Ashvajit, Sangharaskhita’s secretary, writes with his usual ‘round-up’ of his latest news, saying - “There has been a slight improvement in Bhante’s sleep pattern this month, so that he is less likely to feel tired in the afternoon and evening.
Recently we have had some fine autumn days here at Adhisthana and Bhante has been able to get out into the surrounding countryside with Paramartha on a few occasions. Trees are no longer various shades of green, and there are many fallen leaves. One weekend this month, Adhisthana had a full house, so to speak, with more than a hundred men attending the Men’s Area Order Weekend. Bhante was able to spend half an hour with Subhuti who had given a talk on the event, and who was about to leave for a week in Hungary. Others who have met Bhante during this month have been Karunamaya, Nagabodhi and Mangala.
Bhante was happy to receive from Nityabandhu a couple of copies of the Polish translation of A Guide to the Buddhist Path, to hear the reportings-in in the November issue of Shabda, and to receive a little scattering of emails, letters and letter-cards.
Bhante’s farthest excursion from base since his arrival at Adhisthana occurred recently. This was to Worcester Hospital Ophthalmology department. The specialist determined that Bhante’s vision was stable, and that he need not visit for another year.