Thursday, 12 February 2009

not empy, not not empy, not neither and not both!

Well, Sudakini is now better! She had tablets to treat Giardia and amoebic dysentery! Apparently the doctor has a habit of overperscribing, a guy in our guest house said if you go with a head ache you will be given a morphine injection!

We are in the swing of cooking for ourselves more. Usually papaya, banana and lemon for breakfast. Tibetan bread and marmalade another favorite. We had pasta today. Really enjoy getting fresh veg in the morning, you have too get it each day as it goes off so quick in the heat. Common veg is green peppers, tomatoes, pees, aubergine, carrots, chilies, beans, spinach. We got a weird spiky thing the other day. The man said to peel it and fry it. It was like a mixture between potatoes, aubergine and parsnip, very nice. Veg is incredibly cheap, like 1p for 6 tomatoes. Chai is gorgeous and Sudakini has mastered the art of making this. Cheese is a luxury here and even then its expensive and processed. Vajralila misses pizza a bit.

A woman staying in our guest house is a chod teacher and gave us a lesson yesterday. We feel like beginners again. We had picked up many bad habits and are having to re learn the technique. Humility is a good thing of course.

Vajralila is immersed in her 'what is emptiness' project and is reading 'pointing out the Dharmakaya' and 'The understanding heart' by Tich nat hahn. Both are excellent. Sudakini already seems to have know for a long time what Vajralila is learning.

Our new chapter has formed and stormed and any time soon we expect it to perform. The FWBO land is in the process of being transformed for the convention in a few weeks. Things are changing fast. Gardens emerging and a massive wooden frame that will be a structure under canvas is looking impressive. Buddhas are being made out of stone and a bamboo bridge appeared this week. At present 24 Indian women are staying there, with their cooks, All 30 in one room. These women got ordained as Bikkunis a few days ago (they needed somewhere safe to stay) which is pretty radical as women are not recognised as able to have full ordination in the Theravada tradition but they persuaded somone to conduct the ordination and managed to find Bikkhus to be there to witness it to make it authentic, although the Bikkhus wouldn't put there name to it (apparently they could loose their passports if they did!) it seems to have been enough to count. We and Aranyaka were there to be supportive and the next day Sudakini and I bought 24 potions of this special indian sweet treat for them to celebrate, we offered it to each woman and then they had us kneel with our eyes closed while they chanted blessings for us. It was very special.

Thank you to those who read and comment, it helps us feel connected xxxxx


  1. Hi VL, glad to hear that Sudakini has recovered.
    Seems like your eating well, very colourful descripion!!The preparations for the convention sound exciting too.Got a date to start Mitra training now, March 1st - can't wait, so looking forward to it.Have made a good friend at Shrewsbury group - going on retreat at Anybody's Barn mid March with her.
    Best wishes to you both, Julie x

  2. Dear Sudakini and Vajralila,I'm really enjoying following your blog, Your descriptions of your experiences are so evocative. Very pleased to hear of Sudakini's recovery.I'm reading a book on women Buddhist teachers in America by Lenore Friedman at the moment, which I'm finding very inspiring and thought provoking!
    Love to you both, Fiona xxxx

  3. Hi ladies - and 'Happy Valentines Day' to you both (tho it was probably yesterday for you!). I've been a bit lax with following your blog - I thought I would get an e-mail each time you added to it!! Still, I know better now! As iona says, your wonderful descriptions are very evocative - wish I had your courage and tenacity! Soooo glad you're finally better, Sudakini - now start regaining that much needed weight! Percy the cat is coming on leaps and bounds .... if you want to go to my album on Facebook you can see a few pics of him. Off to the vet on wednesday for his 1st M.O.T. (Moggie on Test) and some seriously-needed claw clipping! Love you both loads - speak soon. T xx

  4. Love and Peace.

    Enjoyed reading and seeing pictures.

    Glad you went to see Bhante. The bit about nuturing the seed (or ones secret garden), resonated with the newcomers class I taught today.

    Perhaps I'll get up extra early tomorrow and behave as if I am empty of sciatica, and blissfully under the bodhi tree!

    And then have Papaya, Bannana and lemon for

    Best wishes, love Dharmika xxx