We are getting quite excited now - the departure date is 12 February, spending one night in Bangkok catching up with some of my thai and farang friends - hopefully RobertK among them, then on to Bodhgaya. We will be accompanied by Bhante Dhammasiha and Bhante Paramito -and then leaving Bhante Paramito in Thailand on the way home from India.
I've been a few times to the Four Holy Sites before, but never with such a teacher, well-versed in the Dhamma-Vinaya and accomplished in Pali. And this time there are only 26 of us instead of the usual four busloads when I go with my Thai friends. Additionally, after spending two weeks in India and Nepal at various sites from the Buddha's life, we are spending an additional week in Bodhgaya with some all night meditation sessions planned.
I've been having all my injections - as you know, Australia is one of the few countries in the world completely free of rabies - so ... five rabies injections later, plus all the other immunisations, I feel I could glow in the dark.
We are hoping to record Bhante's DhammaTalks ... though a more technologically-illiterate group would be hard to find.
Wish you were coming with us Sung ... you are missed