Ordination Ceremonies – Sunday, August 25, 1pm

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On Sunday, August 25 we will hold an ordination ceremony for two candidates asking for entrance into the monastic order. Samanera Jino, a novice, will take upasampada to become a bhikkhu (monk), and concurrently Anagarika Andy, a postulant, will take pabbajja to become a samanera (novice).

Luang Por Viradhammo (who will act as preceptor in the ceremony) and Ajahn Khemasiri (formerly abbot of Dhammapala monastery in Switzerland) will be visiting from Tisarana monastery in Canada.

All are welcome. Please also join us for the daily meal offering at 11am if you wish. The ceremony will begin at 1pm.

Offering Ceremony and Dhamma Talk by Ajahn Sumedho – Sunday, June 23

Our teacher and the founding abbot of so many of our monasteries, Luang Por (Ajahn) Sumedho will visit Temple from June 1–30, 2019. On June 23, there will be a traditional Offering Ceremony held in honor of Luang Por’s visit, and as the central event he will be offering an afternoon Dhamma Talk.

Everyone is welcome to come for the talk, or join in with the offering and any part of the occasion: an alms-round and shared meal, the Offering Ceremony, and the Dhamma Talk offered by Ajahn Sumedho. Luang Por will likely be available to meet visitors after the Talk.

Schedule:

10:15 a.m. Introductory Remarks

10:30 a.m. Prepare Food Offering

10:45 a.m. Alms-round

11 a.m. Shared Meal

12:30 p.m. Precepts & Offering Ceremony

1 p.m. Dhamma Talk by Ajahn Sumedho

2 p.m. Close; chance to meet Sangha
2:30 p.m. End

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Ajahn Sumedho and Ajahn Sucitto Staying at the Monastery

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We are honored to host visits from several senior monks this month, including Luang Por Sumedho, Ajahn Sucitto, and Ajahn Karunadhammo. From June 1–July 1 Ajahn Sumedho will be staying with us. He and Ajahn Asoko have now arrived, and Luang Por will likely be available to speak with visitors and offer Dhamma Talks from time to time throughout the month, depending on his energy and other factors. When we know in advance we will try to post these times on the calendar.

The one event with a Dhamma Talk offered by Luang Por Sumedho that is planned so far, will be a public talk and offering ceremony held here at the monastery on Sunday, June 23 (PDF >).

In addition to Luang Por’s visit, Ajahn Sucitto and Ajahn Karunadhammo are visiting Temple, for a week and four days respectively, after the month-long retreat Ajahn Sucitto just finished leading at the Forest Refuge in Barre, MA. Ajahn Sucitto will be leaving for the UK on June 8, and Ajahn Karunadhammo for Abhayagiri on June 4.

Ajahn Candasiri visits Temple Forest Monastery

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Over the next few weeks we will be honored by visits from several senior monks and nuns, including Ajahn Sumedho, Ajahn Sucitto, and Ajahn Candasiri. From May 23–27 one of the first and most senior nuns in our community, Ajahn Candasiri, will be staying at the monastery. Ajahn Candasiri is the abbot of Milntuim Hermitage for nuns in Scotland. She has been able to accept our standing invitation to visit Temple Forest Monastery as part of a longer North American trip she is taking this spring to visit relatives in Canada as well as two monasteries there: Satisaraniya and Tisarana. She will be returning to the UK after her time at Temple.

Ajahn Candasiri will offer the Dhamma Talk on Saturday evening, May 25 (7–9pm), and the meditation workshop on Sunday May 26 (1–3pm). She should also be at the monastery for the daily 11am meal on May 24–26, and available afterwards to speak with guests. As always, everyone is welcome to come for any of these events.

From her bio page on the Amaravati website:

Ajahn Candasiri was born in Scotland in 1947 and was brought up as a Christian. After university she trained and worked as an occupational therapist, mainly in the field of mental illness. In 1977, an interest in meditation led her to meet Ajahn Sumedho, shortly after his arrival from Thailand. Inspired by his teachings and example, she began her monastic training at Chithurst as one of the first four anagārikās.

