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 October     2006            2549            Number 77
The Forest Sangha is a world-wide Buddhist community
in the Thai Forest tradition of Ajahn Chah



CHANGES

autumnleafOctober in Britain is a time when the turning seasons can help make more conscious the perpetual nature of change inherent in the natural world. Another autumn, another year, always now and ever different.

This issue of the Forest Sangha Newsletter represents a number of transitions, both in its articles and production. The most significant of these from the perspective of this publication has been a changeover in editorial duties. ...

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Luang Por Sumedho

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Luang Por Sumedho's seventy-second birthday was celebrated in July 27th, 2006, at Amaravati.

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On Strong Roots

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Luang Por Sumedho Reflects upon his Evolving Role within the Sangha he Founded

This summer marked my fortieth vassa as a bhikkhu, and my thirtieth year living in England. When I came to Britain in 1977 the idea was to establish a Theravadan Sangha following the tradition from which I’d come, the Thai forest tradition as I'd experienced it under my teacher, Luang Por Chah at his monastery, Wat Pah Nong Pah Pong in Ubon, Thailand. At that time I had only ten vassas; I wasn't that experienced or senior but I was more senior than the other Westerners. That put me in a position of being the head of the Sangha here, as well as the teacher, and I also became President of the English Sangha Trust. In every capacity I was looked to for guidance and leadership, and that lasted for about the first ten years. ...

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HOW DOES THE SANGHA DECIDE?

sumedhoA brief history of the Elders’ Council & its meetings

When people come to visit a monastery, one of the things that they are immediately struck by is the quality of order in which varied aspects of life – such as standards of dress, and etiquette around the meal – have a precisely patterned feel to them.
The question thus arises: How and why do they choose to follow this particular form? ...

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Welcome to the Desert of the Real

sumedho noviceAdapted from a Dhamma talk Luang Por Sumedho gave on his 72nd birthday

It seems only a couple of years ago that I celebrated my sixtieth birthday at Chithurst. Of course, with reflection we can realise that time is simply a function of perception. Whether it seems a long time or a short time is really a view we’re having right now in the present moment. We can notice how our thinking, how our mental and emotional habits affect consciousness. If I’m sitting waiting for the bell to ring, it seems to take a long time even if it’s only a few minutes. Yet I can sit in meditation for several hours and it seems like a very short time. ...

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Pecfecting Wisdom in a Work of love

goddessAjahn Vimalo reports that he will have finished his sculpture of the Prajnaparamita (Sanskrit for the Perfection of Wisdom) by the end of the vassa. He has been working on the figure on and off for many years, including a long layoff during ten years of training as a bikkhu in Thailand and Sri Lanka. He says that he has often wondered if the end would ever come. ...

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