Luang Por Sumedho to step down

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Luang Por Sumedho to step down

Postby cooran » Tue Mar 16, 2010 3:50 am

Hello all,

I have just had this news forwarded in a general email from Ajahn Amaro.

Ajahn Amaro has had a formal invitation from Ajahn Sumedho to take over from him as abbot of Amaravati Monastery in England.
The current plan is that Ajahn Amaro will stay on at Abhayagiri until mid-July, then make the move to England to be at Amaravati in time for the beginning of the Rains Retreat; this year that day happens to be July 27th - Luang Por Sumedho's 76th birthday. He intends to stay at Amaravati through the Rains and then, after the Kathina festival, he will depart, leaving Ajahn Amaro at the helm...

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Re: Luang Por Sumedho to step down

Postby retrofuturist » Tue Mar 16, 2010 3:55 am

Greetings Cooran,

Thank you for sharing.

Ajahn Sumedho has been a good ambassador for Theravada in the West.

I hope he enjoys the remainder of his Dhamma practice without this additional weight of responsibility.

:anjali:

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Re: Luang Por Sumedho to step down

Postby BlackBird » Tue Mar 16, 2010 4:59 am

Birthday at the start of the rains, that's good timing. Best of luck to both Venerable Ajahns :)

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Re: Luang Por Sumedho to step down

Postby Cittasanto » Tue Mar 16, 2010 7:15 am

I will have to arrange a stay during this period of transition.

I will definitely look forward to hearing Ajahn Amaro in person instead of solely on MP3
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Re: Luang Por Sumedho to step down

Postby PeterB » Tue Mar 16, 2010 9:08 am

All metta and gratitude to Luang Por Sumedho... :anjali:

You will enjoy Ajahn Amaro I think Manapa. I got to know him a little before he went off to the States. In fact at about the time he wrote the excellent " The Long Road North".
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Re: Luang Por Sumedho to step down

Postby gavesako » Tue Mar 16, 2010 9:48 am

Here is a recent talk by Ajahn Sumedho where he explains his reasons:

The Dhamma of Change, Preparing to Retire 07 Feb 2010

http://www.amaravati.org/abmnew/index.p ... ings/audio
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