Dear friends, Aranya Vihara Trust (https://aranyaviharatrust.wordpress.com/ ) was set up to bring to the land of its origin, the pristine teachings of the Buddha as practiced by the Thai forest tradition in the lineage of Ajahn Chah. Our long term objective is to set up a monastery in India so that we can have the opportunity of learning from the revered monks and receive their blessings.
The Elders in Thailand suggested that as a first step in this direction we need to set up a City Centre in New Delhi where monks could visit periodically. These visits would strengthen the lay person’s Sangha that can support such a monastery.
A trustee has graciously offered space for this purpose in the heart of Delhi, near the Dwarka Sector 11 metro station and all efforts are being done to complete the work by June 2018 .
We have great joy in informing that the seniormost western disciple of Ajahn Chah, Luang Por Sumedho , has consented to visit India in June in order to bless this centre. Luang Por Sumedho will be accompanied by Ajahn Asoko . This offers us all a unique opportunity for meditation, chanting , Dana and to receive his teachings. Luang Por Sumedho's programme in India is below:
25 June (Monday)
• Arrival (TG323 arr DEL 10h35) and rest
• 6:30 PM . Evening gathering – chanting and meditation led by Ajahn Asoko
26 June (Tuesday)
• 9:00 AM. Morning meal offering, Short blessing, Post meal Dhamma Discussion with Ajahn Asoko
• Post meal — Paying respects to relics in National Museum . Possibility of visit to Ashoka edict in Kailash hills – not confirmed yet.
• 6:30 PM. Evening gathering – chanting and meditation led by Ajahn Asoko
27 June (Wednesday)
• 9:00 AM . Morning meal offering, Short blessing, Post meal Dhamma Discussion with Ajahn Asoko
• 7pm – 9 pm .
o Parita chanting, Mr. Dhar dedicates the City Centre for Dhamma purposes, requests Luang Por Sumedho to bless it
o Luang Por Sumedho talk
o Q and A
28 June (Thursday)
• 8:00 AM. Morning meal offering and departure (TG324 dep DEL 11h40)
Meditators and others interested are welcome to participate in these programmes. Please write to firstname.lastname@example.org for any queries.
Looking forward to partaking this wonderful opportunity along with all of you .
Trustees of Aranya Vihara Trust
Short biography of Luang Por Sumedho
Luang Por Sumedho or Ajahn Sumedho (born Robert Karr Jackman, July 27, 1934, Seattle) is the senior Western representative of the Thai forest tradition of Theravada Buddhism. He was abbot of Amaravati Buddhist Monastery, UK, from its consecration in 1984 until his retirement in 2010. Luang Por means Venerable Father, an honorific and term of affection in keeping with Thai custom; ajahn means teacher. A bhikkhu since 1967, LP Sumedho is considered a seminal figure in the transmission of the Buddha's teachings to the West.
About Ajahn Asoko
Ajahn Asoko was born to Buddhist parents in New York and grew up in Geneva, Switzerland. He met Luang Por Sumedho when he was 13 years old in Amaravati Monastery in England and ordained for almost a year when he was 19 years of age at Wat Pah Nanachat in Thailand. He then returned to lay life and went back to Switzerland to study and work. Over the next several years, the value of a monastic way of life kept strengthening and he ordained once more when he was 30 years old. 2018 will be Ajahn Asoko’s 14 rains retreat in robes. Since 2014, he has served has served as Luang Por Sumedho’s care giver and secretary and is based with him at Wat Ratanawan in Nakhon Ratchisma province in Thailand.
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