Thursday, December 8, 2011

Day 2 - Current

Day 2, I was up about 4:00am this morning and it is definitely hot and humid from anything I've been in before.  Slept in my boxers with no blankets and a fan blowing directly on me for most of the night but you do get a bit of a chill from the fan blowing on you so you have to cover up a bit... at times.

So the typical day here is:

5 am - Morning Chanting & Meditation
6:30 to 7:30 - Breakfast
7:45 - Meditation
10:00 - Meditation
11:00 to 11:45 - Lunch
1:00 - Mediation
3:00 - Meditation
7:30 - Evening Chanting & Mediation

The first few days were really busy as there were multiple ceremonies for the King and also the Abbot got a higher ranking.  Tons of people and the people are all really helpful.  Tuesday was a really late night (11:30), as a lot of monks from all around came to honour the Abbot for getting the promotion and bring gifts.  At the end of the ceremony, we all got a blessed Buddha amulet and a book (I didn't take one as it was in Thai).  I was introduced to the Abbot for a short time as he was very busy for the retreat and other ceremonies but I'm told I will get to study and talk with the Abbot more when things slow down.  On Wednesday, we only had the first meditation session and then I was given the rest of the day off.  Philip took me in to Damnoen to show me how to get there by bus and to show me around as he is leaving on the 11th.  The trip is about a 20 minutes bus ride, and we only stayed for about 1 and a half as we needed to get back for lunch and he had his meditation session.  I didn't take my camera so I'll post more about this later again.  Today, I had my morning mediation session and got the rest of the day off to relax a bit.  I am told that after the retreat that I will be going to a local school the teach some english for a few week as the semester here does not start till January 8th.  Well that's my update for now, I have been so busy that I have barely had my camera out.  I am missing a lot here about the first days, and I will post more at a later date as I thought I should get something up here.

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