Thai tradition monastics: England’s Amaravati Monastery to host International Elders’ Meeting; new documentary about Thai nuns online
On the cusp of its 30th Anniversary celebrations, Amaravati Monastery in Hertfordshire, England, will host an International Elders’ Meeting from May 26 to 31. These meetings of senior abbots and monastics in the late Ajanh Chah’s Thai Forest Sangha network follow ancient Buddhist tradition for collective decision-making within and among affiliated communities. An “elder” is one who has passed at least eight years as a fully ordained monastic (bhikkhu or bhikkhuni, in Pali), and Amaravati expects as many as 100 to be in attendance. Presiding will be Luang Por Sumedho, the Abbot of Ajahn Chah’s main monastery, Wat Nong Pah Pong. The latest Amaravati newsletter states, “Visitors and guests are welcome to come during this time, to meet the visiting monastics as and when they are available, soak up the atmosphere and hear the Dhamma talks that will be offered in the evenings.”
Visit here for further information about the International Elders’ Meeting and other Amaravati activities this year.
Related: Channel News Asia recently aired a documentary about the life of Thai nuns, entitled Secret Tribes: Bhikkhunis. They have made it available to view online, and you can watch it after the jump. Read More