Ajahn Pasanno's Annual Trip to Thailand (2013)
February 1, 2014
During the month of December, Ajahn Pasanno goes on an annual trip to Thailand to maintain Abhayagiri's connection with the community there. He offers teachings at a variety of venues and visits a number of monasteries and practice centers, including Wat Pah Nanachat, the International Forest Monastery where he was abbot for 16 years. Ajahn Pasanno ordained in Thailand in 1974 and spent many years studying with the renowned meditation master, Ajahn Chah. Here are two links to pictures taken at two different events at the BIA (Buddhadasa Indapanno Archives) center in Bangkok:...
The heart of what Luang Por was teaching, the two things he was stressing above all else, were the Vinaya and meditation practice. The monastic regimen was not to be discarded or interrupted under any circumstances. If it wasn’t absolutely necessary then there was no break from group meetings. He laid great emphasis on meditation practice. You were told to do walking and sitting meditation, to put forth effort frequently: morning, noon and night. If you had some task to perform then you were to see to it and then return to your meditation. The monks weren’t interested in...
Reception Hall Construction Updates
Building the Foundation
November 8, 2013
Phase one of the new reception hall is coming to a close. This week the crew built the forms to pour a concrete retaining wall. Hopefully at noon today the concrete pumper will arrive and that pour will take place. This retaining wall is one of three, and the next two are planned to be constructed in phase 2 (hopefully starting in April 2014). Next week the crew hopes to clean up the construction site, and build a fire protective structure over and around the two fire suppression water tanks. Once these jobs are complete, the construction work for the year will be complete.We hope to provide a weekly up-date to the const...