Warm greetings, dear Path friends,
I'm writing this just back from a Dhammadharini board meeting in Fairfax followed by a visit to our hermitage in all of its warmth and glorious springtime symphony of fresh greens and wildflowers.
But, we would like to be able to begin to allow more monastics to stay here with us. To deepen their practice here with us, and to share the benefits of their deepening of practice with us here in this area. Not only to import and export, but to really grow our Sangha here -- homegrown, and allow its benefits to sink and seep back into this area, further nurturing and supporting both us and them.
Our hermitage is a precious jewel and treasure as it is -- pristine and ruggedly natural, quiet and secluded. It is far from all disturbances of the world, and also far for friends to visit and participate but now and then in special times. And our lodging within the Bodhi House is a women's monastic sanctuary within a private home, a beautiful lodging that it is time to bless returning to being a family home.
We feel the need of a place that is a monastic sanctuary for both monastics and retreating friends, that is also open and accessible to the public, to our greater community of friends. A place where both friends and monastics who are elderly or in not strong health can easily come and abide. A place where we can have regular programs open to the public. A place where friends can join us for our daily, weekly and fortnightly chanting, meditation, Dhamma talks, and come for personal guidance and sharing in the Buddhist path. A place where the local community can come to learn about the Buddha's teaching, and where our monastics can easily accept the invitations that come to share, in hospitals, or schools or graveyards, or local hilltops and valleys. A place that is ours -- a place of women's Sangha -- a true Buddhist monastery/vihara.
In our Dhammadharini board meeting Saturday, we spoke of this.
And now, we would like to welcome your ideas and thoughts, visions and dreams. We would like to know what you think, what you would like to see, what you hope for, what you wish to have be a part of the growing blessings of our lives in or practice of the path together.
I welcome your writing back to me personally, as does Ayya Sobhana and our Dhammadharini Board of Directors.
After the joyous days of the upcoming bhikkhuni ordinations of our dear Dhamma Sisters, together with Vesak celebrations, we will be sharing time together in consideration and beginning our looking for this new place. Look out for upcoming news from Friends of Dhammadharini (our board and advisors) about gathering times to dream and vision about this together. If you have thoughts and ideas please do not wait too long to share them -- we plan to be looking for our new place before and moving after the end of this coming vassa -- within these next six months.
With much loving kindness
and thoughts of good wishes to all of us,
wishing us well in this endeavor,
Ayya Tathaaloka Theri
for our greater Dhammadharini Sangha
(here and abroad)