Communication Between Sangha & Friends
Some early definitions of what the Forest Sangha Newsletter is intended
Having had the opportunity for a rethink about the Newsletter, we offer
something of a broader focus than previously: a communications medium
for the Sangha, not specifically moored to any one place.
We welcome contributions and comments to help it to develop. There are
two main kinds of written material. Firstly, more extensive reports of
narrative and documentary nature; and secondly, shorter notices and invitations,
for the Grapevine. This need not be relevant to the U.K. alone as there
are close ties, and frequent comings and goings between Sanghas in Britain,
U.S.A., Switzerland, Australia, Thailand and New Zealand. It would be
good if the Newsletter could develop into a means of communication between
monasteries and lay people who feel a kinship via the teachings of Venerable
As there is bound to be diversification over such a widespread community,
notification of events, projects, debates and even failures, can provide
us all with reflections on how the holy life should be lived in our contemporary
world. Viharas that produce their own Newsletters are welcome to extract
material from this one. Material that doesn't fit into one edition of
the Newsletter may well find its way into another one, into Looking Ahead,
or grace the pages of a so-far-unborn Annual.
One last and crucial point: the copy date (the time by which material
needs to be here at Amaravati) is about three weeks before the Newsletter
is due to appear. So the next copy date is August 10th.