Progress Update: November 27, 2010

>> Atulo’s Ordination:
Everything went so well. There are several traditional, technical aspects around accepting a candidate into the Bhikkhu Sangha and these were well observed by a full assembly of monks. They were also observed by a delightful number of delightful people who came to share the event. This was delightful, joyous, happy. Rituals and ceremonies function both on the practical level and on the level of the communal heart. We welcome Atulo into the community of monks. [photo]

>> 2011 Calendar:
We have been given a quantity of books by our generous friends in Malaysia for free distribution. There is a selection of timeless dhamma and a timely 2011 calendar. These are available from the monastery.

>> New Year – 1st notice:
December 31st is a Friday and we are planning our usual late night vigil to bring in the New Year. You are welcome at any time of day. Organised events will begin with evening Puja at 7:00pm. The night will be a mixture of chanting, meditation, dhamma talk, reflections, more meditation and closing with a bell at midnight. There will be a warm bonfire with flames and light and levity (and possibly marshmallows). If you are planning to stay the night please book online. Do join us.

>> Winter Retreat:
Most of you know that the monastery is on retreat during the winter months of Jan., Feb. and March. During this time we reserve space in the house for lay friends to come and join us for a week or more. Each year sees more people interested in this retreat possibility. This means more retreat time – ie. less kitchen time – but also means less room available. Book early.

>> Ajahn Kusalo Retreat:
A three day retreat, 2nd-5th December, organised by the Peterborough group, The Buddha’s Place. View their website for details: The Buddha’s Place is still finalising transport for Ajahn Kusalo and is offering a free place on the retreat for someone from the Ottawa area who could provide this (travelling to Peterborough on Wednesday 1st).

>> Chair Evolution:
We all know that all things are impermanent. Yes, even old sofas. The recent displacement of the grand old four-seater sofa in the sitting room is a deep dhamma teaching. Yes, even the aged and venerable are vulnerable. The new ones are not only more comfortable but more suitably monastic. [photo]