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pindabata pictures

Dear friends,

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.

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Long time since

It is not that we renounced this page but I have to admit that I abandoned it for a while. Sorry for that. My simple excuse: We have all been busy.

March has passed. Quickly days ran by, filled with day to day business.

The saddest happenings:

Bundanoon’s postmaster Hugh passed away, we visited him in the hospital short before he was dying. It was good to meet with a person who was not afraid to die, who himself though he was ready to go.

We were invited by his family to chant the metta sutta at his funeral. A sutta that in a way describes what his aims in life were.

A friend, a meditator and supporter of Samaneri Canda, Una from Dublin, also passed away. Although we were far in terms of the physical world, we felt close to her and we performed some blessing chants while she was dying and a farewell service for her after she had died.

At some point it seemed that many friends and supporters were sick, so we went to visit some of them in hospitals or at home.

The best thing that happened: One friend in hospital who had the diagnosis that he would hardly ever be able to walk again without a walker started to walk without any crutch after our visit, to the surprise and amazement of the doctors. Not that I do believe that our blessing healed him, but the blessings might have given him the power in his mind to heal himself.

Our friend Damith Herath came to film interviews with the nuns at Santi. He met with Ajahn Brahm and Bhante Sujato, Ayya Nirodha and other people for interviews. On the last day of March he finalized his work and send it off to a film festival in Sri Lanka. It is a 28 minutes documentary about the transition at Santi, about Bhikkhunis, – well, actually I can’t really say  what it is about because I haven’t seen it yet. Most probably we will have a little monastery internal ‘sneak preview’. The documentary can’t be shown publicly because it needs to be unpublished to be eligible for the festival. We will keep you informed and invite you for a ‘docu-day’ at Santi when the film is official.

Vimala and Canda have been doing a looooot of paperwork for visas, the paperwork continues. But we also have some first good results! :)

Some wonderful Bhikkhunis, Ayya Nirodha and Hasapanna from Perth, Dhammasara monastery and Ayya Upekkha from Melburne, Sanghamitarama, came to visit Santi for some days after the Australian Sangha Associations meeting which was held in Canberra. My faith in the community of Bhikkhunis grew and I found new friends in the holy life. It was the first meeting of Theravada Buddhist Bhikkhuni abbesses in Australia. Great, auspicious.

The Easter weekend was quite crowded. Friends slept in a hotel and in the library just to be at Santi for a day or two. It is marvellous, it is wonderful how much interest the people show in being at Santi, in receiving meditation instruction and helping some nuns with chopping wood, clearing trails, cooking, cleaning etc.. A team formed last weekend to work on the first newsletter, Leeleng is preparing for a fundraising dinner/auction in her restaurant to sponsor Santi.

Tomorrow another bhikkhuni arrives for a two months stay, some others are packing their belongings to leave in a few days heading to Perth to Thailand … but more on that later. :)

May you all be well!

The renouncing continues

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:

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.