After dropping me off, the taxi driver insisted I give him a Euro tip, I told him he was unbelievable, & instead gave him a 35 Rs tip which I was then told I shouldn’t have done as it was entirely pre-paid. The monk at Kopan reception confirmed my room & checked me in just as the rain started pouring down. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of my room; mind you, I did book a deluxe room with aircon & bathroom. The room overlooks the Kathmandu Valley, is surrounded by trees with birds singing, & is near enough to the main Gompa that 3-4 times a day I hear the monks chanting prayers with their symbols & trumpets. And I can vaguely hear noises from life down in the valley, particularly some kind of Hindu celebration going on.
So, I’ve got 7 nights here, wished I’d booked longer as the 8 nights in Thamel definitely won’t be as peaceful. The food isn’t anything to write home about, but it’s veg & sustainable, & I’m finding the simplicity of it quite pleasant. I figure it’s a great time to do some further enquiry on the personal insights that have been coming up over the past few weeks. There’s a library on hand, & a 10am daily meditation practice & Dharma talk which will help the process of going deeper. I took advantage of the offer from the teacher to discuss my practice & the insights & issues that were rising to the surface, & was pleased to learn it’s all normal & progressing (i.e. I’m not going mad). And, with plenty of time on my hands now, I’m immersing myself in Dharma books.