Over the retreat a few monks and several church members and pilgrims went for a hike up in the mountains. To get there one must drive to the other side of the island, then take a long and windy road up the mountain. The group first stopped to see Waimea Canyon and then headed for the trail. They decided to hike one of our favorites, the Berry Flat trail. As its name suggests, it is covered in a variety of edibles such as blackberries, guavas and wild passion fruit, the trail is also a restively relaxed venture. One of the monks loves to take pictures of the many varieties of mushrooms on our diverse little island, and as as you'll see he found some rare ones.
After being delayed by stormy weather a few days ago, the flag was risen this morning to mark the beginning of Moksha Ritau. Bodhinatha lowered the previous flag and replaced it with the coral pink one of this new season. Today's observance was accompanied by the morning's rain and a soft sunrise.
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