Tag Archives: Ajahn Jiew

Panyaden Welcomes Honoured Guests

Ven. Ajahn Jayasaro and Ven. Ajahn Jiew observe Panyaden International School wise habit session Ven. Ajahn Jayasaro and Ajahn Jiew observe Panyaden Life Skills Class for Year 3 Ven. Ajahn Jayasaro helps Panyaden's Year 3 student during Life Skills class at the school Ven. Ajahn Jayasaro helps Panyaden Year 3 primary student to plant vegetables

Venerable Ajahn Jayasaro and Venerable Ajahn Jiew join the school’s morning assembly and Life Skills class. Venerable Jayasaro observed our skit on the Wise Habit samadhi (being calm and focused) and gave students some advice on how to practise it. He then helped Year 3 student Ethan plant a vegetable and asked the youngster to look after it for him until his next visit!

More photos of the visit are on Panyaden’s blog.

Jula Kathina Day 2

Panyaden School Director, Neil Amas on way to Thot Kathina

Up early, we headed back to the monastery for the culmination of Jula Kathina. Passing the 130 metres of cotton that had been made from person to person, the fruits of our labour were finally offered to Venerable Ajahn Jayasaro, Venerable Ajahn Jiew and the other monks in attendance. A spot of litter collection followed by lunch and we headed back to Chiang Mai, tired but satisfied. Our students were a credit to the school with their dedication, excellent behaviour – commented on by many – and spirit of generosity and togetherness. Anumodana!

Panyaden students at Thot Katina ceremony in Chiang Rai
Panyaden Prathom 5-6 students at Thot Kathina

More photos on Panyaden School blog here.

Staff Retreat in Chiang Rai

IMG_4099 Panyaden staff with Ajahn Jiew & monks

Panyaden teachers and staff have returned from a 5-day meditation retreat at Venerable Ajahn Jiew’s forest temple in Chiang Rai.

The day started with a wake-up bell at 4.30 am, followed by morning chanting and meditation. We then joined Ajahn Jiew and the resident monks for the early morning alms round to the local village 3 kilometres away, where we were privileged to experience first-hand the generosity of the local community upon which Buddhist monks depend.

Each day we combined daily chores, such as cleaning toilets and sweeping the forest paths, with walking and sitting meditation and a Q&A session with Ajahn Jiew. The day finished with evening chanting and a dhamma talk, candles out at 10 pm! Wat Yen Boon has no electricity, basic facilities and all the wildlife one would expect to see in the woods during the rainy season, so this was a very special opportunity to practice in the real manner of the Thai forest tradition!

We are very grateful for the generosity and metta Ajahn Jiew showed us. Not only did we practice the dhamma under his kind guidance but we also were privileged for the insights into every day temple life that we were provided.

Panyaden teachers and staff join the monks on their morning alms round

Panyaden staff following the monks on their morning alms round Panyaden staff go on morning alms round with the monks

Sitting and walking meditation

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Daily Dhamma talks and Q&A with Venerable Ajahn Jiew

IMG_4017 Dhamma talk by Ajahn Jiew at Wat Yen Boon, Panyaden School IMG_4018

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Asanha Bucha at Panyaden

dsc_6556 Asanha Bucha Day at Panyaden School Chiang Mai

Preparations for commemorating Asanha Bucha Day started on Wednesday at Panyaden School. Our students made large candles to present our guest, the Venerable Ajahn Jiew from Wat Pha Yen Boon, Chiang Rai.

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Candle-making photos here on the blog. 

Today, we began with our Prathom 5-6 students presenting to their younger Anuban schoolmates the significance of this day, which is one of the most important Buddhist festivals of the year, marking the Buddha’s first sermon. The following day, Wan Khao Pansa, also marks the start of the Buddhist Lent, a time for doing good deeds and committing to the moral precepts. It is a time when monks retreat for three months during the rainy season for contemplation and religious studies.

Later in the day, our student representatives also gave the same bilingual presentation to the other primary students. A large candle was then presented to the Venerable Ajahn Jiew before we all went on to our school’s Buddha Sala for the ‘wien tien’ procession.

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After the ceremony, Ajahn Jiew visited the Kindergarten 3 students in their classroom answering questions like “Are there aliens?”’and ”Why do you shave your head?'” before conducting a talk for teachers, staff, parents and members of the public.

Ajahn Jiew spoke about the wisdom of Dhamma that already exists in nature and in us. The Buddha himself encourages us to investigate, experience and understand the Dhamma for ourselves. The Sangha is here to guide and point us to the Dhamma. The talk ended with a series of questions from the audience before Ajahn Jiew led everyone in a short meditation session.

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