I was at our Advisor, Ayya Santini’s centre, Wisma Kusalayani, Maribaya, Bandung, Indonesia for the samaneri ordination on 15 July 2014 and stayed on for a 10 days self-retreat.
An interesting observation while I was there is the harmonious living together among the resident samaneris and newly ordained and visiting samaneris from Japan, Malaysia and Sri Lanka. One of the examples is during meals preparation time. All come together to wash, peel, cut and slice the vegetables and other ingredients needed for the meals. Even then, their practice is in evidence – no slouching, no gossiping, sitting erect, they mindfully and happily prepared the ingredients.
Needless to say, the dishes tasted divine with the added ingredient of metta!