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Bhante Joe Atulo

3 weeks 5 days ago

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.

Bhante Joe Atulo

4 weeks 1 day ago

In early December, myself and Samanera Chandrajoti headed out on a short carika. We started at Bhaddeka Vihari and went to the Nayigala Kuti.

Bhante Joe Atulo

1 month 3 days ago

Morning in the Pilikuttuwa Forest

Bhante Joe Atulo

1 month 3 days ago

Fairly Accurate Weather App In Sri Lanka, weather can be difficult to predict. The country is mountainous. The climate can change quickly as one travels. Have tried out several different apps. Over time have found that 'The Weather Channel's app seems to give reasonably reliable forecasts. Passing along for my

Bhante Joe Atulo

1 month 3 days ago

Headed back to the Pilikuttuwa forest after a visa run in Colombo. My old traveling companion, Venerable Pasado stopped by for a visit. He had been on carika for most of the year. So, it had been about six months since we met. We both camped out on the rocks.

Bhante Joe Atulo

1 month 3 days ago

In Sri Lanka, the weather is often clear before noon. This is the case even during the rainy season. Myself and another monk headed out for a short carika. We went from Bhaddeka Vihari to the Pabbata Kuti. There is an ancient path leading down the mountain from Kuragala.

Bhante Joe Atulo

1 month 3 days ago

Shortly after the vassa period, it started to rain heavily. During one of the breaks, was able to head up for a night on the rock above the kuti. A wonderful opportunity.

Bhante Joe Atulo

1 month 3 days ago

The second rocket stove model was made from rocks and mud. The inner and outer walls were made of stone. The middle portion was filled with mud. The stove was much more efficient than a normal one. Was able to heat water using small sticks. The stove worked, even if

Bhante Joe Atulo

1 month 4 days ago

Senaka Mahatthaya is the main 'dayaka | supporter' of the Pabbata Kuti. He and a friend decided to rebuild this ancient Sangha dwelling about 20 years ago. He came by to help me build an updated rocket stove out of rocks and mud.

Bhante Joe Atulo

1 month 4 days ago

Towards the end of my stay at the Pabbata Kuti, I began to experiment with 'rocket stoves'. These are high-efficiency stoves. One can boil water using just twigs They work in part by insulating the fire chamber. This one was built from three tin cans. YouTube has many videos showing