Daily Life Practice On the Road.

Since the last posting I found out that the road we had taken from the airport was closed due to flooding soon after we passed in the small hours of the morning. So, glad we got through.

The first day in Taiwan? Can I remember back that far? Yes, lunch with the Master and his newly ordained disciple and maybe up to 15 lay practitioners as well. Then to the lecture hall in town to sit and drink tea and attempt to communicate what it is I am hoping to do while in Taiwan. Latter we (the Master and his three disciples)climbed into the temple mini bus and drove for perhaps two and half hours, at a sedate pace, to the temple in the central mountain area. I am growing used to the scale of the temples here however that first sight of the place where we were to stay was breathtaking. Since then, the following day in fact, we went to a temple where over 1000 monks and nuns live and practice.

The next day, at 6.00 am the nun and I were eating breakfast in the kitchen of the guest house and by 8.00 we were in the Master’s car heading off for a tour into the higher mountains. I could see that the nun was driving with full awareness that she was driving her Master’s car although there were a couple of times I couldn’t help myself and encouraged her to drive closer to the right side of the road! (As I write this she is trying to tell me something via an electronic dictionary, it might be something about the virus attack warnings that keep popping up on this computer which I would really like to fix but the owner seems not to be concerned. Language difficulties again….). The most memorable place we visited was a temple above a lake where we met an 85 year old nun who had become a nun when she was ten years old. (Now the nun traveling with me is trying to tell me not to be anxious about the virus attack! The dictionary has come up with “to be affected by poison”, yes I think that describes this computer so I had better get off quickly….)

To cut a long story short I am in the high mountains using the computer in a store next to the place where I will stay tonight. We have walked in the tropical mountain forest this afternoon and it is all captured on video. Today I’ve also been aided by Millie, a young woman who kindly took a day off work to translate for me. Thank you Millie if you are reading this, please post a comment if you want to.

This morning we went to a temple where there are 60 nuns training. We had tea with the Abbess and I think it has been arranged that we will go and stay there on Friday night so I can get a feel for monastic training in a medium size temple where only nuns practice. If things sound vague it is because arrangements have the habit of changing very quickly. For example I thought we would only be away from the city temple one night and it turns out we will be away for three…or is it four!?

I really do need to get off this computer as the pop up messages are getting more and more serious, the nun is standing to my right mentally wringing her hands – well I would be in her position – and the TV is loud in my left ear. This is just a small picture of how life is for me on a moment to moment level.

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7 thoughts on “Daily Life Practice On the Road.”

  1. 17th May 2005
    Dear Rev. Master Mugo,
    Congratulations on the 24th anniversary of your Ordination. Thank you for all that you are doing for us.We are very grateful that you became a monk.
    With bows,
    Scholastica

  2. I love your description of the nun mentally wringing her hands. I could feel her tension and the pressure to write this post quickly.

    Michael

  3. It’s taken me a while to figure out this blogging business. Finally — success! Your entries truly convey a depth of feeling and gratitude that is contagious. I am grateful for your journey and efforts to share it with us.

    Kathleen Kistler

  4. Dear Rev. Master Mugo.

    Thank you for your in the moment reflections of sights and sounds and goings on in your travels. The pictures are wonderful, as well. I am able to get a sense of this immersion you are experiencing.

    Gratitude and congratulations!,

    Kate Schlapfer

  5. Hi

    Its great to get home and catch up with the latest episode of your pilgrim’s progress. Hope the poison in you computer doesn’t impede the rest of the story.

    I would have given anything to see the welcome banner at Taipei airport – must have been quite a sight amongst the coroporate cards held for Coca-Cola execs and the banners for returning honeymooners.

    What a great eye for a good image: I love the temple details and have downloaded the keep-off-the-grass pic to make a print.

    I see you have been ordained for 24 years. Happy Anniversary. Odd how time compresses.

    Enjoy Taiwan – but don’t hold your breath for the rain to stop.

    John

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