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uk © Aruna Publications 2012 .forestsangha. During the following month.ratanagiri.org www.This 2013 calendar features photographs from a variety of contributors. near Varanasi. For further teachings. www. www. Singapore and Australia. especially to the Kataññnutā group of Malaysia. THE MAJOR FULL-MOON DAYS FOR 2013-2556 Māgha Pūjā: February 25 (‘Sangha Day’) Commemorates the spontaneous gathering of 1250 arahants to whom the Buddha gave an exhortation on the basis of the Discipline (Ovāda Pāṭimokkha). lay people may offer the Kaṭhina robe as part of a general alms-giving ceremony. Monthly Dhamma quotes are adapted from translated teachings given by Venerable Ajahn Chah. Vesākha Pūjā: May 24 (‘Buddha Day’) Commemorates the birth. The dates for the lunar calendar are determined by traditional methods of calculation. Aruna Ratanagiri Buddhist Monastery. and are not always the same as the precise astronomical occurrences.org/ajahn-chah-teachings LUNAR OBSERVANCE DAYS These days are devoted to quiet reflection at the monastery.forestsanghapublications. see www. given to the five samaṇas in the Deer Park at Sarnath.fsbooks.org Calendar production by Aruna Publications. Pavāraṇā Day: October 19 This marks the end of the three-month Vassa retreat. Visitors may come and take the Precepts for the day and join in all or part of the extended evening meditation. We would like to acknowledge the support of many people in the preparation of this calendar. The traditional Rainy-Season Retreat (Vassa) begins on the next day. We are grateful for their generosity and skill.org. enlightenment and passing away of the Buddha. Āsāḷhā Pūjā: July 22 (‘Dhamma Day’) Commemorates the Buddha’s first discourse. for bringing it into production.

Just keep sweeping all doubts out until there are no doubts left. only peace and ease.‘‘There is no end to what can be said about meditation. There is so much that can make us doubt.” January 2013/2556 M T W T F S S 7 14 21 28 1 8 15 22 29 2 9 16* 23 30 3 10 17 24 31 4 12 18 25 * 6 13 20 27 Ajahn Chah Memorial Day .

‘‘You are here today because your mother and father have helped you in so many ways.” February 2013/2556 M T W T F S S 4 11 * 5 12 19 26 6 13 20 27 7 14 21 28 1 8 15 22 2 9 16 23 * 17 24 Māgha Pūjā . You owe them a vast debt of gratitude.

not only when you are sitting cross-legged and still. There is Dhamma in all of these activities.‘‘Don’t see doing the dishes or cleaning the toilet as doing a favour for someone else.” March 2013/2556 M T W T F S S 4 12 18 25 6 13 20 27 7 14 21 28 1 8 15 22 29 2 9 16 23 30 3 10 17 24 31 .

they go hand in hand. When we feel at peace in our work it’s easy to feel at peace in meditation.” April 2013/2556 M T W T F S S 1 8 15 22 29 2 9 16 23 30 4 11 17 24 5 12 19 26 6 13 20 27 7 14 21 28 .‘‘When we perform our various duties well. we feel at peace.

the community runs smoothly.” May 2013/2556 M T W T F S S 6 13 20 27 7 14 21 28 1 8 15 22 29 2 10 16 23 30 * 4 11 18 25 * 5 12 19 26 31 Vesākha Pūjā . Please work together. cooperate and live in harmony. This should be what you bequeath to those coming after you.‘‘The training leads us to live together harmoniously.

showing people how to live happily in their daily lives.‘‘The Buddha had loving-kindness for all beings.” June 2013/2556 M T W T F S S 3 10 17* 24 4 11 18 25 5 12 19 26 6 13 20 27 7 14 21 28 * 2 9 15 22 29 30 Ajahn Chah’s Birthday . He led men and women to go forth to practise. to realize and spread the Dhamma.

Vassa begins . When the heart is at ease then you can smile. Simply notice it and lay it down. Whether right or wrong.‘‘Use Dhamma to find happiness.” July 2013/2556 M T W T F S S 8 * 2 9 16 23 29 3 10 17 24 31 4 11 18 25 5 12 19 26 * 6 13 20 27 14 21 28 Āsāḷhā Pūjā. don’t cling blindly to any experience.

” August 2013/2556 M T W T F S S 5 12 19 26 7 13 20 27 1 8 15 22 28 2 9 16 23 30 3 10 17 24 31 4 11 18 25 . patient endurance is the most important.‘‘Of all the qualities we develop in our lives.

‘‘Only when you understand that which is beyond both happiness and suffering will you find true peace.” September 2013/2556 M T W T F S S 2 9 16 23 30 3 10 17 24 5 11 18 25 6 13 20 26 7 14 21 28 1 8 15 22 29 .

‘‘We travel along the path of discipline. radiance and peacefulness. concentration and wisdom until we find the blessings of purity.” October 2013/2556 M T W T F S S 7 14 21 28 1 8 15 22 29 2 9 16 23 30 3 10 17 24 31 5 11 18 25 * 6 13 20 26 * Pavāraṇā . these are the fruits of the journey.

you can travel to the place of the Buddha’s enlightenment without getting closer to enlightenment. whatever you’re doing.” November 2013/2556 M T W T F S S 4 11 18 5 12 19 26 6 13 20 27 7 14 21 28 1 8 15 22 29 3 9 16 23 30 24 . What matters is being aware wherever you are.‘‘You don’t find peace on a mountain or in a cave.

” December 2013/2556 M T W T F S S 3 9 16 23 30 4 11 18 24 31 5 12 19 26 6 13 20 27 7 14 21 28 1 8 15 22 29 . The serene and peaceful heart is the true epitome of human achievement.‘‘When the mind is radiant and has given up evil. there is ease at all times.

Wat Ratanawan. Thailand. November December Amaravati Temple in winter. Wat Pah Nanachat.Sweeping the monastery. March April Robe-washing. July August Building a stupa at Vimutti Monastery. May June The Sangha recognizes the appointment of Ajahns Amaro and Chandapalo as Preceptors (upajjhāya). Thailand. Thailand. UK. Ajahns Munindo and Amaro on alms-round (piṇḍapāta) at Aruna Ratanagiri. Contemplation at Yosemite. Sīladharas following Sister Khemakā’s ordination at Amaravati. Wat Pah Nanachat. UK. Thailand. Bowl-washing while dwelling in the forest. Consecration ceremony of a new Buddha image. Thailand. September October A blessing ceremony. UK. . New Zealand. Wat Pah Nanachat. January February Offering and receiving almsfood. USA.

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