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Zoomi Bhikkhuni:

Friday Evening Sutta Discussion Group

 

~ changes, and last dates before the rains' retreat! ~
 
Friday 4th June and 18th June,
19:15 - 20:30 BST UK Time
(via Zoom)
Will resume on 29th October.

 
This ongoing class is suitable for beginners to sutta study as well as those familiar with the teachings of the Buddha found in the Early Buddhist texts (Sutta Pitaka). Together, we will go through Bhikkhu Bodhi's anthology of the Buddha's teachings on "Social & Communal Harmony," in a way that allows for discussion and close examination of how they can inform, inspire and deepen our practice in daily life and meditation. Whilst this is a great opportunity to gain a comprehensive overview of the teachings as we approach the material systematically over time, each session will also work as a stand alone contemplation - so you are very welcome to drop in as you wish! If you do hope to attend regularly, we highly recommend getting a personal copy of the book; however, this is not essential.

 

About "The Buddha's Teachings On Social And Communal Harmony" by Bhikkhu Bodhi:

 

 

"In a world of conflict and strife, how can we be advocates of peace and justice?

 

In this volume acclaimed scholar-monk Bhikkhu Bodhi has collected and translated the Buddha's teachings on conflict resolution, interpersonal and social problem-solving, and the forging of harmonious relationships. The selections, all drawn from the Pali Canon, the earliest record of the Buddha's discourses, are organised into ten thematic chapters. The chapters deal with such topics as right understanding, the quelling of anger, good friendship, intentional communities, the settlement of disputes, and the establishing of an equitable society. Each chapter begins with a concise and informative introduction by the translator that guides us toward a deeper understanding of the texts that follow.

 

In times of social conflict, intolerance, and war, the Buddha's approach to creating and sustaining peace takes on a new and urgent significance. Even readers unacquainted with Buddhism will appreciate these ancient teachings, always clear, practical, undogmatic, and so contemporary in flavour. The Buddha's Teachings on Social and Communal Harmony will prove to be essential reading for anyone seeking to bring peace into their communities and into the wider world."

Zoomi Bhikkhuni:

New! Friday Evening Sutta Discussion Group

 

Every Friday 19:15 - 20:30 GMT or BST UK Time ~ from 12th March via Zoom

 

This ongoing class is suitable for beginners to sutta study as well as those familiar with the teachings of the Buddha found in the Early Buddhist texts (Sutta Pitaka). Together, we will go through Bhikkhu Bodhi's anthology of the Buddha's teachings on "Social & Communal Harmony," in a way that allows for discussion and close examination of how they can inform, inspire and deepen our practice in daily life and meditation. Whilst this is a great opportunity to gain a comprehensive overview of the teachings as we approach the material systematically over time, each session will also work as a stand alone contemplation - so you are very welcome to drop in as you wish! If you do hope to attend regularly, we highly recommend getting a personal copy of the book; however, this is not essential.

 

About "The Buddha's Teachings On Social And Communal Harmony" by Bhikkhu Bodhi:

 

 

"In a world of conflict and strife, how can we be advocates of peace and justice?

 

In this volume acclaimed scholar-monk Bhikkhu Bodhi has collected and translated the Buddha's teachings on conflict resolution, interpersonal and social problem-solving, and the forging of harmonious relationships. The selections, all drawn from the Pali Canon, the earliest record of the Buddha's discourses, are organised into ten thematic chapters. The chapters deal with such topics as right understanding, the quelling of anger, good friendship, intentional communities, the settlement of disputes, and the establishing of an equitable society. Each chapter begins with a concise and informative introduction by the translator that guides us toward a deeper understanding of the texts that follow.

 

In times of social conflict, intolerance, and war, the Buddha's approach to creating and sustaining peace takes on a new and urgent significance. Even readers unacquainted with Buddhism will appreciate these ancient teachings, always clear, practical, undogmatic, and so contemporary in flavour. The Buddha's Teachings on Social and Communal Harmony will prove to be essential reading for anyone seeking to bring peace into their communities and into the wider world."

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

Special Events

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29th - 31st December 2021 UK Time

3-day New Year Non-Residential Retreat by Venerable Canda 

 

Sheffield Insight intend to offer a 3 day non-residential retreat led by Venerable Canda, in Sheffield, to end the year.

