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Kamloops Daily News Article Features Ajahn Sona

Kamloops Buddhist Monk Teaches Path to the Simple Life
By Sylvie Paillard, Daily News Staff Reporter
Kamloops Daily News, January 21, 2013

(following a monthly 'Birken in Kamloops' talk at Let's Move Yoga Studio)

When asked to explain why his disciples always looked cheerful, the Buddha said: "They have no regret over the past, nor do they brood over the future.  They live in the present, therefore they are radiant." The comment made thousands of years ago could have been about Ajahn Sona"...

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Northwest Dharma News Features Interview with Ajahn Sona

"A Year of Living Peacefully:  Ajahn Sona's Upcoming Solitary Retreat"
Interview with Ajahn Sona
Dec. 2012 edition of Northwest Dharma News

"Somehow I hope that my students, and even those who read this article, will benefit from the mere idea that somebody is in peaceful seclusion for a year.  Somehow I hope that you can keep this image in your mind and even visit me in your mind as I sit peacefully and quietly in my kuti.  Somehow I hope that the image of one who is peaceful, who is devoting day and night to the cultivation of deep stillness, can come to your aid in the middle of a frantic day."
 

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Ajahn Sona's Year of Solitary Retreat

April 5, 2013 – April 5, 2014

Dear Friends & Supporters,

It is with great joy that we inform you that after many years of building monasteries, spreading the teachings of the Buddha all across Canada and supporting spiritual seekers from all walks of life, Ajahn Sona will soon be taking a step back from his duties as Abbot of Birken Forest Monastery to undertake a year-long solitary retreat from April 2013 – April 2014.

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