Ajahn Sujato will join with three hundred maha sangha for seth pirith chanting, guided meditation followed by a demonstratiaon to use SuttaCentrral.net and a dhamma discussion.
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Looking forward to see you at the Nelum Pokuna auditorium on the 31st of May 2018.
Thanks so much Deepika! All your work is very much appreciated.
Just as some news for all our forum friends, Deepika has arranged a visit to Sri Lanka for me. As usual, I am very disorganized and make everything very difficult! But somehow she manages to get things done despite the very many obstacles I create.
Anyway, right now I am typing in a room at Vajirarama. This is one of the most famous monasteries in Sri Lanka, and is home to a distinguished lineage of teachers and practitioners who shaped and defined Theravada Buddhism in modern times.
Sri Lankan monks like Venerables Narada, Piyadassi, and Vajirañāṇa were among the most influential and astute voices in 20th century Buddhism, establishing Dhamma not only in Sri Lanka, but also through very many trips overseas. If you travel to SE Asian countries like Indonesia or Malaysia, at the monasteries there you can still see mementoes and fond recollections of the visits by these monks, especially Ven Narada.
I learned a new fact yesterday. Ven Ñāṇasīha (Olcott Gunasekera) was showing me around, and he explained that it was in the Dhamma hall here that it was in this hall that Ven Vajirañāṇa invented the modern Dhamma talk. One hour to get the point across; not 3 or 4 hours like in the old days!
The monastery is also home to the succession of European monks that began with Ven Nyanatiloka, and then Vens Nyanaponika, Nyanavimala, Nyanamoli, and Ven Bodhi. So I feel like I am in good company as we work to make the suttas available to even more people!
This is the first step in the right direction. Recently I spoke to a Sri Lankan monk living in Australia. He did not know any thing about Bhante Sujato or Suttacentral.
Hopefully all this will change in next 12 months.
Well, the auditorium of 1300 people was full, plus 100 on stage and (so I was told) several hundred more outside, so that’s a lot of people! It was all thanks to the incredible organizing of Deepika and the All Ceylon Buddhist Congress.
There were about 300 Sangha present, including many senior monastics such as the head of the Amarapura Nikaya, and many others I should have known (but don’t!). We had drums and TV shows and chanted the Dhammacakka for an hour!
We have worked away quietly for so many years, I would never have imagined that SC would find such effusive support from the public.