So glad to hear that things are going nicely and are well received!
After Ventura and Santa Barbara, I spent a night in the Hollywood Hills, where I gave a talk at the Hollywood cemetery. My hosts from LA Insight were very gracious and kind!
Now I’m up at Santa Rosa at Dhammadharini with Ayya Tathaaloka and the bhikkhunis. This is their small center half way between SF and the hermitage at Araññabodhi. It’s so nice to catch up with some old friends!
Last night was the 10 year anniversary of the first Australian Theravada bhikkhuni ordination in Perth, and by a strange coincidence four of those here were present then: myself, Ayya Tathaaloka, Ayya Sobhana, and Ayya Dhammananda (Vietnam). It was a chance for us to reflect on the events of that time, and to see the very demonstrable growth in the community since then.
I can’t wait to meet you at my home away from home in Rockaway. Have a great trip.
So good to hear…good for the bikkhunis, sangha, lay followers, and world as a whole.
Just returned from Ven. Sujato’s 5-day retreat at Buddhist Insights. Thank you to Ven. Sujato and everyone who made it possible for us to have this incredible opportunity here. Venerable filled our hearts with the Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha, made us laugh at every turn, and much more. Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!
Hello to @vann and any others who attended from this forum.
Hey thanks, it was a fantastic time with y’all.
Thanks to Buddhist Insights for live streaming all of Bhante Sujato’s talks. Many of us couldn’t be in New York for this retreat, but it was great “being there” for the streamed talks. Good video and audio, as well, which is always appreciated. Well done, Buddhist Insights.
Were these videos recorded, and do they remain accessible? I had a quick look for them but couldn’t find them
@Viveka , if you scroll down on the evil Facebook at Buddhist Insights - Home | Facebook you will find the streamed talks there…I understand there’s to be one more talk tomorrow as well… Self-Love with Bhante Sujato Tickets, Tue, Nov 12, 2019 at 7:00 PM | Eventbrite
Many Thanks, I was looking on their website - rather than FB
We just returned to Montreal after attending Bhante’s teaching on the weekend plus the 5-day retreat at Buddhist Insights. We are so grateful to everyone who made this wonderful retreat possible, especially to Bhante’s lucid and practical teaching based on a rare depth of knowledge and understanding. And of course we all enjoyed his witty Aussie sense of humor .
On the last day of the retreat during the sharing session we were amused in a delighted way by the remarks from the ”Buddhist newbies” New Yorkers claiming meeting Bhante Sujato in person is their "dream come true" .
Thank you to all retreatants and a warm hello to @mhk, a very gentle human being and also a lucky one with a lovely mother-in-law .
I’ve been greatly enjoying listening to Bhante @sujato’s talks of October 26 at Redwood City Audio Dharma - Understanding the Buddhist Suttas.
Slightly frustratingly, I was flying from snow-covered Montana to smokey California during the daylong…
It was lovely to see you all, and Vann, to catch up after all these years.
After my first talk, someone said they had been to the Comedy Club the night before, and they laughed more at my talk. I don’t quite know what to think about that!
I mean, what do you say to something like that? The hard work was by the folk there, especially Vens Suddhaso and Soma, pulling people together. The NYC crowd was sincere and engaged, I really enjoyed sharing Dhamma with them.
Perhaps… change your “career” ?
Bhante, you said happiness and joy bring the mind to peace, so you’ve just helped them do the groundwork for meditation .
I guess there’s nothing to say but many thing to consider like …how often should you come back to America ?
All the more reason you should come back and share your wisdom