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Retreat Update: February 2015

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On Friday 16th January we marked the anniversary of the passing away of our teacher, Venerable Ajahn Chah, with a special puja. Everyone who attended had a chance to participate, making offerings of candles, flowers and incense beautifully prepared by Yom Mame. Luang Por Munindo offered a reflection on The

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Suitably Settled

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Wild weather couldn’t stop Ajahn Abhinando from flying off to Dhammapala Kloster last Friday. Anthony-from-Newcastle, the last of our Winter Retreat Support Team for January, arrived on Friday. The last of our New Year guests departed on Sunday. Luang Por delivered his first Sunday night Dhamma…

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Renewal 2015

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A good crowd of friends were warmly welcomed at the monastery on Wednesday, 31st December, to share in our usual New Year's Eve Forgiveness and Aspiration ritual. Luang Por offered the Dhamma talk on 'Where the Power Lies' and Ajahn Abhinando led the rest of…

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Sanctuary

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At this time of year many Dhamma friends, old and new, seek sanctuary at the monastery, so right now Kusala House is much appreciated. Last Sunday's 'Tea with a Bhikkhu' triggered a particularly stimulating conversation on matters of practice. On Tuesday Kevin-the-electrician was due to change the (previously dangerous) lights…

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Sunrise

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A photo by Gary-from-Beverley, taken at sunrise by the lake, graces the home page of the new website for Aruna Ratanagiri Monastery (Dawn at Jewel Mountain Monastery). Thanks to many hours of generous effort put in by Kris-from-Leeds, with occasional contributions by Luang Por Munindo, www.ratanagiri.org.uk now offers beautiful, smooth…

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Protection

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On Saturday 6th Dec., full-moon day, the bhikkhus' uposathakamma was held early so everyone in the community would be free to join in the Lake Work Day. Once again Penny led the group in doing what needed to be done, this month amongst other things protecting the saplings from deer…

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The Time of Year

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It’s the time of year when leaves are raked, gutters are cleared and gardening tools oiled and stored away. This year it is also the time to call on Nick Pearce’s skills to help in re-roofing behind the kitchen. The covering over the walkway has been leaking for many months…

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Calm Before the Calm

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A quiet week this week at Harnham, but the diary suggests next week could be rather busy. Activity need not denote confusion however, so we look forward to hosting the many guests who have booked in. Meanwhile the resident remaining swan at the lake seems to have settled in with…

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Endings

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Before our friend Herman-from-Holland departed he helped remove the wasp’s nest from Luang Por’s amenity shed. The earlier hostile inhabitants had departed (or terminated) once the temperature had dropped sufficiently. We hope they find somewhere nice for next year, just not here. At the HBM Trust meeting on Saturday a…

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Wood and Gas

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Last Saturday’s Lake Day went well with a lot of work done. Help offered by the (Scottish) Kirriemuir Meditation group was significant. Luang Por offered a Dhamma talk on Saturday evening contemplating the pursuit of happiness. On Sunday Ajahn Abhinando led the Study/Practice group in contemplation and cultivation of Mindfulness…

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