Sad news from Santi Monastery with news from Ayya Jitindriya that at least one hut has been lost. There’s still uncertainty about several others until someone can get in there, but the main house and the nuns residences nearby were saved, thanks to back burning and aerial water bombing from the tireless efforts of the RFS. [EDIT: a few days later, Ayya Jitindriya tells me there is still some confusion at present about the building damage, as there has been conflicting reports]
Many of you have been following this thread for some time. It took weeks for the fire to reach Santi but in the end it was unstoppable, despite rain and human intervention. The power of nature… But I have been impressed by the power of compassion and generosity in our communities. People have expressed so much compassion for all the creatures of the forest killed or affected by the fire and groups of people are going down to drop food off for birds, wombats, wallabies etc to help them until the forest recovers.
It must have been very hard for the nuns to endure such a long period of uncertainty but whenever I spoke to Ayya Jitindriya she was stoic and philosophical - good practice!
See Ayya Jitindriya’s posts on the Santi website:
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