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Uplifting

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This past week, the delightful presence of our dear Dhamma friend, Ajahn Nyanarato, with his uplifting and eloquent teachings, has been a real gift. We are sincerely grateful for his visit. There was a very full house, as was to be expected for this retreat. Also, as…

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Markings

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The sangha at Aruna Ratanagiri marked Ajahn Chah's birthday with puja on Wednesday evening, 17th June. On Sunday 21st June they marked Luang Por Munindo's 39th bhikkhu ordination anniversary. Luang Por gave a Dhamma talk at puja on Saturday evening called,  'Escaping this

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Apparent Reality

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Anagarika Giovanni has been refining his already considerable carpentry skills as he repairs the gable at Kusala House. From the outside all had appeared solid and stable, but inside it was quite rotten. Our kind and helpful groundsman, Nick Pearce, has…

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Blue Sky

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Luang Por Munindo is away this week on his sojourn with Mark, taking in Wales and the West Country, with a stop-off for several days at Cittaviveka Monastery in West Sussex. Meanwhile Ajahn Abhinando is at the helm. On Sunday evening he shared some reflections…

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Summer Dhamma

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Twelve ardent meditators attended Ajahn Kalyano's retreat; our good friend Cesare-from-Milano came to visit (after a long absence); Ajahn Abhinando traveled away to the meditation groups in Edinburgh and Glasgow and the Kusala House Waste Water system crashed. The sun shone, the rain fell, we've…

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Silent Sitting

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Very little to report this week as most are practising in silence. The Canadian goose nesting near the boardwalk is not altogether silent, but she is spending a lot of time sitting. Ajahn Kalyano joined us last Thursday from Amaravati and is currently leading the

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An Even Greener Harnham

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The combination of wild rain (in the morning) and warming sunshine (in the afternoon) made for a dynamic Lake Work Day last Saturday. The tender green leaves of the cherry, oak, hazel, alder, hawthorn and guilder-rose all loved it. Similarly the ash, willow, rowan, aspen…

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Community Spirit

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The recent Full Moon coincided with a weekend, which probably contributed to the considerable crowd we had staying; Kusala House was packed. And of course it was the Buddha’s birthday celebration! Beautiful candle-holders offered by Jenny and friends from Malaysia, adorned the shrine; stylized lotus lanterns…

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Commitments

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Our new Kitchen Manager, Anthony, seems well settled into his one year commitment. Despite drizzling rain, a dedicated group of Dhamma devotees offered their time and enthusiasm on Saturday to attend to lake work. Luang Por Munindo’s Dhamma Talk on Sunday 26th April…

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