Friday, September 14, 2007

The Open Air

"akkodhano vigatakhilohamasmi
anutīre mahiyekarattivāso.
vivaṭā kuṭi nibbuto gini,
atha ce patthayasī pavassa deva''.

unangered, uncallous am I;
on the earth by the river for one night dwelling.
my hut is uncovered, my fire is out,
so if thou wilt rain, o deva, rain.

-- The Buddha (SN 1.2)

Nothing like changing your roof to make you see the advantages of not having a roof.

Almost finished, and the devas have thus far been most compliant, bestowing us with a bout of hot weather, until today when the final cement was poured into the mold on the peak. Within minutes of the workmen leaving for the day, the angels let forth a great rain which continues still. I rejoice in their help :)

So, with hundreds of kgs of concrete and wood above my head, I continue my work: studying, practicing and teaching. These three things are a far greater solace than wood and stone. Nonetheless, the stone and wood help with the three... I keep in mind and recite daily:

Pa.tisa"nkhaa yoniso senaasana"m pa.tisevaami,
Considering wisely, I use the dwelling,
Yaavadeva siitassa pa.tighaataaya,
To the extent that it may protect against cold,
U.nhassa pa.tighaataaya,
protect against heat,
.Da"msa-makasa-vaataatapa-siri"msapa-samphassaana"m pa.tighaataaya,
protect against the touch of flies, mosquitoes, wind, sun, & reptiles;
Yaavadeva utuparissaya-vinodana"m pa.tisallaanaaraam'attha"m.
to the extent that it may dispel danger in regards to the seasons and for the purpose of delighting in seclusion.

Yes, I can see the wisdom in this - though in my case, a dwelling seems to have a attracted some of these dangers. Like the bees:

Or the lizards (no pictures, but the workers claim I was raising a small metropolis of them in the peak of the roof. When they were unfortuitously evicted, some of them relocated to my washroom, some to my bedroom, so all is well for them. :S

Back to practice.