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End of the World Retreat

During the recent Mayan calendar change, Ajahn Chandako taught a retreat focussing on the end of the world. Although the theme was somewhat tongue in cheek, the retreat explored the very real phenomena of cessation and its relationship to peace. Both in a practical way, visible here and now, and in the long term sense […]

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New Stupa at the Auckland Vihara

Visitors to the Auckland Buddhist Vihara may have noticed that near the Bodhi Tree there is now a beautiful stone stupa. This stupa was carved in Indonesia in the same style and material as the famous stupas of Borobudur. A stupa is similar to a Buddha statue in that it represents and reminds us of the path to Awakening.

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Metta for the Environmental Mirror

Vimutti is a Buddhist monastic community in the lineage known as the Forest Tradition. A key feature of our training is living in and learning from nature. That means we take nature as our primary teacher and endeavour to practice for enlightenment in more naturally secluded environments. Although the Dhamma exists everywhere, the environment we inhabit plays a powerful role in our conditioning. The Buddha himself was born in the forest, practiced in the forest, enlightened under a tree, founded monasteries in the forest and passed away in the forest. He clearly appreciated nature. Even after his full enlightenment he would still go on retreat in the forest, and he encouraged his monks and nuns to follow his example of developing meditation in secluded settings. When we try it for ourselves, we can see why. Spending time in tranquil locations inclines the mind towards peace. Observing the workings of nature encourages the growth of wisdom.

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