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Place to no place
A conversation with Ajahn Nyanarato
Ajahn Nyanarato has been one of the senior monks at Amaravati since 2001. He has come to be loved and respected by many, as he helps lead the community in his quiet, patient way. The following is from a conversation I had with him in December, 2006, in order to share something of his life and reflections here in the FSN... —Editor
When East meets West
Ajahn Piyasilo, a Thai monk of twelve vassas who is spending a year with the community at Cittaviveka, shares some of his impressions so far.
Having been a monk in a rural part of Thailand for more than eleven years, I never thought that one day I would find myself living in the West. But here I am, thanks to a recommendation from one of my venerable Ajahns and the generous support of a lay Buddhist. People often ask how I see the differences between the East and the West and about my impression of living in England. It took me a while to reflect upon these questions and here are my responses.
Berries, hermits, and undreamed dreams
Bhikkhu Vineetha first came to our UK monasteries on a short visit from Sri Lanka with Ven. Ñanananda in 2003. He came again in 2005 to spend the vassa at Cittaviveka, afterwards requesting full ordination as a bhikkhu (he had been practising for twelve years as a novice) from Luang Por Sumedho. He continues his training with Luang Por, and with his old friend Ajahn Vimalo, at Amaravati. He kindly agreed to write something about his experience coming from Sri Lanka to England.
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