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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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Perhaps

Posted on Fri, 12 Sep 2014

Stone seat. The week began with Ven. Vinita leading 30 people on a Sri Lankan Practice Day studying The Four Foundations of Mindfulness and Ajahn Abhinando leading 40 people on a Bolam Lake Walk Day. In the evening Luang Por Munindo gave his monthly talk, this time on Sincerity in Practice. Monday was a full-moon day ...

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Wise Contentment

Posted on Fri, 05 Sep 2014

Ajahn Puñño. Not much is happening at Harnham this week, except Ajahn Punnyo leading a 6 day retreat. The rest of the sangha are similarly on retreat. There might be some internal work happening though since the pursuit of wise contentment – c.f. foolish contentment – is far from a picnic. A couple of house martins ...

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Kindness

Posted on Fri, 29 Aug 2014

Paul-from-Germany. The Study/Practice Day led last Sunday by Ajahn Abhinando, was on the theme of kindness. Thanks to the kindness of many good friends last Saturday, great progress was made on the nesting island (there is still a way to go). Venerable Vinita’s talk on Sunday evening was, in part at least, on the theme of ...

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Maintaining Standards

Posted on Fri, 22 Aug 2014

The weekend of 16th-17th was busy with lots of guests, including our good friends from the Leeds Group. Luang Por gave a talk on Saturday night called Formal and Daily-life Practice discussing how the benefits of sitting meditation might integrate into everyday activity. Ajahn Abhinando gave a talk on Sunday night about Samadhi and Vipassana. Monday ...

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