Author Archive | Tim

The Warm Summer of Contentment

The summer of 2008 has been witness to many positive developments at Vimutti Buddhist Monastery. We feel fortunate that the development is progressing so well. During this time there have been three excellent monks coming to stay, Ajahn Yatiko, Ajahn Sudanto and Venerable Mettiko. They have given inspiring teachings to the lay community and been supportive to the monastery in many ways.

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Pilgrimage in India

In February I had the opportunity to go on pilgrimage to the Buddhist holy sights in India. It is always an inspirational journey to visit Bodh Gaya, where the Buddha realized Nibbana, Lumbini, where he was born, Sarnath, where he gave his first teaching and Kusinara, where he passed away by entering parinibbana. To think that we were walking on the same ground that the Buddha walked on and sitting under the Bodhi Tree just a few metres from where the Buddha was enlightened was powerful. Many people had tears of gratitude welling up. We also climbed up to the Buddha’s kuti on Vulture’s Peak before dawn and chanted and meditated as the sun rose.

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The Material Attainments

Normally when we speak of the material attainments we are referring the first four jhanas, but over the past year there have been other developments in the material realm. Just as the jhanas provide a solid foundation for insight and liberation (Vimutti), the material developments at the monastery provide a foundation for people to practice for their heart’s freedom.

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Vimutti Monastery Helping to Reduce Global Warming

“To plant a tree is to believe in the possibility of a more beautiful future. Plant a tree for your children to enjoy. Plant a tree to show respect for the environment. Plant a tree for the Dhamma. You are invited to join in the reforestation of Vimutti Buddhist Monastery. Help nature recover while enjoying […]

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A Buddha is Cast

On January 7, 2549 a large bronze Buddha statue was cast for Vimutti Buddhist Monastery. Considering that fact that our monastery is just a newly born baby, the turnout was truly amazing. Many of Thailand’s meditation masters attended as well as most of the abbots from our monasteries in the West. Food was prepared for 1000 people and it seems at least that many attended. Crews from two television stations were filming, radio stations were broadcasting and newspaper reporters were taking notes. Why all this fuss for Vimutti?

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