The bright colors were very inviting. I arrived just in time for tea, and was treated to tea before receiving my room key. I was told to come back in the morning for my assignment.
Hanging over each one of the doors is "the endless knot." During my stay I was told there were many meanings for this knot, including good luck, endless compassion and how everything is always joined in cause and effect. We had a Buddhist philosphy class one morning that was all about cause and effect.
A photograph of the stupa with a bonus monkey. The monkey is drinking from the faucet, they are able to turn the faucet on. I never saw one of them turn it off though. There were plenty of monkeys during my stay there, sometimes they even ended up in the guests' or volunteers' rooms. I was fortunate to have never suffered a monkey invasion. I only had one morning that one of the little ones was making a racket outside my window, and banging on it. However before I arrived one of the volunteers had their passport and other belongings thrown out the window. (Hence my passport was on me at all times.)
A photo of the courtyard and the younger monks rooms. I spent a lot of time in the courtyard. Most of the time the weather was really nice, and my room was pretty dark without power. Plus I enjoyed being about to hear afternoon services (puja) from time to time. Sometimes I didn't feel like actually going into the temple.
I spent a lot of time underneath the butter lamp offering building pictured above, until the monkeys scared me away one day. It provided excellent shade on the days it was a little bit warmer. I also loved listening to the prayer flags in the breeze and the trickling of the stream nearby.
I took this photo as the sun rose and I waited for the morning puja to start. I really enjoyed being able to attend the services in the mornings and sometimes in the afternoons. I had absolutely no idea what was going on, there was some thing soothing being in the temple.
Question to consider: Do you enjoy attending religious services that are in a language you don't understand? I remember when I was little, I actually enjoyed going to Mass in Spanish. It would be nice to go to a Latin Mass one day.