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New Abbot at Chithurst

Posted on Thu, 30 Oct 2014

Last Sunday 26th October saw Luang Por Sucitto step down after 22 years from his role of abbot at Cittaviveka Monastery. Ajahn Karuniko was invited by and given the blessing of the sangha to take up the role. Here is the Dhamma talk given by Luang Por Sucitto on the occasion.

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Forest Sangha Calendar 2015

Posted on Sun, 28 Sep 2014

Calendar

We have published printable PDF versions of the 2015 calendar at forestsangha.org/calendar. Available in 8 languages, thanks to the collaboration of many translators.

Printed copies of the Forest Sangha Calendar are available for free distribution at the monasteries.

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Moonday Error in the Printed Calendars for 2015

Posted on Sat, 27 Sep 2014

Please note that the printed calendars for 2015 contain a calculation error, and some of the moondays following Asalha Puja move one day forward. That is, Asalha Puja is marked on the correct day, but certain moondays after it shift to the day following the day shown on in the printed calendars.

This is corrected in the online PDFs and Google Calendar subscriptions, and the files you may download here show the correct...

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Sangha Samaggi Gathering at Amaravati

Posted on Fri, 06 Jun 2014

From 26th-31st May 2014 over 100 members of the world-wide sangha of disciples of Ajahn Chah gathered at Amaravati. Luang Por Liem led the occasion supported by Luang Por Sumedho, Luang Por Khemmadhammo and about 20 other Abbots of branch and associated monasteries.
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Newsletter Updates

Posted on Wed, 02 Apr 2014

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Forest Sangha Calendar in Sinhalese

Posted on Sat, 08 Mar 2014

The 2014 Calendar is now available in Sinhalese. Many thanks to the the translators who helped make it possible.

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Community List

Posted on Sat, 18 Jan 2014

The List of Community Members as of winter 2013-2014, is available for download: [PDF]

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Newsletter Updates

Posted on Sat, 14 Dec 2013

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Santacittarama Temple Project Approved

Posted on Mon, 09 Dec 2013

Santacittarama Monastery in Italy receives planning permission for temple project.

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Newsletter Updates

Posted on Sun, 24 Nov 2013

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Forest Sangha Calendar 2014

Posted on Sat, 19 Oct 2013

Calendar

We have published printable PDF versions of the 2014 calendar at forestsangha.org/calendar. Available in 12 languages, thanks to the collaboration of many translators.

Printed copies of the Forest Sangha Calendar are available for free distribution at the monasteries.

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Newsletter Updates

Posted on Thu, 17 Oct 2013

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FOREST SANGHA:

Community List

Posted on Sun, 28 Jul 2013

The List of Community Members as of 2013 Vassa, is available for download: [PDF]

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Newsletter Updates

Posted on Wed, 24 Jul 2013

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Year Planner Calendars for 2014

Posted on Wed, 10 Jul 2013

Year planner calendars for 2014 with the uposathas, moondays and Kathina dates are now available for download.

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Newsletter Updates

Posted on Tue, 09 Jul 2013

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Newsletter Updates

Posted on Sun, 19 May 2013

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FOREST SANGHA:

Calendar 2013 Moonday Correction

Posted on Wed, 08 May 2013

A mistake was found and fixed in the 2013 calendar moonday dates, 2013 Dec 31 is a New Moon day.

If you have added the moonday calendar to your Google Calendars, it might take a few hours before the changes take effect.

The PDF downloads are updated, this includes the photo calendar and the year planners.

If you are using the year planner, we recommend to download the updated PDF.

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FOREST SANGHA:

Newsletter Updates

Posted on Fri, 19 Apr 2013

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FOREST SANGHA:

Looking Ahead 2013 Winter Issue

Posted on Wed, 09 Jan 2013

The latest issue (2013 Winter) of the Looking Ahead Newsletter from Amaravati is now available for download: [PDF]

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FOREST SANGHA:

Forest Sangha Newsletter Issue 92

Posted on Sun, 23 Dec 2012

The latest issue (92) of the Forest Sangha Newsletter is now available for download.

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FOREST SANGHA:

iTunes Books in 18 New Countries

Posted on Sat, 08 Dec 2012

All of the books currently available at www.fsbooks.org can now be accessed via iTunes in 17 countries in Sth America and New Zealand.

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FOREST SANGHA:

Kathina Dates

Posted on Sat, 13 Oct 2012

Kathina dates for 2012:

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FOREST SANGHA:

Community List

Posted on Sat, 04 Aug 2012

The List of Community Members as of 2012 August, is available for download: [PDF]

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FOREST SANGHA:

International Elders Meeting at Wat Pah Nanachat, January 12-15th

Posted on Mon, 30 Jan 2012

To coincide with the commemoration of the twentieth-anniversary of Ven. Ajahn Chah’s passing away, there was a gathering of senior Western monks and nuns at Wat Pah Nanachat, the ‘International Forest Monastery’ in Ubon, NE Thailand. Luangpors Liem and Sumedho opened the gathering by offering encouraging addresses and Luang Por Khemadhammo presided over the meetings. More than forty monks and nuns, hailing from monasteries in Canada, USA, Europe, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Malaysia, Australia and New...

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FOREST SANGHA:

Free ebooks available from the iTunes store

Posted on Fri, 06 Jan 2012

For those who are using iTunes, we have made some of the ebooks on fsbooks.org available through the iTunes store, for free download.

To find them, search the iTunes Store for "Ajahn Chah", or go to the free books section of the "Religion / Buddhism (Theravada)" category.

