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The Rains Retreat

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Rains Retreat Announcement:

4th July - 4th October 2020

 

From Saturday 4th July until Sunday 4th October Ven Canda is on a three month silent retreat. This is the first time in history that any Theravada Bhikkhuni is spending the vassa (traditional monastic "rains retreat") supported as a bhikkhuni in a designated bhikkhuni dwelling in the UK.

 

The set up is the result of over four years of dedicated hard work and will offer enormous potential for guarding the five senses, continuous Kindfulness in all activities, contentment and physical seclusion ~ the foundations for deep meditation practice.

 

We hope that knowing Ven Canda is taking such steps in the Dhamma will be of great inspiration and encourage you in your own practice.

 

We look forward to seeing you again in October to share insights from this special practice period, whether in person or online.

 

In the meantime, to support you on your journey, you can find many Dhamma teachings from Ajahn Brahm, Ven Canda, Ajahn Brahmali and more on our Youtube channel here.

 

Regular Teachings

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Zoomi Bhikkhuni:

 

Pali Chanting & Blessings Group

Wednesdays: 5.30 pm - 6.00 pm (every Wednesday from 7th Oct 2020, via Zoom)

 

This group is for those interested in learning some Pali chanting, such as the Karaniya Metta Sutta and more. At the beginning of each session we will call the names of people who would appreciate a blessing, so please join and make your dedications known.

 

To find the link for this session please click here: archive newsletter

 

For technical information on how to join please click here: Joining Zoomi Bhikkhuni

 

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Zoomi Bhikkhuni:

 

Guided Metta Meditation and Sharing Group

Every 2nd & 4th Saturday: 9 am - 10 am (from 10th October 2020, via Zoom)

 

(Following dates: Oct 24th, Nov 7th, (Nov 21st cancelled due to our online retreat), Dec 12th, Dec 26th tbc.)

 

What better way to start the weekend than expanding our heart with the powerful, sublime practice of loving kindness and a gentle check-in with friends? This group will help us bring the benefits of metta into our lives in a truly transformative way.

 

To find the link for this session please click here: archive newsletter

 

For technical information on how to join please click here: Joining Zoomi Bhikkhuni

 

Ven Canda

Zoomi Bhikkhuni:

 

Delving Deeply Into Dhamma

Every 1st & 3rd Sunday: 7.30 pm - 9 pm (from 18th October 2020, via Zoom)

(Following dates: Oct 18th, Nov 1st, Nov 15th, Dec 6th, Dec 20th)

 

These sessions will include a half hour guided meditation, followed by a themed Dhamma Talk and an opportunity for discussion and Q&A. This is a rare chance to receive personal guidance in your practice and tune in to the loving support of our wonderful community during the pandemic.

 

To find the link for this session please click here: archive newsletter

 

For technical information on how to join please click here: Joining Zoomi Bhikkhuni

 

Events

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Saturday, 24th October 2020, 13:30 - 16:30 pm BST

End of Rains Dhamma Ceremony: Delighting In Sharing

 

Tehani, our previous Treasurer, has very kindly arranged a wonderful afternoon for us to celebrate the end of the first Bhikkhuni Vassa (rains' retreat for a fully ordained nun or nuns) ever to take place in the UK in a designated bhikkhuni dwelling. We hope the timing makes it possible for friends from every hemisphere to join us online and share in the offering of a new monastic robe.

 

Tentative Schedule:

 

13:30 - Settling in and warm welcome
14:00 - Offering of a monastic robe and chanting
             Refuges and precepts (optional)
             Guided meditation
15:00 - Tea break
15:15 - Dhamma talk and Q&A
16:30 - End

 

To find the link for this session please click here: archive newsletter

 

For technical information on how to join please click here: Joining Zoomi Bhikkhuni

 

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Thursday 19th Nov - Tuesday 24th Nov 2020

Six Day Online Meditation Retreat with Ajahn Brahm & Ven Canda! 

 

"Bliss Upon Bliss Upon Bliss: A Deep Dive Into Breath Meditation"

 

 

In this retreat, Ajahn Brahm will guide us through the Anapanassati Sutta (MN: 118), using his own translation and powerful depth of experience as a true meditation master. In her evening sessions, Ven Canda will encourage skillful perceptions that can complement and empower meditation on the breath, such as loving kindness, joy, trust, letting go and contentment.

 

This is the first time Ajahn Brahm and Ven Canda are teaching a retreat together, so we are very excited! It will include three 1.5 hr sessions daily; one morning and one early afternoon session with Ajahn Brahm and one evening session with Ven Canda, finishing in the afternoon of the last day. The schedule is spacious and allows for plenty of personal practice/ rest time, so you can take a break from the screen and find your own rhythm and pace.

 

Full time attendance is necessary for this retreat, so you can get the most out of it. Due to the timing it will therefore work best for people in the UK and Europe (or the east coast of the US if you are willing to adopt forest monastery time and rise early!) If you are not able to commit to the whole retreat, don't worry. Most of it will be livestreamed and later uploaded to our Youtube channel.

 

Tentative schedule (GMT)

08:30 - 10:00 am Morning Dhamma Talk and Meditation with Ajahn Brahm
12:00 - 13:30 pm Afternoon Session on the Anapanassati Sutta and discussion with Ajahn Brahm
13:30 - 14.30 pm Lunch or rest
14:30 - 18:00 pm Personal practice period
18:00 - 19:15 pm Tea or Dinner (optional 5 or 8 precepts)
19:30 - 21:00 pm Short Reflection, Guided Meditation and Q&A with Ven Canda

 

Applications will open in late October, be announced in our next newsletter and require a modest registration fee to ensure your place. So, book time off work and save the dates!

Our Residential Retreats are very popular and places will be fully booked within a day or two.

 

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