Saturday, July 09, 2005

Wat Songdhammakalyani

16 June 2005

I cannot begin to describe how amazing an opportunity I have--this place is really something else, and it is a little unbelievable to think that I will be living here for almost 2 weeks. I am staying in a little room in one of the guesthouses, and it is very simple, but nice. My bed is little and wooden, with just a thin little comforter on top. The heat inside the room is almost oppressive, but with the fan going strong, the breeze is quite nice. This is such a warm and friendly environment, and I am eager to be surrounded by the women staying here.

Evening chants at 7:00, followed by meditation and group chat--feet are asleep, knees sore. The collective voices of the women are beautiful and I am honored to let my own sound blend in with theirs. Each woman takes turns leading each chant for the evening and morning sessions--this simple act of giving them voice is so powerful. This is empowerment, this is authority. And it is incredible that I am here to learn from it. Something really special is being made here, something that is changing the concept of "sangha" and traditional Buddhism.

Bedtime comes at 8:30, and I am happy to be falling asleep--tomorrow will be another full day.


Blogger Sarah said...


I am just sifting throught the internet and came across your blog. Its great to see western women interested.

I am wondering if you are still studying on the topic of women and Buddhism in Thailand.

I just returned from a study abroad trip and am returning to teach.

I orginally went to thailand for the Buddhism and have a strong interest in the role of women in Thai Buddhism.

May think about focusing in on it for graduate work.

Im curious to know if you pursued this further!

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