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November 2008

 

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This last month at Santacittarama seems to have had a particularly Thai flavour. The Kathina cloth was offered by two groups of Thais - Khun Namtip and friends from Newcastle and Khun Chonlada and friends from London - with the assistance of many Thais, Sri Lankans and Italians from all over the country, from as far south as Catania and as far north as Aosta. We were blessed with the most idyllic weather, much to the delight of all, especially our guests from England! Our appreciation goes to all those who participated and contributed to making it such a lovely occasion.

We've recently been visited by several Thai monks, two came from England, two from Austria and two directly from Thailand. Phramaha Thongratana, a senior monk well known to us from several previous visits, came on a special invitation to receive an award given annually to an individual for their contribution to inter-religious dialogue. Over the years he has worked with the Focolare Movement, and recognition of his collaboration was acknowledged in a well-attended ceremony in Rieti.

There have been some changes in our community recently. Luis returned to Spain after spending a year with us - we send him our best wishes! - and in the meantime we have been joined by Manuel from Madrid, who intends to begin his monastic training here. Anagarika Gianni will shortly be going to England, to spend the winter retreat at Chithurst Monastery, and is expected back in April.

Ajahn Chandapalo will be away again, from 17th-24th November in Sicily, and possibly in Sardinia around 5th-9th December.

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