Uposatha Hall & Sima Inauguration Wat Pah Nanachat, Ubon, Thailand 25-27 December
Ajahn Dhammasiha has been invited to the Uposatha Hall opening and Sīma Inauguration at Wat Pah Nanachat in Thailand. Wat Pah Nanachat is the monastery established by Ajahn Chah in 1975 specially for foreign monks with Ajahn Sumedho as the first abbot.
After almost 50 years, and after training hundreds of Western monks, it is very appropriate for the Wat to finally receive an official 'sīma' ('monastic territory') and uposatha hall to perform 'vinaya-kamma' (formal, legal acts of the sangha). It will be a very big event, and the first real opportunity for the international sangha of Ajahn Chah to meet up again after 2 years of restrictions and border closures.
Ajahn Dhammasiha is looking forward to meeting many senior Luang Pors, kalyāṇa-mittas and Dhamma friends, both ordained and lay. Several supporters of Dhammagiri will also use this special opportunity and join the event.
(If you think of going yourself: accommodation at Wat Pah Nanachat during the ceremony will be extremely tight, with even junior monks having to camp out in the forest. Unless prepared to sleep very rough, you might consider staying in private accommodation in Ubon, and only attending during the day.)
Download the full schedule of events in Thai and English here:
After New Year at Wat Pah Nanachat, Ajahn Dhammasiha plans to visit Luang Por Anan at Wat Marp Jan, Luang Por Jundee at Wat Amphawan, and Ajahn Achalo at Wat Ananadagiri.
From about 25 January to 9 February he intends to be in Malaysia, first at Sāsanārakkha Buddhist Sanctuary (SBS), Taiping, and then possibly a few days in Penang and/or Kuala Lumpur.