I hope you’re well. I’ve been home for a few weeks now and I thought it might be nice to share some pictures of my monastery-hopping travels taken over the past four months. I’ll try not to post too many because I know the Discourse server has its limits.
Anyhoo, if you have your own favorite monastery pictures from your travels, please share them!
Amaravati Buddhist Monastery, England (June 23-July 27, 2017) - I didn’t take many pictures at Amaravati because it was my third visit.
From Karunasom, the women’s dorm.
Walking through some wheat (?) fields on a footpath near the monastery. Looking down onto Great Gaddesden.
The neighborhood alpacas, Mara and Sukhita, respectively. (Yes, I did name them).
Milntuim Hermitage, Scotland (July 28-August 11, 2017)
Looking out into the lower part of the glen where the town of Comrie rests.
The ruins of the old mill. (Milntuim means something like ‘place of the mill’ in Gaelic.)
The main hermitage building.
Up into the glen.
Sati Saraniya Hermitage, Ontario, Canada (August 18-October 27, 2017)
Early changing leaves.
The main building of the hermitage.
My friend the groundhog.
An actual monarch butterfly perched on Ayya Medhanandi’s glasses.
Almsgiving ceremony (hey look, actual people!); they can’t have a ‘Kathina’ because they don’t have enough bhikkhunis.
An actual boat that is being turned into a kuti.
The monastic community; left to right, Ayya Nimmala, Sister Anuruddha, and Ayya Medhanandi.
A kuti at dusk during a thunderstorm.
At Sati Saraniya there is a monastic korwat practice of sitting (or crouching down) whenever one is eating or drinking anything. While I am not a monastic, I would periodically undertake this practice by sitting right down wherever I was standing in the kitchen – some people found it amusing.