Within the monastic community she has been actively involved in the evolution of the nuns’ Vinaya training. She has guided many meditation retreats for lay people, and particularly enjoys teaching young people and participating in Christian/Buddhist dialogue.

In 2015, Ajahn Candasiri established Milntuim Hermitage in Scotland, where she now normally resides.

Winter Retreat 2019

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The monastic community’s annual three-month Winter Retreat will take place from the beginning of January to the end of March. This is a time for the Sangha to put many activities down and have an extended period reserved for formal meditation practice. Nevertheless, the meal offering will be the same as usual: every day at 11 a.m. And anyone is welcome to come to the monastery to offer food to the Sangha and share in the meal as well. However, there won't be Sunday afternoon workshops for the duration of the retreat, and we won’t be accepting overnight visitors in the usual way.

Winter Retreat Support Opportunity

During January, February, and March, several laypeople stay at the monastery in order to support the monastic community’s retreat. We currently have a crew of volunteers who have committed to helping out in this way, but it would be helpful to have one or two more.

It’s important that these people are already known to the community and that they are familiar with the monastery from at least one previous, overnight visit of several days. Ideally they will be able to stay for the full three months (or at minimum for one of the months). They would join in most of the group practice periods and there will likely be much unstructured solitary time to use to further one’s practice. Therefore they should be experienced in staying in a silent retreat atmosphere, and comfortable with solitude. 

If you are interested in supporting the Sangha in this way, by helping with meal preparation, shoveling, cleaning, etc. from January 1–April 1, do contact us at

https://forestmonastery.org/contact/

Good wishes,
From the Temple Forest Monastery community

End of the Rains

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This year’s Vassa, or Rains Retreat, is coming to a close on October 24. An annual three-month period of stability for Buddhist monks and nuns for over 2,500 years, the Vassa marked the monsoon time when the typical wandering of samanas (renunciant monks and nuns) from place to place would become impractical and risk damaging the rainy season crops. Since then, as the Sangha (the Buddhist monastic community) has become rooted in different countries and climes, the Vassa has remained a time of stability in Theravada Buddhist monasteries, with the resident community remaining in place for the three months between the full moons of what is usually July through October.

Resident community

This year at Temple the resident sangha has included Ajahn Sucitto – or Luang Por, as elder monks in the Thai tradition are often called – who will be moving onwards after our Kathina on November 4 (which, by coincidence, will also be his birthday). Luang Por will offer a Dhamma Talk at around 1pm on that day as part of the occasion. We’ve also had the pleasure of Ajahn Anando’s company since he arrived from Amaravati in April; he has been mostly on retreat during his stay this year at Temple, and we have been making arrangements to apply for a long-term visa so that he’ll be able to rejoin the community indefinitely. Ajahn Suvijano, from Thailand, has similarly been with us for a another six-month stint, and we hope also that he will be able to return next year. And a further addition to the sangha this year has been Ajahn Pasadiko, an American monk who’s trained at our monasteries in Thailand for the past twenty years. With the departure of two anagarikas (Nathan and John) and the addition of another (Andy), the sangha at Temple for the vassa of 2018/2561 has been: Ajahn Sucitto, Aj. Jayanto, Aj. Anando, Aj. Pasadiko, Aj. Caganando, Aj. Kumaro, Aj. Jivako, Aj. Suvijano, Ven. Sunyo, Ven. Candapanyo, Ven. Santi, Samanera Jino, and Anagarika Andy.

Visits & Events

This year we were honored to host a number of visits from senior sangha members, including Ajahn Amaro in May, who officiated at a Visaka Puja (Wesak) Day Bell Dedication Ceremony, inaugurating the newly-offered monastery bell; Luang Por Liem and Luang Por Jundee in July, who likewise presided over a simple ceremony to inaugurate and bless the newly-offered Buddha-rupa (statue of the Buddha); and Ajahn Viradhammo, who came down from Tisarana in August to act as upajjaya (preceptor) for Samanera Santi (formerly known as Anagarika Michael) who became Santi Bhikkhu, and Anagarika Jeff, who became Samanera Jino. Anagarika Andy was given precepts in June.

