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Jenny in the Garden with Secaters

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Field mice sense the approaching winter and are trying to move into the house; we are trying to keep them out (compassionately). Luang Por Tiradhammo arrived on Tuesday and we are delighted that he can be with us right through until Saturday 26th October. Jenny-from-Leeds has been here this week…

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walking meditation

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Walking Meditation

The previous week was the last Silent Practice Week of this year’s Rains Retreat. Not much happened; a bit of walking meditation, perhaps some chanting practice (exempted from the silence rule), some fasting. Ex-Kovido turned up part way through the week and wasn’t phased with people…

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The MacGregors.

Last week the 4 Ajahns accepted an invitation to dana at the McGregor’s place, The Sneep. On the weekend Ajahn Sawaeng led a meditation retreat in the Thai language. Thursday saw our good friend and wonderfully helpful Yom Yoo depart (as her visa required) and another…

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Autumn Light

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Saturday 20th September was a community Lake Work Day and considerable progress was made on the island. It is now fully visible above the surface of the water. In the late afternoon Ajahn Abhinando returned from the group meeting in Leeds and in the evening Luang Por Munindo offered a…

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Stone seat.

The week began with Ven. Vinita leading 30 people on a Sri Lankan Practice Day studying The Four Foundations of Mindfulness and Ajahn Abhinando leading 40 people on a Bolam Lake Walk Day. In the evening Luang Por Munindo gave his monthly talk, this time on Sincerity…

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Wise Contentment

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Ajahn Puñño.

Not much is happening at Harnham this week, except Ajahn Punnyo leading a 6 day retreat. The rest of the sangha are similarly on retreat. There might be some internal work happening though since the pursuit of wise contentment – c.f. foolish contentment – is far from…

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Kindness

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The Study/Practice Day led last Sunday by Ajahn Abhinando, was on the theme of kindness. Thanks to the kindness of many good friends last Saturday, great progress was made on the nesting island (there is still a way to go). Venerable Vinita’s talk on Sunday evening was, in…

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Maintaining Standards

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The weekend of 16th-17th was busy with lots of guests, including our good friends from the Leeds Group. Luang Por gave a talk on Saturday night called Formal and Daily-life Practice discussing how the benefits of sitting meditation might integrate into everyday activity. Ajahn Abhinando gave a talk on Sunday…

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Summer retreat

Summertime

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​Recently there’s been a bit of a sense of the Europeans taking over. Ajahn Abhinando’s mother arrived from Germany on Monday accompanied by Onkel Fred. Professor Mariscotti (Cesare) arrived on Tuesday, also another Italian, Luca. Giovanni (from Santacittarama) has confirmed his booking to​ ​arrive at the beginning of October and…

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Loveliness

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Last week most of us had a chance to enjoy the company of good sangha friends at Amaravati on the occasion of Luang Por Sumedho’s 80th birthday. This week, the spell of pleasantly warm and sunny weather continues; perfect conditions for some to take a dip in the lake as…

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