In his third week in sunny Sri Lanka, Alex is really settling in now!
“Monday saw the arrival of Rajitha and her husband, Chandranath – they are instructors of Buddhism. They are keen to teach deaf people around the world about pure Buddhism. Along with other deaf volunteers and an interpreter, we all had a big discussion about how this can be presented in various sign languages across the world for Rajitha’s website to be broadcasted online. In the evening, I visited the deaf family I stayed with last year, it was lovely to see them all again and had a huge catch up. The youngest one has shot up, started walking and already learnt simple Sri Lankan sign language.
On Wednesday, I signed the British Sign Language version of the pure Buddhism teachings for their website – another word for this is Nirvana Dhamma – http://www.nirvanadhamma.com/en.
On Friday morning, Kasun, other members of the deaf organisation and I visited a mainstream school in Weligama to discuss the donated hearing aids project. There is young deaf boy at the school who is in desperate need of one, we made plans to meet him next week and arrange a hearing aid to be fitted on him. I then visited Rohana Specialist School again to talk arrangements of my teaching after the Sinhala and Tamil New Year and saw the kids off for their holidays.
At the weekend, I hit the waves and soaked up the rays at the beach resorts of Unawatuna and Mirissa. Saturday evening was a blast – there was a huge concert by the beach next to the bus stand in Matara town. The band on the stage were playing loud heavy metal music and shaking their hair everywhere – there was a thunderstorm at the same time so it was raining the whole time. It was hilarious dancing in the rain with Kasun and everyone (and an umbrella!).”