Morning bell rang at 4 am. The sky was still dark. We all went into the Dharma Hall at 4:30am for two hours of meditation. Breakfast break was from 6:30 to 8, which followed by another 3 hour of meditation. With dimmed lights and quiet surrounding, I slept my way through the whole morning. And then it came lunch (here is a typical daily schedule).
Breakfast, lunch, and tea were in all-you-can-eat, self-serve style. Because I had been told by a friend who went to this course before that there wouldn’t be much food served during tea time at 5 pm, to play it safe, I ate as much as I could during breakfast and lunch. In fact, I ate too much… and with a stuffed stomach, I couldn’t help but just felt sleepy, kept “fishing”, kept crossing between half-asleep state and half-awake state in most of the meditation sessions during the afternoon.
Even though I was told in advance, yet, I was still a bit surprised when I saw how little food they served in the 5 pm tea time. A bucket of fruits, around 20 of them, some apples, some pears, plus a few cans of beverage mix, and a jar of lemon water… That’s all for the day and there would be no more food till 6:30 the next morning. So, I was actually glad that I had overeaten myself during breakfast and lunch. And since drink was all-you-can-drink, self-serve style, I had two cups of heavy dose of Ovaltine, hoping I could make it through the night with the extra sugar and the vitamins and minerals listed on the Ovaltine can.