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Моя подруга Пей делится своими впечатлениями от визита этого  монастыря.
A recent adventure in the wilderness…

 

A few days ago we visited, with Ajahn Varado, the Kalugala forest monastery in the Kalutara District close to the Sinharaja rainforest in the south of Sri Lanka. It’s about two hours drive from the Colombo and quite seriously hidden away from the rest of the world. After driving through the towns of Mathugama and Badureliya, you navigate to a small village called Gurulu Bedda, where you park your car.  It is then an hour’s trek (or more) through the forest and up the hill to the monastery.  If you’re bringing dana or other gifts for the monastery you must carry them with you through the forest and up the hill…

 

To give you another impression, Bhikkhu Nyanatusita’s guide on meditation centres and forest monasteries in Sri Lanka, January 2005 says the following about Kalugala:

“One of the nicest places in Sri Lanka in terms of seclusion and nature.  Remotely situated inside a valley surround by hills. Western bhikkhus have stayed here for long periods. Meditative atmosphere. Friendly monks. Good vinaya. Kutis and caves. Wet, dense forest with many leeches. Moderate temperature... Founded in 1942.”


The drive out of Colombo was very pleasant… the further away you drove, you started noticing changes… in the scenery, energetic vibration and in the people.  Things start to slow right down.  We spoke to a few local people in Mathugama and Badureliya and found them helpful and easeful. When we reached Gurulu Bedda, there was a small little shop where the bus would stop.  We spoke to the owner who was very obliging with information about the area, monastery and also transport links in the area.

 

Before we began our trek, we doused our feet and ankles with dettol.  Apparently dettol is a very strong deterrent for leeches.  Soap will also work, but isn’t as effective.  There are also powders that come in tablet form that can be rubbed on as well. So, armed with ice-cold bottles of water and fully prepared with dettol, we set off for Kalugala.  It was around 11.30am so the midday sun was well on it’s way, and it was humid… this is the hottest time of year in Sri Lanka!

 

However, it was a beautiful climb up the hill… immersed in nature and partially shielded from the sun (the forest grows very much like a rainforest) with sounds of water from the stream down below.  Every so often we’d stop to drink in the sounds of birds and insects, observe the gentle movements of the different butterflies, and catch a glimpse of lizards, snakes, wild boar, and other critters.

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Re: Монастырь Калугала ( Шри-Ланка)
« Ответ #1 : 06 Май 2010 08:28 »

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Re: Монастырь Калугала ( Шри-Ланка)
« Ответ #2 : 06 Май 2010 08:29 »

A group of people (men and women) were also ascending the hill carrying boxes of supplies to prepare dana the following day.  Apparently they would stay the night in the lay accommodation area to enable them to prepare the breakfast and lunch meal the next day. The cheerfully climbed the hill with ease and familiarity.
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« Ответ #3 : 06 Май 2010 08:30 »

After just over an hour’s walk we reached the top of the hill. We made it up leech-free!!! The first building that greets you is where the lay people prepare the food as well as where they are accommodated.  It is also where breakfast is offered to the Sangha in the mornings. We were greeted very hospitably – offered food, drinks and a place to rest after our trek.  We had a little look around before exploring further on.
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« Ответ #4 : 06 Май 2010 08:31 »

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« Ответ #5 : 06 Май 2010 08:32 »

You are free to wander through the monastery… you walk over a narrow bridge to the other side…
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« Ответ #6 : 06 Май 2010 08:33 »

the quiet side…all the paths are well-cleared and swept with care and attention. There were various different Shrines where flowers, incense and oil lamps could be offered.
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« Ответ #7 : 06 Май 2010 08:34 »

And we saw some amazing kutis carved out from the rocks, as well as rocks with pali inscriptions engraved. It felt like a very suitable place to practice, offering a lot of solitude and space.

 
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« Ответ #8 : 06 Май 2010 08:35 »

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« Ответ #9 : 06 Май 2010 08:36 »

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« Ответ #10 : 06 Май 2010 08:37 »

It was very quiet on our visit and we didn’t see any monks till tea time at 4pm around the Reception Sala.  They must have been practicing by their kutis!
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« Ответ #11 : 06 Май 2010 08:38 »

We were lucky to meet the abbot who is well over 80 years old and has been ordained for 50+years. He kindly offered us refreshments which were brought out by lay attendants – sweet tea and biscuits.  And we made an offering to the monastery. The abbot was a gentle character who looked younger than his years. There was a stillness and wakefulness about him. And it was lovely to connect. We asked a few questions about the forest monastery, the practice of the monks and Buddhism.  He replied in gentle tones answering our questions with ease and at the end he gently conveyed the importance of being “very careful” in living out in the world.  I sat quietly mesmerised by the sense of calm and wakefulness that he emitted.  And as we paid respects to leave, he gave a little blessing for us.

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« Ответ #12 : 06 Май 2010 08:39 »

I caught sight of a group of monkeys enjoying a jak fruit…
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« Ответ #13 : 06 Май 2010 08:40 »

a wondrous sight that had to be caught on camera!
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« Ответ #14 : 06 Май 2010 08:41 »

 

A beautiful monastery hidden away from the world where practice is the focus of daily life…
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