One of Ajahn Chah's disciples was once asked if he was ever going to disrobe, if he was going to die in the yellow robes. The disciple said that it was hard to think about, and that although he had no plans to disrobe, he couldn't really decide that he never would. When he looked into it. He said, his thoughts seemed meaningless. Ajahn Chah then replied by saying. "That they are meaningless is the real Dhamma."
We invite you to join us on Sunday May 7th, 9:45am, to honour and respect the many blessings that we have received from the Buddha. Vesak is the most significant event on the Buddhist calendar celebrating the life of Gotama the Buddha; his birth, enlightenment and final passing. A most worthy cause for celebration. All are welcome.
>> Saturday Meditation Workshop
This Saturday, 6th May; 1-5pm. This is the day before Vesak and we are very lucky to have Ajahn Medhino staying with us over this time. He has kindly agreed to lead the workshop. Do take advantage of this opportunity.
Ajahns Kusalo and Narado recently spent a week wandering on Great Barrier Island. Landing at Okiwi they walked south to Haratonga beach where they camped for the night. Then further south to Kaitoke and Medlands and eventually to Schooner Bay to stay with friends of Aj K. There was generally food enough but four muesli bars for two monks on Friday was a stretch. The weather was superb. [-photo-]
>> Receipts + Membership
All email receipts have been sent and the last of the postal receipts were sent this morning. If you are expecting a receipt and this doesn't arrive please email us
March 31st is also the time for membership renewal. You can download the application form
and send that in to the: Secretary c/o Bodhinyanarama, 17 Rakau Grove, Stokes Valley.
>> Chao Khun Kuti
The Chao Khun kuti was built nearly 25 years ago for the use of visiting senior monks being nicely secluded behind the Dhamma hall. The Raja kuti has seen similar use but is not so well sited but it is more spacious and with a kitchenette. It is, however, much more frequently used for shared female accommodation. So... give the Chao Khun more space and a kitchenette. And while we are at it lets give the bathroom more space and light. It is not a major project but quite fiddly so will take a while. [-photo-]
>> City Meditation
The first Monday of the month at Quaker House, Moncrief Street. The first year went pretty well with 10 to 15 people each session. We now see more like 6 to 8 which is borderline as regards covering the room rental. From discussion in the last couple of months we will shorten the meetings to 6-7:30pm