Upcoming: Kathina Offering on November 4

The last major event of the year will be the annual Kathina to be held on Sunday, November 4. Ajahn Sucitto will be the senior monk, and several monks from Tisarana and Abhayagiri will be joining us for the occasion. A little background on the ceremony (hat tip to abhayagiri.org):

Each year since the time of the Buddha, at the end of the Vassa lay communities around Buddhist monasteries have gathered to celebrate its completion by offering to the resident sangha gifts of cloth, supplies, and other requisites that will be useful for the coming year. Some of the cloth offered on that day is cut, sewn and, if needed, dyed by the monks to make a robe on that day to offer to one of the monks who spent the vassa at that monastery.

This 2,500-year-old tradition is carried on in the West in Theravada monasteries. The offering is initiated by a lay supporter or a group of supporters who request to organize the preparation and formal offerings. It is a significant and joyful occasion that, over time, has become emblematic of the richness of the relationship that exists between the lay community and the Sangha. This relationship is characterized by deep bonds of friendship and commitment to mutual support. All year round, the monastery functions solely on offerings from the lay community.

Accordingly, people have been inquiring about what the monastery could presently use. For this, please check the Dana List. There are also building materials and larger or more expensive tools and equipment we can use to help with buildings and grounds maintenance and the continuing construction of kutis (small cabins) in the forest for use as traditional monastic dwellings. Please contact Ajahn Jayanto or Ajahn Caganando via the monastery contact address for any questions about these. So far over the past three years we have put up six kutis and one yurt, using a local contractor for five of the kutis.

We hope to see you sometime at the monastery – do come to the Kathina if you are interested and wish to connect with the greater community as well as the sangha.

All blessings!

Kathina Day – Sunday, November 4, 2018

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Kathina – Nov. 4

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This year’s Kathina will take place on Sunday, November 4. As always, everyone is welcome to attend and take part in the occasion. Organized by members of the lay community who wish to offer requisites and support to the monastery, this traditional ceremony serves also as an annual gathering for the lay and monastic communities and anyone who wishes to attend.

Everyone is welcome to join us for any part of the day: an alms-round and shared meal, the Kathina Offering, a Dhamma Talk offered by Luang Por Sucitto (it will also be his birthday), and a chance to meet the sangha.

Schedule:

10:15 a.m. Introductory Remarks

10:30 a.m. Prepare Food Offering

10:45 a.m. Alms-round

11 a.m. Shared Meal

12:45 p.m. Kathina Offering Ceremony

1:30 p.m. Dhamma Talk by Ajahn Sucitto

2:30 p.m. Close; chance to meet Sangha
3:00 p.m. End

Upasampada and Pabbajja – monk and novice ordinations – Sunday, August 12

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Please join the community for a special day on August 12, when two men will take further steps in to the training. Samanera Santi will be taking full ordination (upasampada) as a monk (bhikkhu); and Anagarika Jeff will be taking the "Going Forth" (pabbajja) as a novice (samanera).

The event will begin at 1pm. Many people may wish to join in the meal offering at 11am and stay through to witness the event, and make offerings afterwards to the newly minted samanas. As always, you are welcome to arrive at any time during the morning or day.

Luang Por Viradhammo will be coming down from Tisarana, his monastery in Ontario, for the occassion in order to act as Preceptor (upajaya). He will likely also offer the Dhamma Talk on the preceding Saturday evening at 7pm.

All are welcome.

Respected Senior Thai Monks to Visit – July 3–11

From July 3–11 Temple Forest Monastery will be honored to host a visit by the abbot of Ajahn Chah’s main monastery in Thailand, Wat Pah Pong: Ajahn (or “Luang Por”) Liem. He will be accompanied by Ajahn Jundee, who was a young monk with Ajahn Chah and is now abbot of a well known monastery called Wat Pah Ampawan.

