Hill country is amazing. Imagine being on the side of a mountain and all that you can see is mountains around you. Well, that’s where I am. Not only the place is breathtaking - the temple, community, and other volunteers are just as amazing. Here at the Hanguranketha house we always joke around that we are one big family, sharing meals and stories.
The temple is more of its own town than a simple place of worship. The temple’s community has farmers, cooks, monks, and students. Everyone contributes what they can and in return they are given what they need. It is a beautiful mutualistic symbiosis. The "town" is made up of many buildings such as the kitchen, eating area, main temple, and dormitories for studying monks. Having the opportunity to be a part of this community is incredible. The monks are very welcoming, and always want to thank you for the work you are doing.
All during renovation today I was feeling a little bit sick in my stomach, and even now - few hours later - I’m sitting in bed, and it still hasn’t let up. So I think I’m going to sleep, and I hope its better in the morning.