Does this look like a Buddhist Meditation Center to you?
Well, it didn’t look like it to me either, especially after being at so many different Buddhist monasteries and temples in countries like Taiwan, Japan, and Thailand, just to name a few.
That probably is because this place used to be a hotel, and they turned it into a Kadampa Meditation Center some years ago —I’m so glad they have kept the pool!!! XD
I went to the Center to help in the kitchen after completing my first Helpx experience in Alozaina.
But first, I stopped by the beach in Málaga and took a stroll along the coast.
I love this city, it’s one of my favorites in Spain.
It was overcast, which is great for me and my skin —as much as I enjoy the beach and the sea, I can’t really be under the sun for more than five minutes.
Besides the beach, one of my favorites places in Málaga -and in any town or city I visit- is the market. I have to go there even when I don’t need to buy anything.
I love the vibe it has, the colors, the fresh produce smells, and the things you get to try!!!
After doing my regular round in Málaga, I headed to Alhaurín El Grande, where the Kadampa Center is located.
I stayed there for three weeks.
And they can be basically summed up with this photo.
I spent most of my time in that kitchen cooking for different numbers of diners and working along with an amazing team of people who I built beautiful memories with (inside and outside the kitchen).
I have no pictures with them because I’m a strong believer that the best moments you share with others are not the ones you capture in images.
What I do have, are pictures of some of the meals we prepared.
A couple of times I went to the beaches around Málaga too.
This is Torre del Mar.
And this one is from El Palo, one of my favorite swimming areas in Málaga (even after someone stole my sunglasses there).
Hence this selfie without sunglasses…
That day I decided to walk back to Málaga from El Palo. It’s a beautiful walk and I’ve already done it a couple of times. I totally recommend it!
Back at the Center, I also worked the morning shifts during one of the summer meditation retreats.
This was the setup we had to prepare while people were meditating at the temple.
And we had to guard the yogurt against this cute kitty that would try to climb up the table.
Another duty consisted in changing the offerings at the temple.
It was interesting to learn the meaning of each of those bowls and the whole procedure. While you do it, you come to experience how important is to be in the present moment.
From left to right: water for drinking, water for washing, flowers, incense, light, perfumes, and food.
Eventually, my time at the Center came to an end. Packed up my stuff, and headed towards the bus stop to go to Málaga again.
Back in Málaga, I had some time before taking the bus to Madrid so I visited the Mirador de Gibralfaro, which is a wonderful (and FREE!) thing to do. Don’t miss it on your next visit!