Many of you may remember that Luang Por Liem and Luang Por Jundee were here for the monastery’s opening ceremony in June, 2015. They will be visiting Temple with a number of other monks after being part of the inauguration of the Reception Hall at Abhayagiri Monastery in California.

Left to right: Luang Por Jundee, Ajahn Jayanto, Luang Por Liem, Ajahn Seksan – at Temple in 2015

Buddha Consecration & Offering Ceremony – July 8

Please join us to celebrate the visit of Ajahn Liem and Ajahn Jundee to Jetavana, Temple Forest Monastery, a Buddhist monastery in the town of Temple, NH. Ajahn Liem is the abbot of Wat Pah Pong, Ajahn Chah’s monastery in Thailand, Ajahn Jundee of Wat Ampawan. Ajahn Kevali, abbot of Wat Pah Nanachat, as well as other senior monks will be visiting as well. In honor of the occassion people will also be offering support to the monastery in a traditional offering ceremony called a “Pa Bah”.

Everyone is most welcome to join in for any part of the day: an alms-round and shared meal, the consecration of the new Buddha-rupa (statue), a translated Dhamma Talk offered by Luang Por Liem, and a chance to meet the sangha.

Schedule:

10:15 a.m.  Introductory Remarks
10:30 a.m.  Prepare Food Offering
10:45 a.m.   Alms-round
11 a.m.  Shared Meal
12:45 p.m.  Buddha Consecration Ceremony
1:00 p.m.  Dhamma Talk by Ajahn Liem (translated by Ajahn Kevali)
2:30 p.m.  Close; chance to meet Sangha
3:00 p.m.  End

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Visakha Puja Ceremony, Bell Dedication, & Ajahn Amaro Talk – Sunday, May 27

On Sunday, May 27 Jetavana, Temple Forest Monastery will celebrate Visakha Puja (Wesak Day) with a Dhamma Talk offered by Ajahn Amaro, abbot of Amaravati Buddhist Monastery, and with a formal dedication ceremony to install a new bell specially cast in Thailand for our monastery here in Temple and offered along with a bell “tower” to house it, which has been sponsored by many local supporters and built by local artisans. (Similarly, a Buddha image and pavilion are being offered and may be in place on that day – yet they will be formally consecrated on July 8 at a Pa Bah offered in honor of a visit by Luang Por Liem and Luang Por Jundee. Details to follow.)

Please, as always feel welcome to join us for any part of the day and occasion.

Schedule for the day:

  •     10:30 a.m. Alms-round & Meal Offering

  •     12:30 p.m. Paritta Chanting

  •     12:45 p.m. Bell Dedication

  •     1 p.m. Dhamma Talk by Ajahn Amaro

  •     2 p.m. Close & informal conversation with Ajahn Amaro & sangha

Ajahn Amaro Visit: May 22–27

From this Tuesday, May 22, until our Visakha Puja (Wesak Day) celebration on Sunday, May 27 we will host Ajahn Amaro, abbot of Amaravati Buddhist Monastery in England – and, before that, founding co-abbot with Ajahn Pasanno of Abhayagiri Monastery in California – who will be visiting Temple for the first time. Ajahn Amaro visited and taught in the Boston area for many years until moving to back to the UK. 

He should be available most days after the meal, and will offer Dhamma Talks on the evening of Saturday, May 26 and the afternoon of Sunday, May 27 for our Visakha Puja and Bell Dedication Ceremony. Please feel free, as always, to visit during this time.

Every day: 11 a.m. – Shared Meal, speaking informally afterwards
Saturday, May 26: 7–9:30 p.m. – Evening Puja & Dhamma Talk by Ajahn Amaro
Sunday, May 27: 10 a.m.–2 p.m. – Visakha Puja & Bell Dedication Ceremony, with Dhamma Talk by Ajahn Amaro

King Memorial Tree Planting October 26, 1p.m.

