A message ...
Ajahn Achalo is safe and, as far as we know is in good health.
This absence of postings and uploads of new Dhamma Talks and Guided Meditations are part of the planned time away as Ajahn has been so busy especially in the preceding year and has brought to us so many outstanding talks, meditations and a whole lot more. He will be back to us in due course.
His thoughts are very much with all of us and blessings to all our subscribers everywhere around the planet. As soon as circumstances allow, I am sure we will be posting to the website to reach out and offer support to the best of his ability.
In the meantime, I/we do hope you find some of the talks and guided meditations on the site useful, indeed beneficial. There is such an array of topics and situations which, in some form have been touched upon and which are relevant to the crisis we all currently face including, illness, isolation, death of a loved one, and so much more. If you have studied them before, you may like to revisit as they may perhaps take on a different, deeper meaning during this extraordinary time.
I feel sure the things Ajahn would recommend we all do if at all possible, would be to rest, some deep meditational practice especially into the impermanence of all things, loving kindness focused toward loved ones, neighbours, sending blessings out to humankind as a collective, and if your lifestyle permits schedule to self-retreat for a period of days or weeks for as long as - or as often as - you are able to. If possible, perhaps spend more contemplative time in nature.
For those sending messages through the website enquires, I am sorry this is perhaps not quite the response you wanted to hear, but these are exceptional weeks and months. As soon as we can, we will be doing more but in the meantime, I/we hope this will be of benefit and some comfort. Please rest assured that you are in our thoughts and prayers and we send our blessings to you. Could I ask you keep Ajahn in your prayers and also send him your blessings during this time.
Do also please understand that I, as your webmaster am just a lay-practitioner like yourself, I am not a monk and have absolutely no authority to advise, guide or help, other than as another human being.
That said, do please use the Index to browse, there is a wealth to chose from in the Nine Collections of all the Dhamma Talks and Guided Meditations we have developed and uploaded over the years here for you to use.
My personal sense, is that while we may feel geographically separate or isolated, we have each chosen to be part of this online community with Ajahn Achalo. We are therefore supporting each other spiritually and emotionally within this network irrespective of where we are around the planet and hopefully this will be of comfort to reflect on.
Lastly, ponder once more on the title of this website. We chose these three significant words for a very important reason!
With every good wish for your health, safety and your wellbeing,
your webmaster, Neil.
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