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New Moon and Full Moon Days

New Moon and Full Moon Days are usually quiet days at this monastery. Typically this means residents and guests are free to structure the day as they find useful: formal meditation, reading, going for walks. Normally there are no group work projects nor the usual morning and evening chanting. Meal times are as usual.

Paritta Chanting

The sangha regularly recites the traditional ‘Blessing Chants’ each Sunday before the meal. All are welcome to join in.

Beginners’ Meditation Class

Usually on each first Sunday of the month instruction is given for those new to meditation. There is no need to book in advance and all teachings are freely given led by Dr. Adrian Bint. The class takes place in the Shrine room at Kusala House (Guest House) and is followed by Evening Puja with the monastic community in the Main Dhamma Hall for those who wish to participate.

Lake Work Day

One Saturday each month, from April through to December, is booked into our calendar for focusing on working down at the lake. It is a community project with resident monastic sangha, lay guests and visitors taking part. Usually it begins at 8.30 am with a break for the shared meal around 11am. Afternoon work goes from about 1pm to 4 pm, depending on weather and time of year. All welcome to participate. It is good to bring wellington boots and suitable clothing.

Silent Practice Weeks

Several periods throughout the year are dedicated to cultivating noble silence at the monastery. These times are set aside specifically to help us remember that the inner work is the priority. It does not mean absolutely nobody will speak whatever the circumstance, though we do hope visitors will tune into the spirit of our commitment and support the silence.

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Fri, 19 Apr
Lay Retreat at Kusala House
Full Moon
Sat, 20 Apr
Lay Retreat at Kusala House
Sun, 21 Apr
Lay Retreat at Kusala House
11:30Midday meal offering
19:00Public Evn. Puja
Sat, 27 Apr
Waning Moon
Sun, 28 Apr
11:30Midday meal offering
19:00Public Evn. Puja
Fri, 03 May
New Moon
Sun, 05 May
11:30Midday meal offering
17:30Beginners' Meditation Class
Mon, 06 May
Silent Monastic Retreat Week
Tue, 07 May
Silent Monastic Retreat Week
Wed, 08 May
Silent Monastic Retreat Week
Thu, 09 May
Silent Monastic Retreat Week
Fri, 10 May
Silent Monastic Retreat Week
Sat, 11 May
Silent Monastic Retreat Week
Waxing Moon
Sun, 12 May
Silent Monastic Retreat Week
11:30Midday meal offering
19:00Public Evn. Puja
Sat, 18 May
Full Moon
Visākha Pūjā
Sun, 19 May
Wesak Celebration
11:15Paritta Chanting
13:30Samanera Sucinno Pabbajja Precepts
19:00Public Evn. Puja
Sun, 26 May
Waning Moon
11:15Paritta Chanting
17:30Q&A with a community resident
Sat, 01 Jun
Lakeside work day
Sun, 02 Jun
11:15Paritta Chanting
17:30Q&A with a community resident
19:00Public Evn. Puja
Sat, 08 Jun
Silent Retreat led by Ajahn Vimalo
Sun, 09 Jun
Silent Retreat led by Ajahn Vimalo
11:15Paritta Chanting
17:30Q&A with a community resident
Mon, 10 Jun
Silent Retreat led by Ajahn Vimalo
Waxing Moon
Tue, 11 Jun
Silent Retreat led by Ajahn Vimalo
Wed, 12 Jun
Silent Retreat led by Ajahn Vimalo
Thu, 13 Jun
Silent Retreat led by Ajahn Vimalo
Fri, 14 Jun
Silent Retreat led by Ajahn Vimalo
Sat, 15 Jun
Silent Retreat led by Ajahn Vimalo
Sun, 16 Jun
11:15Paritta Chanting
17:30Q&A with a community resident
Mon, 17 Jun
Full Moon
Birthday - Ajahn Chah
Sun, 23 Jun
11:15Paritta Chanting
17:30Q&A with a community resident
Tue, 25 Jun
Waning Moon
Sun, 30 Jun
11:15Paritta Chanting
17:30Q&A with a community resident
Mon, 01 Jul
New Moon
Sat, 06 Jul
Lakeside work day
Sun, 07 Jul
11:30Midday meal offering
17:30Beginners' Meditation Class
Tue, 09 Jul
Waxing Moon
Sun, 14 Jul
11:15Paritta Chanting
17:30Q&A with a community resident
Tue, 16 Jul
Full Moon
Āsāḷha Pūjā
Wed, 17 Jul
First day of Vassa