April             2008                             2551                      Number     83
The Forest Sangha is a worldwide Buddhist monastic
community in the Thai forest tradition of Ajahn Chah

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buddhaWords from Ajahn Chah
Venerable Ajahn (Luang Por) Chah
speaks on themes related to ‘teaching’

‘Some of us start to practise, and even after a year or two, still don’t know what’s what. We are still unsure of the practice. When we’re still unsure, we don’t see that everything around us is purely Dhamma, and so we turn to teachings from the Ajahns (teachers)….’

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ajahn munindoOn Teaching
Q & A with Ajahn Munindo

Ajahn Munindo has been the abbot of Aruna Ratanagiri Buddhist Monastery, known as Harnham, since 1991. There is usually a resident male monastic community of five to ten monks, novices and anagarikas (postulants) at Harnham, as well as male and female lay visitors.

The FSN recently asked him questions on the theme of ‘teaching’.

How do you understand what ‘teaching’ means, in the context of our community?
Ajahn Munindo: My first thought is that teaching is about passing on the benefits of practice. As for the context of our community ...

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ajahn chandapaloTeaching in Europe
Questions for Ajahn Chandapalo

You are English, and you became a monk with Ajahn Sumedho at Chithurst in West Sussex in 1982 – yet you have been practising and teaching in Continental Europe for 20 years. How has that come about? Soon after I first became interested in meditation and Buddhism, while studying engineering at Lancaster, I was invited to a Wesak celebration …

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buddhaDhamma on the Web

A guide to some community websites

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