Bhante Sujato resigns as Abbot of Santi Forest Monastery

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Bhante Sujato resigns as Abbot of Santi Forest Monastery

Postby cooran » Wed May 30, 2012 6:07 am

Hello all,

Sad news. Bhante Sujato announced his resignation from the position of Abbot of Santi Forest Monastery (on 22nd May, 2012):
http://sujato.wordpress.com/2012/05/22/an-announcement/

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Re: Bhante Sujato resigns as Abbot of Santi Forest Monastery

Postby hermitwin » Wed May 30, 2012 6:10 am

anicca.....
all the best to bhante....
who knows what the future holds...
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Re: Bhante Sujato resigns as Abbot of Santi Forest Monastery

Postby retrofuturist » Wed May 30, 2012 6:15 am

Greetings,

Wow. Thanks for letting us know, Cooran.

I can't help but think it's interesting how things pan out. In a parallel universe, I could have just arrived at Santi...

("who knows what the future holds", indeed)

:shock:

All the best to Ajahn Sujato and may he attain the goal he strives for.

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Re: Bhante Sujato resigns as Abbot of Santi Forest Monastery

Postby LonesomeYogurt » Wed May 30, 2012 7:04 am

Hmm...is he disrobing or just resigning as abbot? Interesting development.

May he be happy!
Gain and loss, status and disgrace,
censure and praise, pleasure and pain:
these conditions among human beings are inconstant,
impermanent, subject to change.

Knowing this, the wise person, mindful,
ponders these changing conditions.
Desirable things don’t charm the mind,
undesirable ones bring no resistance.

His welcoming and rebelling are scattered,
gone to their end,
do not exist.
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Re: Bhante Sujato resigns as Abbot of Santi Forest Monastery

Postby Cittasanto » Wed May 30, 2012 7:07 am

Any reasons? Where is he going?
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Re: Bhante Sujato resigns as Abbot of Santi Forest Monastery

Postby mikenz66 » Wed May 30, 2012 8:27 am

There is a detailed explanation at the link Cooran gave... :reading:

:anjali:
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Re: Bhante Sujato resigns as Abbot of Santi Forest Monastery

Postby Viscid » Wed May 30, 2012 6:36 pm

This is indeed a shock. I can't see him not teaching, though-- he'll probably set up something smaller in the future. I certainly hope he keeps blogging.
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Re: Bhante Sujato resigns as Abbot of Santi Forest Monastery

Postby Kenshou » Fri Jun 01, 2012 9:17 pm

I don’t want to run a community or to look after a large property. Now, my heart leaps forward at the thought of having nothing and making no plans.

Sadhu to that, and luck to him.
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Re: Bhante Sujato resigns as Abbot of Santi Forest Monastery

Postby daverupa » Fri Jun 01, 2012 9:58 pm

retrofuturist wrote:In a parallel universe, I could have just arrived at Santi...


In that universe, I'd have been a six-month-old anagarika at Santi 'round about this time.

The comment by Piya Tan was interesting.

I only met Bhante Sujato one night, and he spoke a little about his then-recent road trip in the States as well as the general bhikkhuni situation, among other things.

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    "And how is it, bhikkhus, that by protecting others one protects oneself? By patience, harmlessness, goodwill, and sympathy. It is in such a way that by protecting others one protects oneself.
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Re: Bhante Sujato resigns as Abbot of Santi Forest Monastery

Postby David N. Snyder » Sat Jun 02, 2012 4:13 am

I wish him well and sure he will be fine.

I think many 'successful' people go through such a time. At one point you wonder if it was / is worth it. The stress, the headaches, etc. that come with success can be burdensome and you remember the easier times when there was less responsibility. I can empathize with Bhante. And by success, it doesn't have to be financial, it can be having some position of power or leadership, such as being an abbot, running a center, etc. You can easily fall into an indifference (sort of a WTF moment), but not saying he has done that. It can also be or progress to upekkhā where you can take on fewer responsibilities with renewed zeal / better focus / concentration.

There was an article in Tricycle or some other Buddhist publication where one of the directors of a retreat center said that he went there to find the bliss of working and meditating at a retreat center. He soon found himself in a similar 'rat-race' of lay life dealing with the responsibilities of running the place and had little time for his own practice.
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