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Circumambulations

Community Spirit

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(picture: Vesak circumambulation)

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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(picture: Kitchen manager, Anthony Morgan)

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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Trustees' Report for 2014

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The Trustees' report to the lay community for the year ending 31st December 2014 has been uploaded to our website. You can find it here: The Trustees' Annual Report or by following the same link under the heading 'Harnham Buddhist Monastery Trust' on 'about/organisation' on our website.

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Reflecting

Reflecting

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(picture: Harnham Lake)

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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(picture: Venerable Kai-Yin calligraphy)

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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(picture: anagarikas Giovanni and Martin)

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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Meal-time Changing

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For those considering participating in the midday meal-offering, please note that in UK the clocks go forward one hour this next Saturday night 28th March, at midnight. Accordingly, until the clocks go back again one hour in the autumn, the meal-time offering will begin at 11.15 am each day.

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Retreat Update: March 2015

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(picture: Chinese Buddha rupa)

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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