There was a certain area in the pasraman that had long been recognized as a sacred place. People had been visiting this spot for many years to meditate. When I first came there to ask my questions, there were only two simple bamboo shrines. After I had learned for more than a year from Jero Budhi on meditation, I had an accident in the pasraman just after a Sunday meditation class. This misfortunate fall down a flight of stairs could have ended deathly. I was reminded on the fact that death comes without warning. Consequently I decided that the place for “my” temple to be build is at the pasraman and to better start rather soon. With my initial donation and the donations of other students we took up the project.
By 2016 half of the temple had been built, in 2019 a few elements were added. Although not complete, the temple is now “prayable” and ceremonies are held here.
The temple is the closest of all village temples in Bona to the Gunung Agung volcano. Thus, the temple maintains the connection to the holiest place in Bali, Gunung Agung, for the whole village. As the temple priest, Jero Mangku Budhi takes care of balancing the energies. He also holds the traditional ceremonies that are celebrated in each temple during the Balinese Year.
And something that is very important to me, people of all religious faiths are welcome in the temple for prayer, meditation and ceremonies.
Now all that is left is the question of financing the completion.
… but about a healing place for prayer, ceremony and community.
In Bali I experienced wonderful temple ceremonies. The feeling of being flooded and held in the presence of well-meaning energies is one of the most beautiful experiences in my life. It is a coming home, a foretaste of what it could be like to be truly free in spirit.
Since 2019 I have been translating the experience of the temple ceremonies, the experience of praying in the temple, and the experience of freedom gained from spiritual teachings, into images to share with people who are interested in spirituality in Bali. These images are also for those who may wish to bring more peace and serenity into their own lives.