My last day at the age of 39 did not start well I woke up feeling very ordinary and so have either got a bug or case of Delhi belly I would like to think it is a very literal way to purge my 30s lol
Despite feeling unwell I was determined to get to the bodhi tree and temple today. There is a big prayer festival going on at the moment so I was woken up by monks chanting which would have been lovely if I was feeling good but I guess it beats an alarm clock. We headed to the temple after breakfast and was inundated by beggars and hawkers the whole way, it gets a bit tiresome and annoying after a while and you have to be really firm although I try not to be rude ever. The temple and bodhi tree is truly magnificent and i got quite emotional today as I thought of my dad, am not sure why but would like to think he was letting me know he was close by. Venerable Nam Dag did a teaching at the temple and then we went and sat at the Bodhi tree and half meditated while the monks chanted it was pretty cool I can tell you! I cannot do justice to the beauty and history of the place but please do yourselves a favour and look it up as it is quite extraordinary and i will hope the photos will give you some idea.
Afterwards kim and i were looking for somewhere we could eat lunch when Jan found us and asked if we would like to go to the Root Institute and we thought sure why not - having no idea what that was . It turns out it was this marvellous meditation centre that also runs a clinic and school. We had lunch in this open style kitchen which reminded me a bit like school camp as we washed our own dishes and served ourselves. After lunch we bought a few things in the shop and had a tour of the grounds and temple before visiting the clinic. The doctor that founded the clinic came out and told us the history of the place and how he ran it alone in the beginning and how he now has 26 staff all servicing the poor people in the area as well as educating them on hygiene and nutrition, it was truly fascinating and inspiring stuff.
We then caught a tuk tuk back to our hotel which was a lot better than our trip to the centre which was originally on a rick Shaw ridden by an old man that could barely ride and then got lost before we stopped him and found a tuk tuk that got us there in much better shape.
By the afternoon I was feeling quite sick so i spent the rest of the afternoon in my hotel vegging to try and get over it but I don't think I was very successful as I am still feeling unwell now as I write this. I did manage to go to dinner and go for an evening walk with my fave people kim, Julie, kat and norbu who make me laugh no matter how sick I feel and who sang happy birthday to me because it was my birthday in Australia.
Kim bought me the coolest present today a book called 'when the chocolate runs out' now that is my kind of Buddhist book!