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Endings

Posted on Thu, 20 Nov 2014

Before our friend Herman-from-Holland departed he helped remove the wasp’s nest from Luang Por’s amenity shed. The earlier hostile inhabitants had departed (or terminated) once the temperature had dropped sufficiently. We hope they find somewhere nice for next year, just not here. At the HBM Trust meeting on Saturday a decision was taken to stop producing ...

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Wood and Gas

Posted on Fri, 14 Nov 2014

Last Saturday’s Lake Day went well with a lot of work done. Help offered by the (Scottish) Kirriemuir Meditation group was significant. Luang Por offered a Dhamma talk on Saturday evening contemplating the pursuit of happiness. On Sunday Ajahn Abhinando led the Study/Practice group in contemplation and cultivation of Mindfulness. We are already well into ‘the ...

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Farewells

Posted on Fri, 07 Nov 2014

Ajahn Punnyo and Anagarika Marcin got snarled in traffic in Newcastle on Saturday and missed their train, so were absent from the Amaravati Kathina on Sunday. Luang Por Sumedho arrived though from Thailand, as expected, to join in the event. Luang Por Munindo spoke on the theme of Universal Truths at our Sunday evening puja. Ajahn ...

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New Abbot at Chithurst

Posted on Fri, 31 Oct 2014

Abbot Karuniko Last weekend several of the Harnham sangha joined in the Kathina at Chithurst monastery which included appointing Ajahn Karuniko as the new abbot there. After 22 years Luang Por Sucitto has stepped down and is now preparing for a year sabbatical, starting in New Zealand. This weekend Ajahn Punnyo will go with Anagarika Marcin ...

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Gratitude

Posted on Fri, 24 Oct 2014

Harnham Kathina As expected, many good friends from our sister monasteries joined us for the annual Kathina on Sunday. Similarly, many good friends from the extended lay communities also joined us – over 300. As was not expected, the forecast rain didn’t appear. Luang Por Tiradhammo expressed his gratitude for the evident generosity by offering a ...

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Jenny in the Garden with Secaters

Posted on Fri, 17 Oct 2014

Jenny in the Garden with Secaters Field mice sense the approaching winter and are trying to move into the house; we are trying to keep them out (compassionately). Luang Por Tiradhammo arrived on Tuesday and we are delighted that he can be with us right through until Saturday 26th October. Jenny-from-Leeds has been here this week ...

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Walking Meditation

Posted on Thu, 09 Oct 2014

Walking Meditation The previous week was the last Silent Practice Week of this year’s Rains Retreat. Not much happened; a bit of walking meditation, perhaps some chanting practice (exempted from the silence rule), some fasting. Ex-Kovido turned up part way through the week and wasn’t phased with people ignoring him. Giovanni Caianello, as he is now, ...

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Transition

Posted on Wed, 01 Oct 2014

The MacGregors. Last week the 4 Ajahns accepted an invitation to dana at the McGregor’s place, The Sneep. On the weekend Ajahn Sawaeng led a meditation retreat in the Thai language. Thursday saw our good friend and wonderfully helpful Yom Yoo depart (as her visa required) and another good friend Giovanni (previously Kovido) arrive. This weekend ...

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Autumn Light

Posted on Fri, 26 Sep 2014

Saturday 20th September was a community Lake Work Day and considerable progress was made on the island. It is now fully visible above the surface of the water. In the late afternoon Ajahn Abhinando returned from the group meeting in Leeds and in the evening Luang Por Munindo offered a Dhamma talk on Happiness Guaranteed. At ...

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Gently

Posted on Fri, 19 Sep 2014

Luang Por Sucitto Luang Por Sucitto gently guided our guests on an inspiring weekend retreat, encouraging a sensitive and sensible approach to practice. Penny offered him and three other Ajahns a picnic on Monday in the gently undulating hill of Cumbria. On Tuesday Tony Pringle came to fix the longstanding Dhamma Hall heating matter and the ...

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