Today we exited the rains retreat with a simple ceremony. Four monks entered, four monks survived to exit. That's thirteen for me.
Our Kathina is Oct. 18th, and already it promises to be a great event with a large turnout.
Travel is imminent - I was hoping to make a short trip to the great white north next week, but it's not looking likely, unless I can wrastle someone into driving up with me, or take a bus.
On the 23rd, though, the real travel starts. I just received an invitation to accompany Ven. Saranapala from Mississauga to Japan, as part of the Canadian delegation to a global Buddhism conference in December. That puts the country count at four for this trip. So here's how the schedule looks so far:
- Oct. 23 - 25: Bangkok
- Oct. 25 - Nov. 11: Chiang Mai
- Oct. 31: offer 108 sets of monks robes to Ajaan Tong
- Nov. 12 - 25: India pligrimage
- Nov. 25 - Dec. 7: Bangkok
- Dec. 7 - 14: Japan
- Dec. 14 - 20: Bangkok
- Dec. 20 - Jan. 19: Sri Lanka
- Jan. 19 - Feb. 19: Chiang Mai or Mai Hong Son
Bringing the good camera along, so hoping to make some more Dhammapada videos, etc. Should be some good opportunities for sharing along the way.
After this trip, the plan is to stay put in Ontario at least until the summer; maybe another East coast tour then, or maybe West coast?