I just thought I would let you know that an officer from the immigration came to Abhayagiri for an inspection. This is very good, because without this visit, they will not let any monks come from other countries and get visas to live at Abhayagiri. So, we can still only wait...but at least something is happening.
The officer was impressed and saw that we have a good monastery. The officer said they had gone to other places and just saw monks watching TV! They said it is hard to explain why they should be allowed to bring-in more monks to that monastery to watch TV. Remember, in the past, maybe 30% or more of religious visa recipients were not legitimate and doing what they were supposed to be doing. Lots of lies and bad conduct make it hard for honest monks in the future.
But like I said, the officer was impressed with us. This is good for you. And in the West, if they are not impressed, they will just tell you directly.
Hope you are well, and Kathina goes well for you there.
-------------------------------------Photography by Khemarattana Bhikkhu