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The Koskandawala rock is close to the Pilikuttuwa forest. Some young fellows showed me the way to the rock. At the base of the rock, there was a rope attached to something on the ledge above. The bottom of the rope was perhaps two meters from the ground. Years ago,
Morning time in the Pilikuttuwa/ Yongamulla forest. Near the forest is a large rock, which is heated often heated by the sun. If one spreads a reflective blanket over the rock at dusk, it retains most of its heat during the night. A very nice way to spend the night.
Shortly after arriving at Pilikuttuwa, I had the wonderful opportunity to head to Arankele with a senior monk. Arankele is one of the best restored Pamsukulika monasteries that have seen. There is a beautiful cave which was said to be inhabited by the Sinhalese arahant Maliyadeva. A very inspiring place.
After Ven. Jinakusala's ordination, I eventually made my way up to Pothgulgala Aranya. Here, I met Ven. Suhajjo from Abhayagiri as well as Ven. Pasado. We headed out for a two day carika. After the carika, I took the train to the Pilikuttuwa area. Vens. Suhajjo and Pasado made their
At the Nayigala Kuti, came across the 'Kelly Kettle's. This was the most efficiently way to boil water that have seen so far. Using twigs, one can boil a large volume of water in under ten minutes. Wonderful for monks living in solitary kutis who need to make medicine.