I'm at the thai forest monastery in Wellington, so
I got up at 4.30am, did puja, meditated, and only at breakfast did I remember it is my birthday.
I spent the work period kappying fallen trees, brought down by the heavy snow last night.
one of the monks couldn't get to his hut last night due to the snow, and the track being blocked by fallen trees, and had to sleep on the floor of the monastery office.
The monks chanted for me at lunch, that was nice, but Ajahn said it only works if you believe it has an effect. He winked at me secretly, as if to imply that he didn't believe it worked either.
saturated with joy,
you will put an end to suffering and stress.