Friday, March 28, 2014

counting blessings

I've been blessed with so much in this life. Good health, a well-functioning mind, a solid family and wholesome upbringing filled with good friends and teachers. I was blessed to find my way to the practice of the teachings of a fully enlightened Buddha, blessed with good instruction in English, blessed with the privilege of ordaining as a Buddhist monk in a foreign country, blessed with the support and tutelage that has kept me alive and prospering in the monastic life.

Ajaan Tong Sirimangalo has been the greatest of all blessings of my life. I can't begin to express what his presence in my life has meant. He is the best reminder to me of what great luck I have coming into this life. Whereas people talk about how difficult it is to meet him, almost every time I've tried he was somehow available. This morning was no exception; just as he was preparing to leave, I arrived and was able to not only offer him a set of ten translations of my booklet, but join him and five other monks for lunch at a mansion near the airport before getting on a plane back to Bangkok.

Not sure what I did to deserve all of the goodness in my life, but I sure as heck know I've got a lot of work to do so as to not lose it. Ajaan asked me again for 111 languages, which he hopes we can finish by September. Ahem. Maybe he'll settle for twenty?