|Statue of the Buddha Seated Under the Bodhi Tree|
- I went to the Temple, for the first time since Covid-19 became part of our everyday vocabulary!
|The Stupa (also known as Chaithya or Dagaba)|
A repository for relics
I called the chief monk at the Temple in the afternoon and asked if it I could stop by a little later in the afternoon and I was told, "Yes, certainly". Unlike at a Church, there are no set hours of daily services, although there is usually a daily offering of flowers and lighting of candles in the evening. If anyone is there at the Temple in the evening, then, they participate in that and the monks chant blessings. But I didn't want to go to the Temple when there were others as I want to minimize my risks of exposure. I had chosen a good time to go, today, as there was no one else at the Temple. I paid my respects at the outdoor shrine which features the statue of the Buddha seated under the bodhi tree and then, the chief monk invited me into the prayer hall which also features another statue of the Buddha and he chanted blessings for me. I gave him the English-Sinhala dictionary that I set aside to give to the Temple and the donations I had brought with me. This visit to the Temple was something I had been wanting to do for some time, now, and I was happy that I was able to go, today.
- Friend R had lunch delivered to me, once again!
|Lunch Plus - Compliments of Friend R|
Shrimp Fried Rice, Garlic Chicken, Plain Fried Rice and Thai Pepper Beef
I told her it was too much, but, she said to have it for dinner, too! Not only did I have it for both lunch and dinner, I have enough leftovers for several more lunches and dinners!
|New Sweatpants (2 pairs) and Sweatshirts (3)|
We planted it in the front garden, in a bare spot among the other, more sprawling asparagus ferns. I hope it will grow as well as the other asparagus ferns are growing.
|Buttercream Birthday Cake|
It tasted just like what the label said! Like frozen buttercream frosting!