Wednesday, December 21, 2011

December 2011 Update

December has been a busy month on all fronts; after the novice ordination, there was the robe dying, robe-wearing instruction, etc. Then we started an off-line Pali class, which has been fruitful - for me at least, learning a bit more about how to teach Pali... not sure if this batch of students (Phalanyani and Nagasena) are learning anything, though.

A piece of glass got stuck in my foot in November, and even today I'm not sure it's out; had the doctor cut it up and tell me there was no glass, so I let her bandage me up and send me home. Didn't take the antibiotics she recommended, though, and it got quite infected for the two days I thought it was healing. Then a fever came, etc. and I was told fever=infection. Opened it up, sure enough, foot was turning blue :) Yes, it's funny... monk thing. Bhante Anoma broke his wrist in November and it still hasn't healed... I thought that was funny too. bhārā have pañcakkhandhā, bhārahāro ca puggalo.

Construction progress continues at a very good pace now that the rain has abated (it never really ends, per se). Two projects on the go - the second slab roof and the bodhi tree stairs; a third project on deck - the roof of the two rooms above mine. A man went up and tried to fix the leak in the upstairs cave; reports are that it leaks much less now... still leaks though.

Still no new rooms; waiting for an electrician and some new door and window frames to complete the two lower rooms, then it's only a few days to plaster the walls, and begin on the individual bathrooms.

Sutta study and monk radio might take a break as they will fall around Christmas and New Year (not that it means much from our end...). We'll plan to start up again first weekend in January.

1 comment :

  1. I hope your foot is healed time...listen to the doctor and take the antibiotics...not an option. I'm looking forward to doing some kind of webcam chat with you this weekend while Abe and Reuben are here. Love you!