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Australia

Posted: Sun Dec 09, 2012 10:51 am
by Thanavuddho
I've been here for a little more than two weeks and so far I like this country. We are going in almsround everyday. To my surprise people have actually put food in our bowls. This is not somekind of a Thai community here but a normal aussie neighborhood.

Re: Australia

Posted: Sun Dec 09, 2012 10:56 am
by Ben
Great news, Bhante!

Re: Australia

Posted: Sun Dec 09, 2012 12:05 pm
by James the Giant
Great bit of land Venerable, it looks ideal.
And you have a good website already set up, and a facebook page.
http://bodhisaddha.wix.com/home
http://www.facebook.com/bodhisaddha

May I come visit and help out late next year? I'll bring a tent. I'll write you a letter closer to the time.
How are the sangha housed at present? The photos look like there are more bhikkhus than will fit in that house.

Re: Australia

Posted: Sun Dec 09, 2012 1:32 pm
by Khalil Bodhi
Bhante, I'm glad to hear that the local community are so willing to support the Sangha! :anjali:

Re: Australia

Posted: Sun Dec 09, 2012 8:23 pm
by Thanavuddho
James,
James the Giant wrote:And you have a good website already set up, and a facebook page.
http://bodhisaddha.wix.com/home
I think that this website is hardly any good. And I have already voiced my opinion on this matter. The monastery is still very new and the website reflects that.
May I come visit and help out late next year? I'll bring a tent. I'll write you a letter closer to the time.
So far we have been turning people away because there really is not that much here. But there are people staying sometimes. I can recommend you staying in here on the basis that I know you from here. But it is not my call.
How are the sangha housed at present? The photos look like there are more bhikkhus than will fit in that house.
There are two of us staying fulltime at the moment. Me and a monk from the US. We have few rooms in the house. I set up a camp under a giant eucalyptus tree. It feels more spacious there :smile:

Re: Australia

Posted: Sun Dec 09, 2012 9:48 pm
by gavesako
Is this supposed to be a new official branch of Ajahn Chah in Australia? Who would take on the burden of responsibility to look after it and send monks there?

Re: Australia

Posted: Tue Dec 11, 2012 1:20 pm
by Thanavuddho
gavesako wrote:Is this supposed to be a new official branch of Ajahn Chah in Australia? Who would take on the burden of responsibility to look after it and send monks there?
Namaste Venerable,

I think your questions reflect the difficulties a new monastery like this has to face. And there seems to be even more difficulties outside Thailand.

This monastery is at least connected with Ajahn Anan and Wat Marp Jan. Ajahn has been here before they got the land. Monks from WMJ have already been here, few of us full time.

I don't know what is going to be the future of this monastery. It is very new.

:namaste:

Re: Australia

Posted: Tue Dec 11, 2012 6:58 pm
by gavesako
Well, good luck, but don't forget that:

The end of the world is here
Luang Por Sumedho


http://www.fsnewsletter.amaravati.org/h ... _world.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;


:namaste:

Re: Australia

Posted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 3:34 am
by Thanavuddho
gavesako wrote:Well, good luck, but don't forget that:

The end of the world is here
Luang Por Sumedho


http://www.fsnewsletter.amaravati.org/h ... _world.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Namaste,

Yes, I think I've read this before. It's a good talk.

"I came into monastic life very idealistic about Buddhism, monastic life and the Thai forest tradition. But every convention has disappointed me in some way or another. This is the nature of conditions, isn’t it? They’re all disappointing."

I've seen this in my years in Thailand. I'm far less idealistic about Thai forest tradition and Buddhism than I used to be. I fell better because of that :smile:

I've been talking about going to Australia in an earlier thread:

http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.ph ... 57#p217153" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Re: Australia

Posted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 5:32 am
by Thanavuddho
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One person put two cans of crushed tomatoes in our bowls today in almsround. 3kg each. I could not close my bowl lid.
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Re: Australia

Posted: Thu Dec 13, 2012 4:19 am
by Thanavuddho
Chao Khun Samai came to visit us today. I thought that meaby he will go straight out to see how the construction is going on. Instead, he sat down with us monks and gave a good talk.

Chao Khun said that more than finished and beautiful buildings, he likes to see good practice of Dhamma going on. He said that there's more and more construction going on in monasteries these days.

I almost felt like he was siding with me in trying to slow down construction and focus instead on individual meditation. Or perhaps that's just the way it should be.

Re: Australia

Posted: Thu Dec 13, 2012 11:54 am
by nyanasuci
Wishing you all the best in the new monastery! I hope it will bring lots of goodness to many people's lifes.

Re: Australia

Posted: Wed Dec 19, 2012 1:31 am
by Thanavuddho
I'm now at another monastery called Santi. I requested to stay for awhile. Recently, Santi has become a nuns monastery. This is a new type of situation for me.

Re: Australia

Posted: Wed Dec 19, 2012 1:46 am
by daverupa
Thanavuddho wrote:I'm now at another monastery called Santi. I requested to stay for awhile. Recently, Santi has become a nuns monastery. This is a new type of situation for me.
I thought Santi was delightful.

:group:

Re: Australia

Posted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 8:35 am
by Thanavuddho
Not sure how long I can stay here. I've already learned alot from here. Some of the Thai Buddhist customs, that I was so weary about, are not present in here.

Because I left without permission, I meaby have to return my monks certificate to Thailand. I don't know if I will ever get it back.