The tour continued …………
Our main destination was Taman Bodhi Asri for meditation workshop cum retreat . We arrived on the eve of the consecration ceremony of the main shrine hall. We were fortunate to witness the ceremony and noted the difference in cultural practices.
The dormitories for the old folks and the kitchen were functional while the other infrastructures for meditation retreat was still under construction. The meditation kutis for the individual and twin-sharing were at various stages of construction, including the dinning hall, pond and landscape works among others.
Pak Bibi, the man responsible for the completion of the project sought advice from Bhante Raja on the layout of the meditation centre, mainly the location of the kutis.
During our stay, many well-wishers, devotees, villagers and visitors including an assemblyman and the district headman called upon Bhante Raja.
We also conducted puja, meditation session and blessing of the congregation.
In return for their hospitality and warm reception and as a gesture of goodwill we reciprocate and offered dana lunch to the residents of TABA, children and members of the village.
As a token appreciation, every child were treated to a bottle of beverage and an apple.
The concluding part of the tour – Other Religious Activities – will continue in Part 3.
Contributor: Chin Kee Thou