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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 swallows seem ...

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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] (http://ratanagiri.org.uk/talks/ajahn-munindo/2014/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. ...

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Summertime

Posted on Fri, 15 Aug 2014

​Recently there’s been a bit of a sense of the Europeans taking over. Ajahn Abhinando’s mother arrived from Germany on Monday accompanied by Onkel Fred. Professor Mariscotti (Cesare) arrived on Tuesday, also another Italian, Luca. Giovanni (from Santacittarama) has confirmed his booking to​ ​arrive at the beginning of October and be here for the Winter Retreat ...

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Loveliness

Posted on Fri, 01 Aug 2014

Last week most of us had a chance to enjoy the company of good sangha friends at Amaravati on the occasion of Luang Por Sumedho’s 80th birthday. This week, the spell of pleasantly warm and sunny weather continues; perfect conditions for some to take a dip in the lake as we start forming the nesting island. ...

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Things Are Going Swimmingly

Posted on Fri, 25 Jul 2014

Most of the community travelled to Amaravati this week to mark Luang Por Sumedho’s 80th birthday. Yom Yoo, Anagarika Marchin, Bram and Paul are all still here. We are delighted to welcome back Reverend Rinchin on Sunday for a visit. Rev. Rinchin belongs to a Tibetan lineage and is a long-time friend of the monastery. We ...

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An Island

Posted on Fri, 11 Jul 2014

Lay friends joined the community on Saturday in filling up concrete bags for sinking in the lake to form the foundation for the nesting island; good turnout, great weather and high spirits. Luang Por offered his reflections on ‘Practice Below The Radar’ during puja on Sunday considering the consequences of getting lost in enthusiasm. Lake work ...

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Transitions

Posted on Fri, 04 Jul 2014

Last week’s silent retreat offered the community a chance to consolidate practice. This week, we welcome back Tan Ariyo, who asked to mark completion of his Navaka training by spending his 5th vassa here. Anagarika Marchin, originally from Poland, will accompany Tan Ariyo from Amaravati to take up residence, at least for the vassa. We are ...

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