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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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Silent Week

Posted on Fri, 27 Jun 2014

This week, the community is on silent retreat. On Sunday, Luang Por offered his reflections on Reconsidering ...

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Happy Anniversary

Posted on Fri, 20 Jun 2014

Saturday’s lakeside work day helped keep the boardwalk clear of encroaching foliage and the waste areas tidy. Installation of our new windows is complete; we’re very happy with the workmanship. The Sri Lankan Meditation Day and Lay Practice and Study Day both ran smoothly and were appreciated by participants. Ajahn Sawaeng returned from Italy on Monday, ...

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Smiles All Round

Posted on Fri, 13 Jun 2014

Luang Por is on a leave of absence in France, returning Wednesday. We are enjoying some gloriously sunny days. On Sunday, Ajahn Punnyo offered his reflections on Sunyata. Venerable Vinita’s cheerful disposition radiates once more throughout the community following recovering from recent illness; just in time for the Sri Lankan Practice day on Sunday. Anagarika Marc ...

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Renewal

Posted on Fri, 06 Jun 2014

Harnham springs back to life with a particularly busy week. Community members returned from the Sangha Samaggi gathering at Amaravati, absent Ajahn Sawaeng (who is spending time in Italy), but accompanied by Ajahn Achalo, Ajahn Sukhito and Tan Pavaro, all staying at least until Friday. Sunday evening’s puja was particularly well-attended, with Ajahn Abhinando offering a ...

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Cordiality

Posted on Fri, 30 May 2014

The main focus this week is on the Sangha Samaggi Gathering at Amaravati, led by Luang Por Liem, abbot of Wat Pah Pong in Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand. This event is held every three years for all the non-Thai branch monasteries of Ajahn Chah worldwide. Over 100 monastics are gathered at Amaravati, including the current and four ...

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Unstoppable

Posted on Fri, 23 May 2014

A busy few days at Harnham. Saturday was spent preparing for Sunday’s Vesak celebrations, with Luang Por exhorting us in the evening to Simply Listen. On Sunday the Dhamma Hall was packed for the evening’s Vesak celebration, including evening puja and a dhamma talk by Luang Por Tiradhammo, Who’s Up For The Challenge. After making our ...

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Accordance

Posted on Fri, 16 May 2014

Luang Por Tiradhammo led participants in a silent retreat at Kusala House, encouraging a gentler pace of life and fostering quiet reflection, while Venerable Vinita facilitated a practice day for members of the Sri Lankan community. On Sunday evening there was a talk on Knowing the Right Amount. Anagarika Marc has returned from hospital following surgery ...

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