In ancient India, these summer months of the Vassa or ‘rains’ retreat were typically a season of monsoons. That was not to be this year in our corner of eastern Ontario. The drought conditions that prevailed until this week finally gave way to abundant rains. We have also been blessed by visits from local wildlife who graze under the fruit-laden apple trees during our daily studies of the monastic code of discipline.
As mendicant nuns following the alms-giving tradition established by the Buddha 2600 years ago, we rely completely on food offerings for our daily meal which we eat at 11 am. Our dependence on the kindness of the lay community creates a reciprocity of shared commitment to spiritual awakening.
If you would like to offer a meal, please let us know. You will be most welcome.