At 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26 we will hold a remembrance ceremony sponsored by our Thai supporters in honor of the late king of Thailand, H.M. King Bhumipol Adulyadej, who had ruled for 70 years when he passed away last year at the age of 88. King Bhumipol was a revered and unifying figure beloved by the people of Thailand, and on October 26, the day of his funeral in Bangkok, the monastery will join with other monasteries around the world in planting a tree in his memory. All are welcome to attend.

Kathina Offering – Sunday, October 8, 2017

Please join us for this year’s annual offering ceremony and fall gathering, which will be held at the monastery on Sunday, October 8, 2017, from 10.15 a.m.–3 p.m., and which will be the first “Kathina” offered at here at Jetavana (the Pali name of Temple Forest Monastery). The Kathina offering has been a continuous tradition since the time of the Buddha, and is similar in nature to the “Pa Bah” offerings we have had each year. It is organized by the lay community, and is a time where robe cloth, which is offered ceremonially, and other requisites of whatever kind the monastic community needs are offered, along with donations to support the monastery. The occasion includes informal opportunities to meet the sangha and others in the wider lay community, thus serving as an annual festival-like gathering too. A Dhamma Talk will be offered after an alms-round and shared meal and the ceremony for the offering of requisites.

A group from Thailand plan to join with our local community to help make the Kathina offerings, and anyone who wishes is welcome to join them in doing so.

For this special occasion we are pleased to host several of the abbots of Ajahn Chah monastery branches in North America: Luang Por Pasanno, abbot of Abhayagiri; Ajahn Sona, abbot of Birken Forest Monastery; and Ajahn Sudanto, abbot of Pacific Hermitage. Ajahn Karunadhammo, from Abhayagiri, will also be with us.

You are welcome to come for all or any part of the day, whether bringing offerings, just wishing to hear a Dhamma Talk, or visit with the sangha and others.

When: 

Sunday, October 8, 2017, 10 a.m.–3.00 p.m.

Where:

Temple Forest Monastery     

32 Derbyshire Ln,

Temple, NH, 03084

Schedule:

10:15 a.m.    Introductory Remarks

10:30 a.m.   Prepare Food Offering  

10:45 a.m.   Alms-round

11 a.m.         Shared Meal

12:45 p.m.   Kathina Offering  

1:30 p.m.    Dhamma Talk by Ajahn Pasanno  

2:30 p.m.    Close of Ceremony & Chance to Meet Sangha

3:00 p.m.    End

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Ordination Ceremony, Saturday August 12, 2017

On Saturday August 12 you are warmly invited to join us for the ordination ceremonies for two members of the Sangha here at Temple: Samanera Candapanyo will take upasampada to become a bhikkhu (monk), and Anagarika Michael will take pabbajja to become a samanera (novice).

Luang Por Viradhammo, abbot of Tisarana Monastery in Canada, will be here to act as preceptor for the two candidates.

The event will begin at 1 p.m. Many people may wish to join in the meal offering at 11 a.m. and stay through to witness the event, and make offerings afterwards to the newly minted samanas. As always, you are welcome to arrive at any time during the morning or day.

 

Ajahn Sumedho Dhamma Talk & Pa Bah Ceremony – Sunday, June 25

Our teacher and the founding abbot of so many of our monasteries, Luang Por (Ajahn) Sumedho will visit Temple from June 12–29, 2017. On June 25, some of our supporters wish to organize a Pa Bah (Offering Ceremony) in honor of Luang Por’s visit, and, as the central event, invite him to offer an afternoon Dhamma Talk.

Everyone is welcome to come to the talk, to join in with the offering, or for any part of the occasion: an alms-round and shared meal, the Offering Ceremony, and the Dhamma Talk offered by Ajahn Sumedho.

