Thursday, 5 February 2009
sudakini is trying to combat a persistent tummy bug and has been in bed for three days. Vajralila has enjoyed following her own impulses in the meantime (whilst also caring for the patient); she has been getting up at 5.30 and meditation at the mahabodhi temple. Our chod critic from the other day later came up to us on another occassion after our practice, smiling and asking us to take on the care of some puppies she had been feeding since she was soon to leave. we took this friendly approach as an apology and thought the demon must have been fully fed and transformed. We changed rooms today - hoooray!! now in an upstairs room which is lighter and airier. The niyingma prayer festval has finished and tibetans, ladakhis, nepalis and bhutanese are now flooding out of bodhgaya. Maybe we will have more quiet time now and less crowds everywhere. Sudakinis main focus of practice at the moment is equanimity towards upleasant physical symptoms - after all, there is no me and mine! Vajralila is, in contrast, experiencing dhyana in her meditations and contemplating the meaning of co-emergence and the emptiness of the five skandhas... It all counts. Still three weeks to go until the convention. We are hearing many expressions of gratitude towards other order members who have spent many years coming to Bodhgaya and connecting with the locals - they have contributed in many ways to people here. Nissoka and Lalitavajras names are mentioned often. We are using the computer at Sashi's thanka painting school. Sashi is an indian mitra who studied thanka painting in nepal. We have to finish up cause Annise is waiting to lock up.