; the food is healthy, simple, and plain. Just my speed.
- The weather is nice, lots of rain. I'm told it gets much hotter in the summer but, be it the will of the gods, we will have a meditation centre by then, somewhere above the heat and mosquitoes to boot. Or at least with trees.
- There's a library here with some of Ven. Piyadassi Thera's personal books; I'm reading a Sinhalese Grammar with an inscription from the donor to him.
- It's peaceful here. Even in Colombo, there isn't yet the urban feeling one gets in Bangkok, Los Angeles, or even Chiang Mai. It's still jungle.
- And it's an island. Funny how the sounds, smells, winds, rain, etc. remind me of Manitoulin Island in a way I never associated with islands...
- And it's Buddhist. One interesting epiphenomenon that I'm sure has Sri Lankan's long-standing Buddhist government as a cause, is the great mutual respect for and by all religious people. I've been served food and given alms by catholics twice now, once by a priest himself. And you don't feel the hostility or the apparent need to convert or proselytize. They are Buddhist catholics, it seems.
I'm back on Second Life this week, with a tenuous connection to the Internet. I didn't record video of this talk but here's the audio:
This file can also be found, along with this site's whole collection of audio Dhamma, on the audio page