Sunday, September 2, 2012
Ubon Ratchatani, a Buddhist morning in Beung Wai. Thailand
So it was that I arrived just after 0600 the 1st of September.Luckily the weather held up the 80 some kilometer drive from Amnat Charoen and while cloudy I was able to fill the back seat of the pickup with books. Looking around the grounds, the only thing not really changed are the Ubolsot and the kitchen. The new sala built by the crew from Wat Nong Pa Pong fits in sedately in the wooded Monastery and the new office a separate space for Ajahn Kevali to receive the many visitors. With more and more people arriving I decided it was time to move on to Wat Nong Pa Pong the other side of Beung Wai. A stop at the Chedi and the purpose built bungalow where Ajahn Chah spent his final years and then to the museum, that opens at 0800. It holds many artifacts that were in use in Isaan during Ajahn's life as well as many of his personal belongings. It is a quiet peaceful place. The maonastery is quire the opposite of the city temples that are noisy places. While the grounds were packed with supports here for the meal and to visit, the place was still nearly silent.