visiting Wat Metta late February, suggestions?

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visiting Wat Metta late February, suggestions?

Post by JMGinPDX » Mon Jan 15, 2018 4:03 pm

Hello all -

I'll be visiting Wat Metta in late February (2/22-26).
This will be my first overnight stay in a monastery and one of few visits to any monastic site (I visited Mahapajapati a few years ago and have made occasional visits to the Pacific Hermitage...I haven't even been able to get to Abhayagiri yet!)

I've of course pored over the daily schedule and rules and recommendations and all that, but I wonder if anyone here has any suggestions for overnight monastery visits in general, or specifically for Wat Metta.

I've attended two multi-day non-residential retreats with Ajahn Geoff here at PFOD (nice consequence of being the official videographer and YouTube admin - I get full permission from my family to attend everything :)) and of course listened to his talks and read his books more times than I can count, so I'm familiar with his teaching and style. I also was able to participate in strategizing and purchasing a new sound system for the monastery, so I'm looking forward to seeing it in action!

Thanks!
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Re: visiting Wat Metta late February, suggestions?

Post by Idappaccayata » Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:46 pm

I was just there for a week! Do you have any specific questions? It's a beautiful place.
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And the bars of solid gold,
But once the bird realizes that the cage is a cage,
It finds within that cage
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Re: visiting Wat Metta late February, suggestions?

Post by Polar Bear » Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:58 pm

I'd suggest you bring your own tent if you have one and your own meditation cushion if you use one. Also, make sure to wear shoes when doing afternoon chores or you might wind up with poison oak on your feet, which happened to me when I wore flip-flops one time.
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Re: visiting Wat Metta late February, suggestions?

Post by Idappaccayata » Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:22 pm

polarbear101 wrote:
Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:58 pm
I'd suggest you bring your own tent if you have one and your own meditation cushion if you use one. Also, make sure to wear shoes when doing afternoon chores or you might wind up with poison oak on your feet, which happened to me when I wore flip-flops one time.
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You think so? I actually found the selection of cushions to be quite variegated. Good call on the shoes too. Plus there's a lot of walking, which might be hard in flip flops.

You might not want to camp in February though. I hear it's gonna get quite cold at night. Plus the guest house is very nice.
The furniture may be exquisite,
And the bars of solid gold,
But once the bird realizes that the cage is a cage,
It finds within that cage
No joy

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Re: visiting Wat Metta late February, suggestions?

Post by JMGinPDX » Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:26 pm

polarbear101 wrote:
Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:58 pm
I'd suggest you bring your own tent if you have one and your own meditation cushion if you use one. Also, make sure to wear shoes when doing afternoon chores or you might wind up with poison oak on your feet, which happened to me when I wore flip-flops one time.
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Thank you!
I'm actually already booked into the guesthouse, so no worries there. Taan Peter has been quite helpful with details.

Thanks for the shoes reminder! I don't wear sandals usually and I have some nice hiking boots that will probably work.
I'll probably rely on their meditation cushions, both from a "space in my rucksack" and "learning to live with things as they are" perspective :)

I actually don't have many SPECIFIC questions, just mostly interested in the experience of others who have gone, and any tips or things you found useful about that or any other monastery. Sorry to be vague :)
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Re: visiting Wat Metta late February, suggestions?

Post by LG2V » Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:43 am

Do they still have relics at Wat Metta?
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Re: visiting Wat Metta late February, suggestions?

Post by Idappaccayata » Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:52 pm

LG2V wrote:
Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:43 am
Do they still have relics at Wat Metta?
Like Buddha images in the sala?
The furniture may be exquisite,
And the bars of solid gold,
But once the bird realizes that the cage is a cage,
It finds within that cage
No joy

- Ajahn Jayasaro

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Re: visiting Wat Metta late February, suggestions?

Post by LG2V » Wed Jan 17, 2018 4:13 am

Idappaccayatā wrote:
Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:52 pm
LG2V wrote:
Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:43 am
Do they still have relics at Wat Metta?
Like Buddha images in the sala?
Like remains of Buddha and famous teachers.
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Re: visiting Wat Metta late February, suggestions?

