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News for December 2012



Here at Santacittarama we are doing our best to adapt to the sudden onset of winter and preparing ourselves for the holiday season, with its increased flow of guests, and then the three-month winter retreat that follows. The guest accommodation is already fully booked for the holiday season, but day guests are still welcome. From 26th December till 6th January there will be a silent meditation beginning at 4 p.m. followed by tea and then evening puja and meditation from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. All are welcome and there is no need to book.

Ajahn Jutindharo has gone to Thailand for three months, although he should now be getting ready for two days of meetings in New Delhi with the Dalai Lama. A number of Thai monks and western disciples of Ajahn Chah and Ajahn Buddhadasa will be present, at the Dalai Lama's invitation.

On 7th January Bhikkhu Kovido will be going to Thailand for a year to continue his training at Wat Pah Nanachat the International Monastery near Ubon, established by Ajahn Sumedho around 40 years ago and possibly other affiliated monasteries. Ajahn Jantee will accompany him to Thailand but return at the end of March.

Recently we received a message from Luang Por Sumedho, who is very well and much appreciating this new phase of his life in Thailand. The previous three months were spent on silent retreat and he was saying how much gratitude he has been feeling, to the Buddha, to Ajahn Chah and all those who have encouraged and supported him over more than 45 years of monastic life. He commented that over the years he has been determined in applying the teaching on the Four Noble Truths, reflecting on the impermanent nature of body and mental states. Even though for the past 40 years he has been involved for in establishing monasteries, teaching, leading retreats, training monks and nuns etcetera, this has in no way diminished or obstructed his practice. He sends his blessings and best wishes.

Many people have been asking whether Luang Por is going to be visiting Italy over the next year. Sorry to say that this seems unlikely, but everything is uncertain!



Over the years many books from the monastery library have disappeared, probably forgotten on various shelves of people who have borrowed them fully intending to return them. The result is that we are missing some of the books that we would encourage guests to read during their stay, that would be useful to their understanding and practice. If anyobody would like to donate a book, please do contact us for a list of suggested titles.




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