it was a great event – the pindabata for the nuns in Castle hills – organized by Lalitha. Thank you all for joining in, either at the different stations where you were waiting for us to come along with our bowls, or at Lalitha’s house, where we finally went to have lunch and talk about meditation.
Although it rained and was cold, you were patiently waiting and meeting you all time passed so quickly that we found that we will do pindabata and meditation again.
Here are some pictures Lalitha took with her phone.
Since January people, friends of Santi Forest Monastery, are renouncing for a good cause – to sponsor Santi.
Here is a link to its official web site: http://www.mycause.com.au/events/Renounceathon
March is the last month of the official renounceathon. For us Nuns, Samaneris and Bhikkhunis the renouncing continues of course, at least we will not give up our renunciation of the home. We all went forth from home into homelessness and are very happy to be able to live the holy life supported by such wonderful friends as you are.
One friend in Denmark joined the renounceathon without creating a page on ‘mycause’. Today I received her report of success :)
>The 28 days of renunciation of irritability have passed and have been a great success. Not 100% of course! But a huge step forward. The difficulty was of course to maintain the necessary level of awareness to catch it before it erupted. And the great thing was that making the effort to be so mindful had many unexpected side effects. It’s been a marvelous experience – not least for those around me, I’m sure. Thank you for the inspiration.
As promised I will send a contribution to Santi, which will hopefully supply a few hot showers for you, when it’s cold again! I’ll look on the website for an account number.
Very best wishes, and Metta
As you all know we had all sort of renunciations. From giving up ‘negative thoughts’ which is the number one fund raiser on the renounceathon web page, over giving up to speak Thai, doubts, complaints, nuns and friends renounced and in most cases were very happy with the results
My (Phalanyani) renouncing of ‘the use of hot and warm water except for drinking’ was a very interesting experience. I did it! I regularly took cold showers! To understand why I am so enthusiastic about it – I am known as a wimp when it comes to cold. Born in summer of (then) the hottest year since records, I felt cold, so to say, by default. Later I lived in Spain and when we went to the beach to swim I put my toe in the Mediterranean sea and most times decided it was to cold to go in, while everybody else suffered from the heat outside of the water. Now I do even consider to continue taking cold showers… unbelievable.
Dear friends of Santi,
Again, we would like to invite you to celebrate with us one of the largest events in a Buddhist monastery’s calendar: the Kathina, or robe offering ceremony.
Program for Sunday, the 18 th of November:
- 5:00 am Meditation for early arrivals, followed by 6:00 am chanting and 6:30 am breakfast;
- 9:30 am Arrival at Santi Forest Monastery;
- 10:00 am Dhamma talk given by monastics;
- 11:00 am Offering of meal dana to the Sangha, followed by lunch for everyone (all are welcome to bring a dish of food);
- 12:30 pm Robe offering ceremony with blessings from the Sangha and Paritta chanting;
- 2:00 pm End of the ceremony.
In the morning or after the program feel free to have a bush walk, go to the big cave and meditate, or visit the waterfall in the adjacent national park, or stay on the grounds for tea and a chat with the monastics.
We welcome you and hope you will have a wonderful day at Santi. We are looking forward to meeting you here and rejoice in your goodness and friendship.
For those friends who come and join us for the grand day’s preparations on the day before (Saturday the 17 th), we have tea time at 6:00 pm and evening meditation at 7:00 pm. Next morning we will be there for group meditation at 5:00 am. We’ll have a short chanting before breakfast and then we’ll start the preparations of the event.
AGM for members at 2:30 pm.
‘Members of Santi Forest Monastery Incorporated are people who have requested to be members and are approved by both the committee and the spiritual director. There are currently about 30 members on a list kept by the committee. Only members can vote at an Annual General Meeting and stand for the committee. The committee has five members and is the legal body that manages the Incorporated Association and it has its own constitution. Anyone can ask for a copy of the constitution”