Dignity and calm, January 4, 2013
At the end of the year, Josh and Nimal joined us for another trip to Kurunegala. At Bodhirukharama, Ven. Amilasiri, as always, was welcoming. As anyone who has met him and visited the monastery knows, he does his duty quietly without fuss. He is of that rare sort, determined to carry out whatever he has undertaken without complaint, but with gentle smiles instead.
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Between his return to Australia and our visit to Kurunegala, two of the elderly monks he had helped to feed and bathe passed away. Hin sent us a photo of one of the monks he had spent much time with. He was diabetic and had had a stubborn infection that Hin had carefully dressed, but his leg had had to be amputated in Kurunegala Hospital. Unfortunately, he had survived the operation only for a few days.
Hin expressed his satisfaction with his stay and his hope that more men volunteer to help at Bodhirukarama. He observed that the monks were in need of multivitamins, nutritional supplements, and personal care items. Hin's compassionate service was deeply appreciated, and Ven. Amilasiri expressed his welcome to any who would like to visit and offer their help. Sadhu! Sadhu!! Sadhu!!! for such dedication.
After lunch, we made a donation of dry rations, a fifty-kilo sack of rice, laundry and hand soap, pumpkins, potatoes, biscuits, tea, milk powder, and sugar. We also donated some money from Ira and Shehan from Australia and a commode chair for bedside use. In his anumodana, one of the senior monks, who, happily, is fluent in English and had spent some time in Malaysia teaching meditation, explained that our meritorious donations were being made, in actuality, not just to the monks there at Bodhirukarama right then, but to the Sangha of the past, present, and future. It warmed our hearts to think that that extended all the way back to the earliest Sangha, such as Ven. Sariputta, Ven. Moggallana, and Ven. Ananda. What a happy thought! We certainly wish we could do more, but we are always gladdened whenever we donate to Bodhirukharama, where nothing is ever wasted. We are grateful to be able to contribute to the environment of dignity and calm that pervades the monastery. Caring for the elderly and the sick is noble work.
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