Dhamma Weekly ( 15 August 2014 )
In the afternoon that day
June 22nd 2014 I was alone at The Wat Ram Poeng’s foreign office in Chiang Mai With my sincerely attention to learn Vipassana ( Meditation ). I have so much heard about . It should’ve something good to change pattern of life. Why don’t I take a chance as I have got 1 month time .
My friend who live near by this Monastery, said Wat Ram Poeng is the most famous one in the northern part of Thailand. Not enough she was continued to vow. Many meditators come from all over the world. Ha? Should be a good place?
I Looked around , looking from the front door to the back door for some one to talk to.
At the end of a dead road I found a young Monk who was sitting alone in the room. The sign hang on the entrance door said “ Foreign Office ” I decided immediately to walk toward him.
May I help you? He said.
Please , Sir I would like to attend the Meditation Class.
How many days do you want to be with them?
I have one month ,Sir
Good, here is the key to your room#28 on the 2nd floor. This section is for female only. No visitor allowed. He kept on talking to me.
Inside that room, There are blanket, cover sheet ; for the plastic mattresses , a plastic pillow, you can help your self, take one of each. You must clean your room before and after leaving. Sweep the ground around the building in the morning and afternoon. The cleaning equipments are on so there.
I made Two trips from the foreign office to my assigned room in order to get things settle down that evening.
The narrow alley I walked toward my building was so beautiful, quiet . There were big trees with green leaves ,also I saw Buddha images stood on both sides. Those trees give huge shadow to all area. The weather was cool. The wind was calm.
I saw Yokis, some were walking slowly paying attend on their feet steps, some were sitting still , eyes closed, hands fold on lap. No one talked or chat, each one of them looked so relax with peacefully faces that I noticed.
The alley were so cleaned I didn’t a single leave on the ground. The little Kuti ( a hut, may be call cottage ) was also cleaned. Well !!!!!! surprisingly quiet, no car, no noise, fresh air. I wondered who started this suitable special place. I was so thank full for that original idea. Who was the one who managed now? Such a huge area and How. From where the money come from? Yokis have free foods 2 meals a day ,free lodging ( guest house style) Meditators can share expenses at they please when leaving .
Feel free to come and visit us what is Vipassana? What good about it?.
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