A few happenings at Dhammagiri. Firstly, member: Fijinut
who has been so warmly received and valued by the community during his Retreat (including service to Bhante Dhammasiha) over the last weeks, will be leaving in a couple of days. He will be visiting Townsville before returning to Fiji. This is sad, as the community would like to keep him - but aside from holding him in chains, we realise that all is impermanent and life goes on. May we all meet again in this life.
The Dhammagiri Community has purchased the house and 10 acres which border the main property. It has a large modern home and hu-u-ge tractor shed. So we now have a much more comfortable venue for lay practitioners and meetings. The monks will still live in their Kutis over the hill in the forested part of the other 75 acres. But .... the new property has TWO toilets (you men wouldn't understand, so leave it alone
Bhante Dhammasiha will be away for a couple of weeks teaching in Singapore. He will return to us in the first week of April, 2009.
Luang Por Liem will be visiting Dhammagiri, together with Ajahn Siripanno, from Saturday 18 April to Monday 20 April, 2009. Everyone is welcome to join Dana and Discussion from 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.Luang Por Liem Thitadhammo
was born in Sri Saket Province in the Northeast of Thailand on the 5th of November, 1940. After higher ordination at twenty years of age, Luang Por practised in several village monasteries thoughout the Northeast until he joined the Forest Tradition in 1969, when he first arrived at Luang Pu Chah's monastery, Wat Nong Pah Pong. He soon became one of Luang Pu Chah's closest disciples. After Luang Pu Chah started becoming severely ill in 1982, he enthrusted Luang Por Liem to run the monastery. Shortly thereafter, as Luang Pu Chah's illness prevented him from speaking, the Sangha of Wat Nong Pah Pong appointed Luang Por Liem to take over the abbotship. He fulfills this duty up to the present day keeping the heritage of Luang Pu Chah's Dhamma and characteristic ways of monastic training available for monks, nuns and lay disciples.
Shortly after his 60th birthday, almost ten years after Luang Pu Chah's death, Luang Por Liem Thitadhammo was given the honorary title of Tan Chao Khun Visuddhi-Samvara Thera by His Majesty the King of Thailand. For the Sangha at Wat Pah Nanachat (Luang Pu Chah's International Forest Monastery of Western and non-Thai monks) Luang Por Liem is not only a dearly respected teacher and guide in the monastic life, but for the last nine years he also conducts every monastic ordination ceremony as the preceptor.
1.In Thailand "Luang Por" is an affectionate and respectful title given to older monks and means "Venerable Father". In a similar way, the appellation "Luang Pu" or "Venerable Grandfather" is used for very senior monks and can confer even greater reverence and respect. "Thita" is a Pali word that translates best as "stable" and is an epithet for Nibbana. Luang Por Liem's ordination name "Thitadhammo" perhaps refers to "insight into the stability of the principles of Dhamma"
2."Tan Chao Khun" is an ecclesiastical title roughly equivalent to a bishop. "Visuddhi" means "purity", carries connotations of authenticity, completion and integrity and is another epithet of Nibbana. "Samvara" translates as "restraint" or "discipline". It can refer to the mental qualities of non-grasping and detachment or to the sublime conduct of one practising the Dhamma. "Thera" refers to an elder monk in the Sangha.