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Luang Por Tiradhammo led participants in a silent retreat at Kusala House, encouraging a gentler pace of life and fostering quiet reflection, while Venerable Vinita facilitated a practice day for members of the Sri Lankan community. On Sunday evening there was a talk on Knowing the Right Amount. Anagarika Marc has returned from hospital following surgery and is convalescing: the bike helmet he was wearing during the accident is now a part of his shrine for contemplation, along with the words ‘SLOW DOWN!’. The actual day of Vesak was marked on the Full Moon day, Tuesday 13th, with the sangha reciting the Discourse on the Turning of the Wheel of Dhamma, accompanied by a wild thunder and lighting storm. Anagarika Calum has returned to lay-life, but remains in charge of Kusala House. Ajahn Karunadhammo from Abhayagiri Monastery in California is expected to arrive on Saturday and stay with us for a few days. Alternating periods of beautiful sunny weather and heavy rainfall keep us vigilant and our activities flexible in accord with all that is ever-changing and unpredictable. We anticipate increased activity at the lake on Saturday with our monthly Lake Work Day, and if things don’t get too wet and windy, we will join in a community celebration of Vesak on Sunday 18th with a lakeside circumambulation by candlelight. Next week several members of the community will travel to Amaravati for the International Elders’ Meeting, held every three years.

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