Into the routine of up at 4.30 a.m. and watch the world wake up! Truly amazing view from my balcony - looking right across the valley to the mountains. There are more dogs than any one would like to imagine - and their communication thru the night can get a wee bit daunting - try to imagine they are a chorus singing together and it is a bit more bearable!!! Watch the women hang their washing on the brick walls around the little paddocks at about 5 a.m. Little kids then head thru for their karate lesson - and later to school. In one area they do a lot fibrework - like spinning - so that is also interesting! It all happens out on the ground. In the park the other day we saw people with their sewing machines, working away quite merrily as if it was quite normal to sew out in the open in the dirt!!! There is a chubby monk who comes onto his rooftop and feeds the birds - it is all quite surreal with the drums and chanting from the monastery from 4.30 a.m. Rains almost everyday! What more can anyone want - but am also aware of the poverty here and the beggars and the rubbish everywhere! People are so nice! It is hard to get out of the habit of thinking someone is going to rip me off - but they are so friendly and pleasant, and many seem quite happy in their poor surroundings. Seeing three women with picks in a big ditch was confronting! Working very, very hard in their beautiful coloured shalwar shameez.
Went and picked up my new clothes yesterday - their are some fantastic outfits at the centre as people are from far and wide.
Our teachers at the centre are wonderful - whether you are Buddhist or not it is very thought provoking and sometimes quite confronting. The 'big guy' - His Eminence, is a bit of a rebel and really makes you think about your ideas and why you are here. It's marvellous!
So - feeling refreshed and invigorated! A lot of meditation which is good - so verythankful!
Hope all is well with you folk at home. Heard about the Air France plane crashing and can't help thinking of their last moments of terror! Awful.
Wonder how the Barbara Willis class is going in Adelaide - everyone will have a marvellous time!
Take care and talk soon! Love Joy