Post by Idappaccayata » Sun Jan 28, 2018 11:01 pm

LG2V wrote:
Wed Jan 17, 2018 4:13 am
Idappaccayatā wrote:
Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:52 pm
LG2V wrote:
Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:43 am
Do they still have relics at Wat Metta?
Like Buddha images in the sala?
Like remains of Buddha and famous teachers.
Not that I know of. No one mentioned it at least, or they aren't displayed anywhere I saw. Where did you hear that they did?
The furniture may be exquisite,
And the bars of solid gold,
But once the bird realizes that the cage is a cage,
It finds within that cage
No joy

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Re: visiting Wat Metta late February, suggestions?

Post by Moanah03 » Mon Jan 29, 2018 12:48 am

JMGinPDX wrote:
Mon Jan 15, 2018 4:03 pm
Hello all -

I'll be visiting Wat Metta in late February (2/22-26).
This will be my first overnight stay in a monastery and one of few visits to any monastic site (I visited Mahapajapati a few years ago and have made occasional visits to the Pacific Hermitage...I haven't even been meilleur taux able to get to Abhayagiri yet!)

I've of course pored over the daily schedule and rules and recommendations and all that, but I wonder if anyone here has any suggestions for overnight monastery visits in general, or specifically for Wat Metta.

I've attended two multi-day non-residential retreats with Ajahn Geoff here at PFOD (nice consequence of being the official videographer and YouTube admin - I get full permission from my family to attend everything :)) and of course listened to his talks and read his books more times than I can count, so I'm familiar with his teaching and style. I also was able to participate in strategizing and purchasing a new sound system for the monastery, so I'm looking forward to seeing it in action!

Thanks!
lucky you :anjali:

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Re: visiting Wat Metta late February, suggestions?

Post by LG2V » Mon Jan 29, 2018 6:41 am

Idappaccayatā wrote:
Sun Jan 28, 2018 11:01 pm

Not that I know of. No one mentioned it at least, or they aren't displayed anywhere I saw. Where did you hear that they did?
Ajahn Thanissaro is a disciple of Ajahn Fuang, who was one of Ajahn Lee's disciples. Ajahn Lee was famous for his affinity with relics. I think that I've seen relics on display on the Wat Metta website, and I may have heard them mentioned as being there as well (I can't remember).
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Re: visiting Wat Metta late February, suggestions?

Post by Idappaccayata » Mon Jan 29, 2018 6:49 pm

LG2V wrote:
Mon Jan 29, 2018 6:41 am
Idappaccayatā wrote:
Sun Jan 28, 2018 11:01 pm

Not that I know of. No one mentioned it at least, or they aren't displayed anywhere I saw. Where did you hear that they did?
Ajahn Thanissaro is a disciple of Ajahn Fuang, who was one of Ajahn Lee's disciples. Ajahn Lee was famous for his affinity with relics. I think that I've seen relics on display on the Wat Metta website, and I may have heard them mentioned as being there as well (I can't remember).
Hmm that's interesting. I've heard Ajahn Thanissaro mention relics as well, but from my understanding, they were from Ajahn Fuang, and still in Thailand.
The furniture may be exquisite,
And the bars of solid gold,
But once the bird realizes that the cage is a cage,
It finds within that cage
No joy

- Ajahn Jayasaro

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Re: visiting Wat Metta late February, suggestions?

Post by JohnK » Mon Jan 29, 2018 7:41 pm

I was there for an ordination in July.
The official ordination was held at Wat Bhuridattavanaram in Ontario (east of LA).
At the Ontario temple, I recall that there is a separate building with many, many relics.
So, if relics call to you, that's a possibility.
Personally, I'd stay at Wat Metta, but thought I would mention it just in case.
(If I could get a job driving Ajaan Geoff to the Ontario temple for some reason, that would be different!)
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Re: visiting Wat Metta late February, suggestions?

Post by Walter » Tue Jan 30, 2018 8:20 pm

Hello all!

I'm also visiting the monastery, but in late March. For those of you who have been there (or who are currently in touch with the place):

What could be a useful gift for the monks?


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Re: visiting Wat Metta late February, suggestions?

Post by LG2V » Tue Jan 30, 2018 10:37 pm

Idappaccayata wrote:
Mon Jan 29, 2018 6:49 pm
Hmm that's interesting. I've heard Ajahn Thanissaro mention relics as well, but from my understanding, they were from Ajahn Fuang, and still in Thailand.
Ok. Thanks for explaining.
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