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Reflecting

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In Ajahn Abhinando’s absence Ajahn Punnyo led the first Practice/Study Sunday for 2015, reflecting on the theme of The Life of the Buddha – Part 1. The eagerly awaited Part 2 can be expected same time on Sunday 10th May. Ajahn Punnyo elaborated further on…

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Another New Year

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The Harnham Buddhist Monastery Trust meeting last Saturday 11th happened in an harmonious and efficient manner. The next day, Sunday 12th, SE Asia’s New Year’s Day (Songkhran), happened in a crowded and chaotic, but never-the-less friendly and festival-like manner. On Sunday evening Luang Por…

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Patience

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We recently received a large piece of calligraphy by the Venerable Kai-Yin of Malaysia. The Chinese character represented is ‘patient endurance’, made up of the two characters of a knife (above) piercing a heart (below). On the first Sunday of the month, April 5th, Luang Por…

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Returning

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As hoped and expected, on Thursday Ajahn Abhinando returned safely from his winter sojourn in the Alps, or more accurately at Dhammapala Monastery. Also this week Anagarika Daniel returned to Chithurst Monastery in West Sussex. And gradually the community here at Harnham is returning to a more active routine…

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Endings and Beginnings

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Winter Retreat 2015 is drawing to a close. It wasn’t much of a winter, but it definitely felt like we had more than our fair share of wind. It even drove one member of the Retreat Support Team home early. It didn’t stop…

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Retreat Update: March 2015

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We are entering the third and final month of Winter Retreat 2015 and continue to be blessed with harmonious community and harmless weather. The oven repair-man was needed briefly mid-February in the kitchen. The police were needed briefly last week to deal with an unwelcome…

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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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