Increasing commitment - with love and patience for growing pains
Greetings fellow practitioners,
On this occasion however I am able to share with you a long meandering and multi-faceted reflection which I gave to the community at Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery in California in the first week of July. The community at Abhayagiri were having two momentous occasions occurring simultaneously, which is why many monks and nuns made the special journey to attend. First was the official inauguration of the extremely well built Dhamma Hall, which has been many years in the making. The second was the official handing over of the abbotship from the resident senior teacher, Luang Por Pasanno, to two of his senior students, Ajahn Karunadhammo and Ajahn Nyaniko, who are both good friends of mine.
Although this reflection was offered specifically to that community, there are some pertinent stories included and the talk does cover themes which are relevant to all sincere spiritual practitioners. Particularly the themes of deepening commitment and determination, developing healthy love and appreciation, as well as being patient and understanding with each other and with change. Listening back to the talk once again I recognise that this may be a different glimpse into 'Ajahn Achalo's' life for many listeners, where I am talking among my seniors, contemporaries and peers in quite a warm and collegial tone, rather than to a group of students. As usual I am not stingy with strength of feeling - so be prepared to laugh and maybe bring a tissue as well!
I hope that something in the talk is useful to you.
Things to Come!
In the coming weeks there will be a significant upgrade to our chanting section, adding four more Chants with Soundscape, as well as traditional chanting without music accompanied by a chanting book in PDF format for interested people to print out and follow along! There will also be a new slideshow of the Chedi building project as a way of sharing this very interesting and auspicious project with you all. It is now approximately 65% completed
With loving kindness
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