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Introductions and A Few Questions
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5/7/17 5:44 PM
Hey guys,

I have just stumbled upon this community recently after having found MCTB. I'm fairly new to meditation but I've familarised myself with the territory (at least intellectually) and am committed to practising with an eye towards stream entry. 

I was wondering if any of you guys had done a retreat at the Manohara Forest Meditation Centre here in Australia and if so, could share your impressions of it? Do you think this would be an appropriate place for a contemplative-rookie?

Lastly, what kind of monetary contribution per day to retreat centers is appropriate? If it is relevant, I am a student so not exactly flush with cash.

Cheers guys, I look forward to being a part of the forum - Josh

RE: Introductions and A Few Questions
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5/9/17 3:40 AM as a reply to O'lorin.
For Down Under lowdown, I would get in touch with Nick Halay at The Hamilton Project Blogspot

Also check out Subhana Barzaghi

Also, see if you can find Sayadaw U Pandita, Junior, who, last I heard was at Dhamma Sukha near Melbourne.

RE: Introductions and A Few Questions
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5/9/17 3:43 AM as a reply to Daniel M. Ingram.
Ahh awesome. Sayadaw is actually going to be guiding a meditation sesh around 10 minutes from where I live on Thursday!

Thanks for the headsup.

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5/9/17 3:51 AM as a reply to O'lorin.
Nice! Hey, if you can get his contact information and current wereabouts and a good website if there is one for him, that would be great!

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5/9/17 4:54 AM as a reply to Daniel M. Ingram.
Sure. So according to their facebook page he is the resident abbot at the Manohara Meditation Centre now - https://www.facebook.com/pg/manohara251/about/?ref=page_internal.  Unfortunately they do not list a phone number.

It also seems like he is indefinetely doing weekly instruction at the Buddhist Society of Victoria. Contact information here -http://bsv.net.au/about-us/contact-us/.

I will ask if he has a direct line when I see him.

RE: Introductions and A Few Questions
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6/2/17 5:42 AM as a reply to Daniel M. Ingram.
Hey btw I finally managed to find a phone number for his centre as well. It is 61394361425. He is away until mid-July though.

RE: Introductions and A Few Questions
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6/5/17 4:23 AM as a reply to O'lorin.
Thanks!