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Imperturbability

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(picture: dawn at Harnham Lake)

There are those who discover
they can completely abandon confused reactions

and become patient as the earth;
 unintimidated by anger,
 unshaken as a pillar,

unperturbed as a clear and quiet pool.

Dhammapada v. 95

Every intentional action that…

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Winter Retreat 2016

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From Friday 8 January to Thursday 31 March the ​monastic ​community will be on ​our Winter Retreat. Some of the time will be spent in silent practice​ and we will not be ​taking​ guests ​again until April​. Visitors are ​always​ welcome during the day​ and the Dhamma Hall will be…

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View from the hill

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(picture: early morning view facing southeast from Harnham Hill)

As 2015 fades away 2016 approaches. Kusala House has been providing welcoming accommodation to the guests gathered to mark the transition. Tomorrow night, Thursday 31st December 2015, is designated as Forgiveness and Aspiration night. Puja will begin as usual at…

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Feeding the Birds

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(picture: Luang Por's bird table)
Last week subscribers of this news-blog received multiple copies of one of our postings (coincidentally called 'Back Again'). It was one of those programming glitches that occur from time to time. Life can be so unpredictable, like the weather: one day it's snowing, the…

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Non-slip Boardwalk

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(picture: laying wire-mesh on the boardwalk)
Saturday was our last Lake Work Day for the year. Despite snow and sleet and temperatures just above zero, good progress was made in laying the wire-mesh on the boardwalk (to prevent users from slipping). Anagarika Will and his mother planted a…

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Back Again

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(picture: Ajahns Punnyo and Achalo on Vultures Peak)

Being buffeted by wild winter winds is expectable at this time of year if you live in Northumberland. Storm Desmond however was a bit out of the ordinary. Thankfully the gusts that battered Harnham Hill last week eventually passed…

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Welcome and Farewell

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(picture: Tan Gambhiro visiting Harnham, November 2015)

This week sees the arrival of Ajahn Sukhacitto (Thurs. 3rd Dec.) and the departure of Tan Gambhiro (Sun. 6th Dec.). Aj Sukhacitto is en route to take up residence at Cittaviveka Monastery for the Winter Retreat. Tan Gambhiro has been…

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Dedication

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(picture: carp in the Memorial Garden pond)

Once again, this time at Chithurst's Kathina, it was evident how much dedicated effort went into preparations for this annual festival. Four of our Harnham community joined in on the occasion, travelling down to West Sussex on Thursday and back…

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New Year's Day Gathering

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There are two opportunities on the 1st January to mark the New Year by re-committing to the 5 precepts at the monastery: at the traditional meal offering/rice pindapat in the morning with proceedings beginning around 10.30am, and then at 3pm in the Dhamma Hall. On both occasions the monastic community…

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Study & Practice Day on Sunday the 13th of December

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The day will consist of an afternoon of meditation, readings and discussions at Kusala House, starting at 1:30pm and finishing with tea at 5:30pm. No prior booking is required.

All those attending are warmly welcome to stay on for the Sunday evening puja where one of the senior monks…

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