View from the HillFifteen years ago, when Ajahn Thiradhammo was leading the community at Harnham, a group called The Sanghamitta Committee -- Friends of the Sangha -- was formed. Comprising a number of the resident monks, trustees and other lay friends, it was planned that this group would oversee the physical development of this outpost of Theravadan Buddhist monasticism. Back then there was little clarity regarding into what size or shape a Forest Sangha in Britain might develop. Although resources were limited the spirit of community was strong; it was wisely recognised that only through a co-operative effort could their visions be manifested.
An update on activity at Aruna Ratanagiri by Ajahn Munindo
As things unfolded there was much to oversee. Since then, despite many ups and downs (or maybe because of them) this community has continued its growth -- somewhat like a weather-beaten rowan tree that grows amongst the rocks on a mountain crag -- almost unnoticed but definitely there in its own way. Members of the committee have changed but the spirit remains. The buildings, as well as the residents, have changed -- now changed to the point where we can say that the main site is complete. The main site comprises the owned and rented properties known as No. 2 Harnham Hall Cottages, the Dhamma Hall, monastic accommodation and a separate abbot’s cottage and memorial garden. All are so well established that they almost look as though they have always been there. It feels good.