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Ajahn Chah's Memorial Day - 16th January
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Written by forestSangha   
Monday, 11 January 2010 07:42
Luang Por Sumedho and several others Ajahns will participate in a one day event of reflecting with gratitude on the life of our teacher.

Details are available at

The event will be broadcast live, free of charge, at

The Gathering of Elders, Dec. 2009
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Written by Wat Nanachat   
Tuesday, 15 December 2009 07:00

The latest gathering of Western elders of the Ajahn Chah Sangha (referred to informally as WAM) took place from the 7-9th December 2009 at Wat Pah Nanachat, in Ubon, Northeast Thailand. The gathering was attended by some twenty-eight elders, including Ven. Ajahn Sumedho, abbot of Amaravati Buddhist Monastery in England, the senior Western disciple of Ajahn Chah. Luang Por Liem, the abbot of Wat Pah Pong, (Ajahn Chah's monastery) kindly gave an opening address.

The gathering this year was dominated by discussion of the unfortunate events surrounding the delisting of Bodhinyana Monastery in Perth, Western Australia from the Ajahn Chah Sangha, and the estrangement of an old friend and erstwhile member of the group, Ajahn Brahmavamso.


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The audio recording of the decision on Nov 1st can be downloaded here.


Dhammapala - Winter Retreat helpers needed in Switzerland
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Written by forestSangha   
Tuesday, 24 November 2009 10:03

Dhammapala Monastery offers the opportunity for experienced Dhamma practitioners to support the 2010 Winter Retreat of the resident Sangha during January, February and the first half of March. Ideally we would like to invite people for one month, but there can also be space for those who can only stay for two weeks.

Besides the helping duties, which are entirely around kitchen activities and house cleaning, there will be plenty of time for individual Dhamma practice in the magnificent mountain environment (1200 metres altitude). Applicants can direct their inquiry to Margrit at: info AT dhammapala DOT ch



Web developer needed
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Written by forestSangha   
Tuesday, 24 November 2009 10:01

It’s possible we may need help with developing and maintaining the Amaravati website. Someone with some programming experience would be ideal. If you think you might be interested, please write to monasterysecretary AT amaravati DOT org



Where We Are Now
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Written by forestSangha   
Thursday, 19 November 2009 17:24

The following article concerns our ongoing efforts to balance the needs involved in living Sangha life in the West. As many of you know, sometimes this is easier, and sometimes more difficult. For many of us, both monastic and lay community members, this past year has been challenging. We hope you will recognize in the following account the sincerity of our attempts to be skilful; and that you can empathize with our aspirations to honour all the individuals involved. Months ago we knew we would want to share something in writing with those of our lay friends interested or concerned. This is an attempt to offer such an account, as well as some general context, in the hope it may help. Specifically, it addresses the recent process our Sangha has been engaged in, involving Luang Por Sumedho’s wish to clarify the training aspect of the relationship between the bhikkhus and the siladhara nuns. At the Elders’ Meeting at Chithurst on October 16 we realized the time was right and that we were ready enough to prepare something. However, the need to consult widely, and the travel plans of many, have meant this task has been even more time consuming than it would have been. The nuns have wished that this article be authored by the senior bhikkhus; accordingly it has been prepared by most of the abbots and theras on the Elders’ Council, including the monasteries in Britain, Switzerland, Italy, New Zealand and California. It has been read and commented upon by the senior nuns at Amaravati and Cittaviveka.


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Dhammapada Reflections Available for Free Distribution
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Written by forestSangha   
Monday, 16 November 2009 12:20

A book of 52 verses and comments called Dhammapada Reflections by Ajahn Munindo has been printed and is available for free distribution from most of our monasteries in UK (if not already then very soon). For details of this publication see this notice - 14th September 2009



Message from Luang Por Sumedho
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Written by Luang Por Sumedho   
Thursday, 05 November 2009 18:46

I'm aware that currently there are certain misunderstandings regarding our communities in Europe that may be causing hurt and confusion for some people. We plan to offer a response after careful consideration together.

[link] (mp3) Download Luang Por Sumedho's recent talk
- 5th November -, 'Blessing the Nuns going to the USA'