Abhayagiri 2013 Photo Album Published
November 27, 2013
Each fall, Abhayagiri Monastery creates a photo album of the year's events for Ajahn Pasanno to take on his December visit to Thailand. The album includes photographs of ordinations, festivals, visiting teachers, travel, ongoing construction, and nature. It is available for free as an ebook and can be ordered from Blurb for the cost of printing. The photos in this book can also be viewed in the online gallery....
Remember the importance of one-pointedness of mind. Find skillful means to sustain one-pointedness. Mindfulness of the body is an important anchor to help that focus and sustain attention. Mindfulness of the body and one-pointedness don't mean blocking out things around one, but rather having an anchor or focal point. It’s so easy for the mind to get distracted into different things going on around one or to get distracted into different things internally: thought, worry, doubt, and proliferation in various shades and forms. Maintain one-pointed attention and return to the physical...
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...