2549 Number 75
The Forest Sangha is
a world-wide Buddhist community
in the Thai Forest tradition of Ajahn
Tudong in Wales
from talks by Sister Anandabodhi and Sister Thitamedha after their
two month pilgrimage in Wales.
Anandabodhi: I was born in Wales and grew up in Pembrokeshire,
at the foot of the Preseli Hills in West Wales. Our tudong began
in those hills. We also visited my mum and the house I had grown
up in and a few key people who had helped me onto the spiritual
path. In part, then, the tudong was a pilgrimage through my life,
an unravelling of my identity.
Sister Thitamedha: Tudong is translated as shaking
off; shaking off old habits, shaking off what is unnecessary...
Chapter of Octads
Atthaka Vagga, the fourth chapter of the Sutta Nipata, is translated
here (the first six poems)by Tahn Varado, and dedicated to its previous
translators including K.R.Norman, E.M. Hare, Ven.H.Saddhatissa,
Thanissaro Bhikkhu, and Paññobhaso Bhikkhu and also
to the editors of the Pali Text Society Pali-English Dictionary,
T.W. Rhys Davids and William Stede.
1: Discourse on Sensual Pleasure
a person longing for sensual pleasure achieves it,
Hes delighted, yes,
The mortal who gets what he wants.
But that person, longing, desiring,
If his pleasures diminish,
He suffers as if pierced with an arrow.
22nd June 1979 the monks arrived at Chithurst House, and Cittaviveka
Monastery was established. Soon thereafter, with the blessing
of Luang Por Chah, women joined the monastic community. The nuns
residence, Aloka Cottage, a ten minute walk from the main house,
was purchased in 1980.
Recently, the property beside Aloka Cottage became available. Given
its location and the nuns need for more accommodation, the
English Sangha Trust bought it, naming the purchase the Rocana Vihara
Project. Part of this Project is also to build a shrine room for
the nuns as their existing shrine room is small and structurally
Financial donations can be made to The English Sangha Trust
at either Amaravati or Cittaviveka. For further information,
contact Medhina: Tel: (01273) 483006 or
email: rocanaproject @amaravati.org.
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