|Forest Sangha Newsletter||January 1988|
Serpentine, Western Australia
In November the Sangha will be bidding farewell to Venerable Brahmavamso, who, along with Ajahn Jagaro, has worked tirelessly to establish Bodhinyana Monastery at Serpentine. Venerable Brahmavamso has coordinated and worked on every building programme at the monastery and always seems to have a trowel in one hand, hammer and nails in the other! A1so he cheerfully teaches, on a regular basis at the Buddhist Society, schools, colleges and local prisons. At the monastery, he has taken on the responsibilities of teaching the Vinaya to all. He will be "holidaying" in England, visiting his family and monasteries before returning to us next winter -- we hope. En route to England he will be visiting the NE of Thailand with Venerable Thanavaro. During his absence, the hard working Sangha will hopefully build a number of much needed brick kutis (to keep out the heat!). Also, the enormous task of finishing the large sala lies ahead now the Rains Retreat is over.
Being opposite a park and only ten minutes from the city of Perth, we feel it is a real gem!
|The Sangha is truly grateful to receive Ajahn Sumedho for a three-week stay at Bodhinyana Monastery in November. The Sangha will be in complete retreat for these precious three weeks, but shortly after Ajahn Sumedho's arrival in November, our new city centre will be officially opened. The Governor Of Western Australia (our Queen's representative!) and many leaders of our state will be present -- along with many more local Dhamma friends. The new centre at 18 Nanson Way Nallamara 6061 was purchased from the Anglican Church in June. It comprises a large church hall with an extended kitchen, toilet block, noticeboard area and even an extra room at the rear for visiting nuns.|
The house next door has four bedrooms for the monks, an office for the Buddhist Society Committee, a growing library, and a family room off the kitchen. The band of willing workers, using a lot of elbow-grease and paint, have decorated and carpeted the new hall and house in less than six week-ends! Being opposite a park and only ten minutes from the city of Perth, we feel it is a real gem! The hall is used every Friday night for meditation and Dhamma talks and again on Saturday afternoon and evening.