There are those who do battle with their defilements and conquer them. This is called fighting inwardly. Those who fight outwardly take hold of bombs and guns to throw and to shoot. They conquer and are conquered. Conquering others is the way of the world. In the practice of Dhamma we don't have to fight others, but instead conquer our own minds, patiently resisting all our moods.
>> Kathina Photos
It has been a while since we had this event but the days have been well filled preparing for the stupa dedication. You may want to view photos
from that day. Many thanks to Jiri, Tomasz and Euan for the photos. And many thanks to all of you for making that such a lovely day.
>> Working Bee
The weather ran in our favour again and we had a very productive afternoon tidying up around the stupa and grounds generally. Thanks to all of you who came to help.
>> Stupa Update
The work is almost complete and will certainly be ready for our ceremony on the 2nd. The most exciting development has been the installation of the Buddha rupa. It is now in its final position. Here are a few [photo]
of the moving process. It took about four and a half hours to do. The final result is very beautiful - in complete accordance with our vision. A joy to behold.
>> Stupa Dedication Ceremony
Sunday, December 2nd.
Several of our visiting ajahns have arrived as well as several junior monks; and there are a few more yet to come. The atmosphere is very warm - despite the rain - and very friendly. Preparations for the day are well on track. We have a great team of helpers who have come to stay and it is a case of 'many hands making light work.' The dhamma program starts on Thursday. There are sessions on Thursday, Friday and Saturday - after lunch (1pm) and evening (7pm). Details of this and of the Sunday program can be found here
>> New Year Retreat
December 26th until January 3rd. This will be lead by Ajahn Sambodhi who is moving to the monastery mid-December. He has kindly offered to lead this retreat. It is an excellent opportunity to meet with him and receive his teachings as well as a superb way to transit into 2019. And meditation... the training, ¿taming, investigation and understanding of the mind. What could be better? Please fill out the guest application form
As with all our retreats this is open to day visitors; arrive quietly and join in.