Ajahn Chah "lineage" monasteries in North America

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Ajahn Chah "lineage" monasteries in North America

Postby Tom » Thu Dec 20, 2012 2:11 am

I'm interested in possibly traveling to a monastery in North America, apart of the Ajahn Chah lineage, such as Abhayagiri, to learn the Dhamma and meditation. Are any of these monasteries available for me to stay overnight for a good amount of time, in the upcoming weeks, in order to do this?

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Re: Ajahn Chah "lineage" monasteries in North America

Postby appicchato » Thu Dec 20, 2012 3:44 am

http://www.buddhanet.info/wbd/country.php?country_id=2

Loads to choose from...many having websites...contact them with your queries...

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Re: Ajahn Chah "lineage" monasteries in North America

Postby James the Giant » Thu Dec 20, 2012 4:53 am

Contact them weeks in advance... They are really full and demand for guest layperson beds is high. I had to take a tent the last time I visited a monastery.
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Re: Ajahn Chah "lineage" monasteries in North America

Postby LonesomeYogurt » Thu Dec 20, 2012 7:11 am

Abhayagiri is always open to guests, but as others have said, it takes a while to get a reservation. I recently returned from a stay there and it was very nice.
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,
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Re: Ajahn Chah "lineage" monasteries in North America

Postby Cittasanto » Thu Dec 20, 2012 7:43 am

Ajahn Chah related monasteries are about to go into winter retreat so they are not very likely to allow visitors.
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(The mendicants asked) What are the two [types of persons]?
(The Lord Buddha responded) The malicious, or the inwardly angry, and the one with (blind) faith or the one who holds things incorrectly.
Mendicants, these two [types of persons] defame the Tathāgata.”
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Re: Ajahn Chah "lineage" monasteries in North America

Postby Tom » Thu Dec 20, 2012 10:09 am

Can lay people join these winter retreats in order to learn and practice dhamma and meditation, or are they strictly for monastics?

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Re: Ajahn Chah "lineage" monasteries in North America

Postby James the Giant » Thu Dec 20, 2012 11:07 am

ccharles wrote:Can lay people join these winter retreats in order to learn and practice dhamma and meditation, or are they strictly for monastics?

Laypeople are usually welcome. But you have to be known as a reliable person and pretty committed. And it's usual that you have stayed for some time at that monastery before, and get on with some of the monks.
I visited for two weeks before the rains, they saw I was serious and reliable, and when I asked to stay for the 3 month rains they said sure. It was gooood.
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Re: Ajahn Chah "lineage" monasteries in North America

Postby Cittasanto » Thu Dec 20, 2012 1:29 pm

ccharles wrote:Can lay people join these winter retreats in order to learn and practice dhamma and meditation, or are they strictly for monastics?

The Lay support team are there to support the community there so there is work but there is time for personal/group practice. however this isn't a lay teaching period and it is a time for the community to practice and retreat away from interaction (although there maybe some interaction and teaching for lay people on certain occasions it is not like a retreat for the lay support crew in the same way a retreat is a retreat.

Joining is through approval and a previous stay is needed, although exceptions for people known to community members may happen, each monastery may have its own policy here.

This period is not for any stop over guests and the support team is chosen months in advance in some instances although last minuet changes happen you are not likely to be accepted at this stage.
“Mendicants, these two [types of persons] defame the Tathāgata.
(The mendicants asked) What are the two [types of persons]?
(The Lord Buddha responded) The malicious, or the inwardly angry, and the one with (blind) faith or the one who holds things incorrectly.
Mendicants, these two [types of persons] defame the Tathāgata.”
Blog, Suttas, Aj Chah, Facebook.
"Others will misconstrue reality based on personal perspectives, firmly holding onto and not easily discarding them; We shall not misconstrue reality due to our personal perspectives, nor firmly holding them, but easily discarded."


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