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FOREST SANGHA:

17th and 18th Dec 2011: Ajahn Chah Remembrance Day 20th Anniversary

Posted on Tue, 13 Dec 2011

See the webcast here:

http://www.justin.tv/ajahnchahrd

"The Ajahn Chah Remembrance Day (ACRD) is a special day devoted to one of the great contemporary Buddhist monks in Thailand, Venerable Ajahn Chah who is also known as Ajahn Chah Subhaddo. [...] The two-day event on the 17th & 18th of December 2011, will be held at the SJK (C) Yuk Chai (Taman Megah) school hall. Monks from the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and Malaysia will...

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FOREST SANGHA:

Ebook: The Collected Teachings of Ajahn Chah

Posted on Sat, 19 Nov 2011

The Collected Teachings of Ajahn Chah are now available in .epub and .mobi format for download at forestsanghapublications.org.

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Ajahn Chah Photo Gallery

Posted on Thu, 27 Oct 2011

We have prepared a gallery of photos of Ajahn Chah, available at the following link: www.forestsangha.org/gallery/

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Forest Sangha Publications: e-books

Posted on Thu, 15 Sep 2011

A new website, www.forestsanghapublications.org, has been released. Electronic versions (.pdf, .epub, .mobi) of most of our Dhamma books are now available. This site also replaces dhammatalks.org.uk and dhammathreads.org, i.e. audio files are offered for listening live and download, and CDs are available for posting upon request.

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FOREST SANGHA:

Kathina dates 2011

Posted on Wed, 17 Aug 2011

The Kathina dates for our European monasteries this year are as follows:

16th Oct-  Hartdridge, Santacittarama, Dhammapala

23rd Oct- Harnham

30th Oct- Chithurst

6th Nov- Amaravati

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FOREST SANGHA:

Ajahn Preechar Jutindharo talk

Posted on Sun, 07 Aug 2011

A talk in English by Ajahn Jutindharo (Preechar) – “Memories of LP
Chah” – given on LP Chah's birthday (17th June) at Amaravati
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FOREST SANGHA:

Upajjhaya Appointments

Posted on Sun, 17 Jul 2011

On Sunday the 10th of July 2011 at Cittaviveka Forest Monastery the ordination of five new bhikkhus and one samanera took place, thirty years and one week since Luang Por Sumedho had conducted the first ordination (upasampada) on the old croquet lawn of what was then Chithurst House. This time the five new bhikkhus were ordained by Ajahn Amaro. This event was also significant in that it was the first ordination to be...

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FOREST SANGHA:

Taking Leave of Luang Por Sumedho by the Sangha, November 2010

Posted on Wed, 17 Nov 2010

As the voices of the assembled Sangha recited the words of the Discourse on the Turning of the Wheel of Dhamma – the Buddha’s primal teaching on the Middle Way and the Four Noble Truths – we filed up, one by one, and offered our gratitude to Luang Por Sumedho.

Each member of the monastic community of the European branch monasteries had previously been given a small card in a golden envelope; we were...

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FOREST SANGHA:

Invitation to Luang Por Sumedho

Posted on Wed, 17 Nov 2010

Luang Por!

On behalf of the monastic and lay community of your disciples, I would like to ask you to accept our heartfelt and unreserved invitation to return to this country at any time that you should wish and to stay at any of the monasteries that you have founded, especially here at Amaravati.

In addition we would like to let you know that we are comitted and eager to provide suitable accommodation for you...

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FOREST SANGHA:

Amaravati Kathina and Taking Leave of Luang Por Sumedho by the Lay Community

Posted on Wed, 17 Nov 2010

Over 1000 friends and supporters of the Sangha gathered together at Amaravati Monastery on Sunday 15th November to participate in the Kathina ceremony. This annual occasion for reaffirmation of spiritual community is always poignant, but this year was made particularly so with the awareness that our teacher, Luang Por Sumedho, would soon be leaving to return to live in Thailand.

H.E. Mr. Kitti Wasinondhi offered the Kathina cloth on behalf of His Majesty the...

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FOREST SANGHA:

Where We Are Now

Posted on Thu, 19 Nov 2009

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The following article concerns our ongoing efforts to balance the needs involved in living Sangha life in the West. As many of you know, sometimes this is easier, and sometimes more difficult. For many of us, both monastic and lay community members, this past year has been challenging. We hope you will recognize in the following account the sincerity of our attempts to be skilful; and...

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FOREST SANGHA:

Message from Luang Por Sumedho

Posted on Thu, 05 Nov 2009

I'm aware that currently there are certain misunderstandings regarding our communities in Europe that may be causing hurt and confusion for some people. We plan to offer a response after careful consideration together.

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FOREST SANGHA:

Report from Wat Nanachat regarding Wat Pah Pong decision

Posted on Wed, 04 Nov 2009

 
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Receiving ordination as a bhikkhu in Thailand, entails acceptance of the authority not only of the Vinaya, but also that of the Mahatherasamakom, (the Thai Sangha's governing body) and the laws of the land. The Wat Pa Phong Sangha considers as a matter of course, that all of its members are ethically bound to respect their commitments to the Mahatherasamakom and to the Thai State. Ajahn Brahmavamso deliberately and unilaterally...

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FOREST SANGHA:

Interim message regards Wat Pah Pong community dynamics

Posted on Sat, 31 Oct 2009

Some of you will have caught wind of a recent disruption in the Wat Pah Pong community of monasteries. This has come about because of a perceived breach of trust in the process of decision making. More specifically, the manner a decision was taken in Australia to proceed with Bhikkhuni ordination even though the process of suitable consultation and agreement within the wider Sangha was very far from complete. The ordination in question actually took...

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