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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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Sun, 17 Nov
10:45Paritta Chanting
11:00Midday meal offering
17:00Q&A with a community resident
19:00Public Evn. Puja
Tue, 19 Nov
Waning Moon
Sun, 24 Nov
10:45Paritta Chanting
11:00Midday meal offering
17:00Q&A with a community resident
19:00Public Evn. Puja
Mon, 25 Nov
Silent Monastic Retreat Week
Tue, 26 Nov
Silent Monastic Retreat Week
New Moon
Wed, 27 Nov
Silent Monastic Retreat Week
Thu, 28 Nov
Silent Monastic Retreat Week
Fri, 29 Nov
Silent Monastic Retreat Week
Sat, 30 Nov
Silent Monastic Retreat Week
Sun, 01 Dec
10:45Paritta Chanting
11:00Midday meal offering
17:00Q&A with a community resident
17:30Beginners' Meditation Class
19:00Public Evn. Puja
Tue, 03 Dec
The resident community will be away for the mid-day meal
Wed, 04 Dec
Waxing Moon
Sat, 07 Dec
Garden & Lakeside work day
Sun, 08 Dec
10:45Paritta Chanting
11:00Midday meal offering
17:00Q&A with a community resident
19:00Public Evn. Puja
Wed, 11 Dec
Full Moon
Sun, 15 Dec
10:45Paritta Chanting
11:00Midday meal offering
17:00Q&A with a community resident
19:00Public Evn. Puja
Thu, 19 Dec
Waning Moon
Sun, 22 Dec
10:45Paritta Chanting
11:00Midday meal offering
17:00Q&A with a community resident
19:00Public Evn. Puja
Wed, 25 Dec
New Moon
Sun, 29 Dec
10:45Paritta Chanting
11:00Midday meal offering
17:00Q&A with a community resident
19:00Public Evn. Puja
Tue, 31 Dec
19:00Meditation and Chanting with Dhamma talk and Forgiveness and Aspiration ceremony
Wed, 01 Jan
15:00Public New Years' Gathering (see announcement)
Thu, 02 Jan
Waxing Moon
Sun, 05 Jan
10:45Paritta Chanting
11:00Midday meal offering
17:00Q&A with a community resident
17:30Beginners' Meditation Class
19:00Public Evn. Puja
Thu, 09 Jan
Full Moon
Sun, 12 Jan
10:45Paritta Chanting
11:00Midday meal offering
17:00Q&A with a community resident
19:00Public Evn. Puja
Thu, 16 Jan
Ajahn Chah memorial Day
Fri, 17 Jan
Waning Moon
Sun, 19 Jan
10:45Paritta Chanting
11:00Midday meal offering
17:00Q&A with a community resident
19:00Public Evn. Puja
Fri, 24 Jan
New Moon
Sun, 26 Jan
10:45Paritta Chanting
11:00Midday meal offering
17:00Q&A with a community resident
19:00Public Evn. Puja
Sat, 01 Feb
Waxing Moon
Sun, 02 Feb
10:45Paritta Chanting
11:00Midday meal offering
17:00Q&A with a community resident
17:30Beginners' Meditation Class
19:00Public Evn. Puja
Sat, 08 Feb
Full Moon
Māgha Pūjā
Sun, 09 Feb
10:45Paritta Chanting
11:00Midday meal offering
17:00Q&A with a community resident
19:00Public Evn. Puja