Schedule:

10:15 a.m.   Introductory Remarks
10:30 a.m.   Prepare Food Offering
10:45 a.m.   Alms-round
11 a.m.           Shared Meal
12:30 p.m.   Precepts & Offering Ceremony
1 p.m.              Dhamma Talk by LP Sumedho
2 p.m.              Close; chance to meet Sangha

2:30 p.m.      End

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Ajahn Sumedho visiting Temple June 12–29, 2017

Luang Por Sumedho is currently visiting the monastery. He has been visiting some of our branches around the Northern Hemisphere this year, and we are honored to host him at Temple from June 12–29.

Mainly this is a time for him to rest up and take it easy, and therefore he will be offering a limited number of Dhamma Talks and public visits during his stay, which we are arranging day by day as seems convenient.

Therefore, if you wish to see him the surest day to do so would be on the day of our Pa Bah – Sunday, June 25 – when he will offer a Dhamma Talk between 12.30–2 p.m. (proceedings begin at 10.15 a.m.).

Luang Por may offer Dhamma reflections at other times, such as on the Moon Days which fall during the period of his visit ( June 17 & 23) at 7 p.m. He will also likely come out to meet with visitors before the 11 a.m. meal on some days as well. Please call the monastery to ask in the morning on any particular day, as we may not know when he will do so until that day.

Luang Por Piak public talk – Sunday, April 30

Luang Por Piak to visit Temple April 28–May 1, 2017

A highly respected teacher will be visiting Temple from April 28–May 1: Ajahn Piak, an accomplished disciple of Ajahn Chah, will offer teachings on the weekend of April 29 and 30, including a public talk offered at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 30 (in place of the usual meditation workshop). We expect that he will be available for questions and Dhamma conversation also on Saturday, April 29. He will be accompanied by four other monks, including Ajahn Issara Uttamacitto, and Ajahn Siripanyo who will translate from Thai to English. Please join us for this special occasion.

Sunday, April 30, 1 p.m. :

Dhamma Talk in Thai language,
with translation in English

Saturday, April 29, 11 a.m. :

The usual daily meal offering,
followed by Dhamma discussion

For some background, the following is taken from Luang Por's bio:

Luang Por Piak is one of Thailand’s most respected teachers of Dhamma and meditation. Born in 1948, Luang Por Piak’s given name was Prasobchai but he was nicknamed ‘Piak’. As a child and young man Luang Por Piak did not have much interest in religion or meditation. It was when he was studying for his Masters in New York that Luang Por Piak began to develop an interest in cultivation of the mind. On the subway, for example, while heading to work, he would find his mind naturally observing and converging on his breath. There he found both pleasure and peace. He also noticed that he was able to wake up in the morning at whatever time he wished simply by mentally determining the time the night before. Even if he’d spent most of the night at a party, he’d still wake up exactly at the predetermined time. These experiences made him curious about how the mind worked and led on to an interest in meditation.

After returning to Thailand, Venerable Piak then received full bhikkhu ordination from Luang Por Chah of Wat Nong Pah Pong Monastery on July 3rd 1976. In 1981, when Venerable Piak had been ordained for five years, a piece of property was offered outside of Bangkok for the establishment of a branch monastery. Luang Por Chah asked Venerable Piak to live there as the abbot. It was unusual for a monk to be asked to take on so much responsibility at such a young age, but Venerable Piak had had quick progress in his Dhamma practice and was also native to that region. Initially surrounded by rice fields as far as one could see, within ten years his small monastery had been completely engulfed by Bangkok’s urban sprawl. Noise, heat and pollution notwithstanding, Luang Por Piak has remained a refuge of peace and soothing coolness within the heart of Thailand’s largest city.

His monastery is Wat Fakram (Wat Pah Cittabhavanaram) in Lum Lukkha, Pathum Thani, Thailand.

Ajahn Issara Uttamacitto is a long-time student of Luang Por Piak and monk of 35 years standing. He is the abbot of a forest monastery outside of Bangkok and has traveled internationally as assistant teacher with Lunag Por Piak on many occasions.