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Ajahn Sumedho's 80th Birthday Celebration

Postby Aloka » Mon Jul 28, 2014 8:57 pm

Did anyone go to Ajahn Sumedho's 80th birthday celebration at Amaravati monastery yesterday ?

I went there with a friend and really enjoyed his dhamma talk "The Way it Is" and the question & answer session afterwards. I thought he was looking quite frail compared to the last time I saw him though.

I think he goes back to Thailand again tomorrow.

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Re: Ajahn Sumedho's 80th Birthday Celebration

Postby Sam Vara » Mon Jul 28, 2014 9:01 pm

Sadly I wasn't able to make it, but some friends of mine went and camped there so they could see and hear him. We are expecting a special report when the meditation group meets on Thursday! Cittaviveka was almost deserted on Saturday as most of the monks had already left to see him, and instead of the usual dhamma talk we got a brilliant recorded talk from Luang Por.
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Re: Ajahn Sumedho's 80th Birthday Celebration

Postby puppha » Tue Jul 29, 2014 9:10 am

I was there. The talk was good and it was an opportunity to learn more about Luang Por.
It was not that crowded, even if 800 people came that day! Maybe not all of them stayed for the talk.

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Re: Ajahn Sumedho's 80th Birthday Celebration

Postby Mr Man » Tue Jul 29, 2014 11:20 am

I was also there.
Here is a picture of Ajahn Sumedho on that day.
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Re: Ajahn Sumedho's 80th Birthday Celebration

Postby Mr Man » Tue Jul 29, 2014 11:25 am

+ A picture of the portrait of Ajahn Pannavaddho, which was unveiled.
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Re: Ajahn Sumedho's 80th Birthday Celebration

Postby gavesako » Tue Jul 29, 2014 12:20 pm

On Sunday the 27th July 2014 was the 80th birthday of Ajahn Sumedho. Many people came to Amaravati monastery to celebrate it. They offered several cakes for breakfast and Luang Por said that it was his dream as a small boy to receive so many cakes, but he had to live until 80 for his dream to come true. We did the traditional Acariya-puja ceremony and asking for forgiveness, after which he gave a Dhamma talk. He said it is strange to think that 80 years ago he was only about 30 cm big. On his birth certificate he has the imprint of his baby foot. Since then, his feet have grown considerably. He expressed his gratitude for all the people who supported him in his life as a monk and also for countries like Thailand and England.
A set of five volumes of his collected teachings was distributed as well. Some books are available at http://fsbooks.org/viewBookCollection.php
Also the newly published biography of LP Panyavaddho, a student of Luangta Maha Boowa, was handed out and a portrait of him was unveiled in the Amaravati temple. This was to commemorate his role in establishing the English Sangha Trust in the 1960s.

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Re: Ajahn Sumedho's 80th Birthday Celebration

Postby robertk » Tue Jul 29, 2014 1:02 pm

Great to see photos of the venerable after all this time.
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Re: Ajahn Sumedho's 80th Birthday Celebration

Postby Aloka » Tue Jul 29, 2014 2:09 pm

Thank you very much for sharing the photos :anjali:


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Re: Ajahn Sumedho's 80th Birthday Celebration

Postby Sokehi » Tue Jul 29, 2014 3:01 pm

Wonderful Pictures Tan Ajahn Gavesako & Mr. Man, thank you for sharing :anjali:
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Re: Ajahn Sumedho's 80th Birthday Celebration

Postby robdog » Tue Jul 29, 2014 4:44 pm

Thank you for posting the pictures on here for us all to see :)
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Re: Ajahn Sumedho's 80th Birthday Celebration

Postby Mkoll » Tue Jul 29, 2014 5:14 pm

Thanks for posting all those pictures. :thanks:
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Re: Ajahn Sumedho's 80th Birthday Celebration

Postby gavesako » Fri Aug 08, 2014 5:26 pm

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Re: Ajahn Sumedho's 80th Birthday Celebration

Postby gavesako » Sat Sep 20, 2014 5:37 am

Ajahn Sumedho's 80th birthday talk at Amaravati

part 1 - Paritta chanting
http://youtu.be/UZiw0FnIp-g

part 2 - Dhamma talk
http://youtu.be/NgB6bTH0U7o
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