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Kathina 2012: Delighting in Generosity
Ajahn Amaro
November 4, 2012
Ajahn Amaro, founding co-abbot of Abhayagiri Monastery, returned to Abhayagiri on the occasion of the 2012 Kathina cloth-giving festival; this was his first visit to California since departing for Amaravati in 2010. Speaking shortly after the sangha received the cloth to a large audience of lay supporters, Ajahn Amaro delights upon his return and reflects upon the change and development he has seen in sixteen years of Abhayagiri history. He then tells the story of the eight boons Visākhā asks from the Buddha (Vin. Mv. 8:15; Life of the Buddha p. 151). All eight of Visākhā's requests were actually gifts she wanted to offer the sangha, and Visākhā understood clearly how such generosity aided the sangha and settled her own mind. Ajahn Amaro dispels the notions that the effects of generosity are felt only in future lives and that serious meditators don't have time for merit-making. He concludes by emphasizing the distinction between pain and suffering and noting that, “Adaptability is the key to happiness.”
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