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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.

Tea with a Bhikkhu

On most Sunday evenings at Kusala House, one of the bhikkhus joins the lay guests and visitors for tea and conversation. It is an ideal time to raise questions and discuss interests and concerns about both formal and daily life practice of Dhamma. (N.B. check our calendar for confirmation as this does not usually apply during periods of monastic retreat e.g. January - March).

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.

Practice/Study Days

Practice and study days, led by one of the senior monks, are held periodically at the monastery on Sundays. Please see the calendar for upcoming dates. The days consist of formal meditation sessions, presentations and discussions around the chosen topics. They start at 1:30pm and will go on until about 6pm. No booking is necessary. If you plan to arrive early offerings for the shared 11.30am meal are welcome.

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, 27 May
Wesak Celebration
10:30Paritta Chanting
11:30Midday meal offering
18:30Circumambulation down at the lake
20:00Public Evening Puja - Dhamma talk by Sister Khemaka
Tue, 29 May
Full Moon Day
Vesakha Puja
Sun, 03 Jun
11:15Paritta Chanting
11:30Midday meal offering
17:30Beginners' Meditation Class
19:00Public Evening Puja
Wed, 06 Jun
Waning Moon Day
Sun, 10 Jun
11:15Paritta Chanting
11:30Midday meal offering
19:00Public Evening Puja
Tue, 12 Jun
New Moon Day
Sun, 17 Jun
Birthday - Ajahn Chah
11:15Paritta Chanting
11:30Midday meal offering
19:00Public Evening Puja - 100th birthday of Ajahn Chah - talk by Luang Por Munindo
Wed, 20 Jun
Waxing Moon Day
Sat, 23 Jun
Lake work day
Sun, 24 Jun
11:15Paritta Chanting
11:30Midday meal offering
19:00Public Evening Puja
Wed, 27 Jun
Full Moon Day
Sun, 01 Jul
11:15Paritta Chanting
11:30Midday meal offering
17:30Beginners' Meditation Class
19:00Public Evening Puja
Thu, 05 Jul
Waning Moon Day
Sun, 08 Jul
11:15Paritta Chanting
11:30Midday meal offering
19:00Public Evening Puja
Thu, 12 Jul
New Moon Day
Sat, 14 Jul
Lake work day
Sun, 15 Jul
11:15Paritta Chanting
11:30Midday meal offering
19:00Public Evening Puja
Fri, 20 Jul
Waxing Moon Day
Sun, 22 Jul
11:15Paritta Chanting
11:30Midday meal offering
19:00Public Evening Puja
Fri, 27 Jul
Asalha Puja
Full Moon Day
Sat, 28 Jul
First Day of Vassa
Sun, 29 Jul
11:15Paritta Chanting
11:30Midday meal offering
19:00Public Evening Puja
Sat, 04 Aug
Waning Moon Day
Sun, 05 Aug
11:15Paritta Chanting
11:30Midday meal offering
17:30Beginners' Meditation Class
19:00Public Evening Puja
Sat, 11 Aug
New Moon Day
Sun, 12 Aug
11:15Paritta Chanting
11:30Midday meal offering
19:00Public Evening Puja
Sat, 18 Aug
Lake work day
Sun, 19 Aug
Waxing Moon Day
11:15Paritta Chanting
11:30Midday meal offering
19:00Public Evening Puja