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Story of A. Cha & A.Sumedho starting monasteries in England

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Story of A. Cha & A.Sumedho starting monasteries in England

Postby gavesako » Thu Sep 27, 2012 7:57 pm

Bhikkhu Gavesako
Kiṃkusalagavesī anuttaraṃ santivarapadaṃ pariyesamāno... (MN 26)

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Re: Story of A. Cha & A.Sumedho starting monasteries in England

Postby purple planet » Thu Sep 27, 2012 11:13 pm

Please send merit to my dog named Mika who has passed away - thanks in advance

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Re: Story of A. Cha & A.Sumedho starting monasteries in England

Postby bodom » Thu Sep 27, 2012 11:47 pm

To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


https://www.dhammatalks.org/index.html
http://www.ajahnchah.org/

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Re: Story of A. Cha & A.Sumedho starting monasteries in England

Postby purple planet » Fri Sep 28, 2012 7:48 am

Yes i understood that - what i meant to ask is - how can you explain this move it sounds very un-buddhist thing to do
im not a monk and even i would not do a thing like that
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Re: Story of A. Cha & A.Sumedho starting monasteries in England

Postby gavesako » Fri Sep 28, 2012 9:54 am

Bhikkhu Gavesako
Kiṃkusalagavesī anuttaraṃ santivarapadaṃ pariyesamāno... (MN 26)

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Re: Story of A. Cha & A.Sumedho starting monasteries in England

Postby gavesako » Fri Sep 28, 2012 10:06 am

Bhikkhu Gavesako
Kiṃkusalagavesī anuttaraṃ santivarapadaṃ pariyesamāno... (MN 26)

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Re: Story of A. Cha & A.Sumedho starting monasteries in England

Postby purple planet » Fri Sep 28, 2012 8:32 pm

thanks
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Re: Story of A. Cha & A.Sumedho starting monasteries in Eng

Postby gavesako » Fri Aug 01, 2014 8:02 am

On 1st August, Luang Por Sumedho and George Sharp will meet to reminiscence about the past 30 years since the founding of Amaravati monastery. It was exactly 30 years ago, on 1st August 1984 that the site was purchased by the English Sangha Trust for the establishment of a second Forest Sangha monastery in the UK. This auspicious meeting will take place at 2 pm in the Amaravati Sala. All are welcome to attend.

http://www.amaravati.org/news/article/o ... _will_meet

Some recent Dhamma talks by LP Sumedho at Amaravati:

http://www.amaravati.org/teachings/audi ... ation/1963
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Re: Story of A. Cha & A.Sumedho starting monasteries in Eng

Postby appicchato » Fri Aug 01, 2014 10:08 am

Slightly off-topic, but more or less in the same vein...as a Caucasian monk living in Thailand, residing in a temple, it is a day to day struggle to contend with Thai monks (most, but not all)...citing details would serve no purpose so will forego any, other than to say that it is/can be a daily effort not to let it rip...as mentioned in an earlier thread (in reference to Thais, but by extension possibly many other nationalities as well)...they're, firstly, human, secondly, Thai, and thirdly, monks...in that order...it's not difficult to see where things can go south without too much effort...familiarity really and truly can/does breed contempt...and while on the topic, this Dhammayut vs. Mahanakai dichotomy (picture the Buddha's thoughts on this) is, succinctly put, a crock...even though I'm pushing seventy I think every day about making the move to be truly homeless, a wanderer in the full sense of the term...hopefully I can muster the gumption before long to make this move before it becomes (completely) physically not doable...

So, why this little diatribe at this point in time?...it seems (from this angle) that, particularly in the West, Buddhism appears to be taking on the trappings of other major 'religions'...to it's detriment...six months in white, no one over forty (got your insurance?..., a year as a samanera, five years under a teacher, multiple sects, cultural intrigue (try, as a Caucasian, staying in a Thai, Cambodian, Lao temple in the West...it ain't gonna happen)...even as far as a Western temple (a few years ago I found myself visiting Thanissaro Bhikkhu at Wat Metta in California (not an easy place to find, nor get to)...a great distance from any other Theravada temple, only to be told it was not possible to lay my head down for the night (just one), inside, nor outside (acres of open land))...why?...because I was ordained in a 'sect' other than his...

Not to be misconstrued, I'm the happiest, most content, I've ever been in life, as a monk (and I love Thailand and her people (forty years, and counting))...and have no other intent than to continue in the robes...I guess part of my reasoning writing is to encourage those contemplating this life to visit the East, and see how it is here, where one can ordain within days of requesting ordination, with no obligation to liquidate your life, spend five years under someone's thumb, to experience the gratitude and generosity of the lay sangha...to be (for the most part) independent...a world of difference...

All of this is off the top of my head, and I'm happy to stand corrected for any inaccuracies pointed out...reading the original OP set me off...

Wishing all well, and progress on your paths...


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