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July      2007                  2550                      Number 80
The Forest Sangha is a world-wide Buddhist community
in the Thai Forest tradition of Ajahn Chah

Ajahn chahThirty Years

Ajahn Sumedho had been in England for a few years when a letter arrived from Thailand. Even though Luang Por Chah could read and write, he rarely did. In fact, he hardly wrote anything, and he never wrote letters. The message began with a note from a fellow Western monk.

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thaniyaAbout this issue

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monkThirty Years from Hampstead

It’s been three decades since the monks from Ajahn Chah’s monastery in Thailand arrived at the Hampstead Vihara on Haverstock Hill in London. Ajahn Sumedho and others around at that time share a few memories here.

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nunFrom Conflict to Cure

Sister Bodhipala

Paddy field poverty to aristocracy, exodus and renewal – the extraordinary arc of Sister Bodhipala’s life culminates in the daily practice of a nun at Amaravati. 

Sister Bodhipala, formerly known as Renée Pan, came to Amaravati shortly after offering her life to the Buddha as a nun – giving up political and social work in her native Cambodia, having already left the children she’d raised to adulthood and a successful career in America. For the past decade she has been a member of the nuns’ community at Amaravati. The following has been condensed from several conversations Sr. Bodhipala had with the FSN. 

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