When You Hear a Dog Bark

Adventures in Vipassana MeditationRichard Temple

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I am assigned a room in the annex to the men’s quarters by the main gate. It is a long, single-story building with a wooden verandah running along the front from which the rooms, as in a motel, each have their own entrance. The room itself is pleasantly proportioned. Measuring about twelve foot by fifteen, it is not the monastic cell I might have imagined. In one corner is a bed consisting of wooden boards, about eighteen inches from the ground, supporting a thin horsehair mattress. Next to it are a table and chair. The floorboards are covered with woven matting. An electric light hangs from the ceiling and on the table is a half-used packet of candles and a sand-filled enamel dish. I have stayed in many worse places. The previous occupant did a poor job of cleaning up, but that can soon be put right.

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