Explore Buddhist Life and Philosophy at a Kandy Temple
This morning, clad in white and with eager expectations, you head towards Wavinna, a little village on the outskirts of Kandy, where day-to-day life goes on at a much slower pace.
Here you meet the chief monk of the village temple who will give you some insight into the philosophy of Buddhism, which has been and will continue to be, a vital, influencing factor on Sri Lankan culture and society at large.
To become a monk, as in the past, children enter the temple as novices where they learn to sacrifice their social life to preach, guide and lead the local people along the path that Lord Buddha advised, so long ago.
You will get the opportunity to engage in a conversation with one of the monks on Buddhism, and if you are interested in delving deeper, you can also experience a brief meditation session on the temple grounds.
The thinking behind this experience is not to preach to you the path of enlightenment, or to persuade you to give up your worldly belongings, but instead, to provide a little insight into the philosophy of Buddhism – something to reflect upon and perhaps influence the way you see certain aspects of life.
A donation to the temple will already have been made on your behalf as part of your visit; however, we would like to recommend that you wear white or light-colored clothes as a sign of respect. For the ladies, it is recommended that you cover your shoulders, and skirts should be knee-length.
For more information on this experience and other experiences in and around Kandy, please email us at [email protected].