 

Further details will be confirmed nearer the time as these will be dependent on any covid related restrictions that might apply to the number of people able to attend and of course, as to whether we are able to attend in person or online.

 

Find out more here.

 

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Mon 6th - Sun 12th Dec 2021 UK Time

Seven Day Online Meditation Retreat with Ajahn Brahm & Ven Canda: 

 

"Emboldening The Mind With Fizz And Sparkle!" 

 

"Ajahn Brahm and Ven Canda create a really safe, supportive and nurturing environment. It softens the heart. The teachings are wise and profound but delivered in a way that is funny, sensitive and warm hearted. They lead by example in how to act through love, acceptance and compassion. I am glad I have found such teachers."

 
~ Patricia, a participant in Ajahn Brahm & Ven Canda's "Bliss Upon Bliss" online retreat, November 2020

 

 

Meditation is profound, sublime and life-changing, yet it takes courage to go against the stream of craving and embody kindness and gentleness in a world that often seems harsh. Courage can also be an important quality in meditation practice. As we go inside, we come face to face with our own attachments and hindrances, which limit mindfulness, prevent stillness and weaken our ability to see the inner and outer world clearly.

 

Happily, deep, transcending experiences are also full of joy and as we practice, an ever-increasing mental pleasure becomes the main impersonal force that pushes through the obstacles we face.

 

In this retreat, the teachers will show how we can nurture happiness and a love of peace so that inner tranquillity blossoms easily, like a fragrant lotus of luminous beauty. Inspiration flows from within and emboldens courage in the mind, enabling us to live with authenticity, and to gradually let go and perceive the liberating Dhamma (Truth) as The Buddha timelessly taught.

 
 

Tentative schedule (8:30 on 6th Dec ~ 15:00 on 12th Dec UK time) 

 

The retreat starts at 8:30 on Monday 6th Dec, and finishes at 15:00 on Sunday 12th Dec. On the last day, there will be an opportunity to share your experience with other retreatants. The schedule is deliberately designed to be spacious and allow for plenty of personal practice time and rest, so that you can take a break from the screen and find a supportive rhythm and pace. You will be guided as to how best to make use of your personal practice time and given instructions in walking meditation.

 

08:30 – 10:00  Dhamma talk, guided meditation and precepts (Ajahn Brahm)

10:00 – 12:00  Lunch for those on 8 precepts

12:00 – 13:30  Teaching and discussion (Ajahn Brahm)

13:30 – 14.30  Lunch or rest

14:30 – 18:00  Personal practice period

18:00 – 19:15  Tea or dinner

19:30 – 21:00  Short talk, guided meditation and Q&A (Ven Canda)

 

Full time attendance – including the personal practice period – is necessary for this retreat, so you can experience the full potential of the practice. 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!) Places are limited to 93, so we kindly ask that if you only want to attend the teacher-led sessions, to please watch them via our Facebook live-stream, or after we upload them to our YouTube channel.

 

Check the retreat schedule against your time zone here.

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

 

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Sunday, 31st Oct 2021, 12:30 - 15.30 GMT - UK Time

Anukampa End Of Rains ("Mini Kathina") Celebration
 

With Ajahn Brahm & Ven Canda

 
 

Tentative Schedule:
 
12:30 - 13:15 Dhamma Talk by Ajahn Brahm
13:20 - 14:00 Guided Meditation by Ajahn Brahm
14:00 - 14:15 Tea Break
14:15 - 15:00 Q&A and discussion with Ven Canda
15:00 - 15:30pm Guided Metta Meditation & Blessing by Ven Canda

 
Registration is free and will open a few days before the event. Watch this space or sign up to our newsletter.

Saturday, 20th March 2021, 9:30 - 17:00 GMT

Online Day Retreat with Ven Canda, for Bristol Insight: "Power Mindfulness" 

 

 

Mindfulness has many benefits to our health and wellbeing. Looking at mindfulness in the context of the Buddha’s teachings, opens up the path to experiencing its full power and how it awakens our potential as human beings.

 

The mind becomes empowered through letting it settle in stillness. This day retreat will show how to truly rest our mind and explore mindfulness at a deeper level. Ven. Candā will teach how to overcome the hindrances that prevent our active mind from calming down and how we can redirect our energy to supercharge our innate wisdom and sense of happiness.

 

The day will include periods of sitting and walking meditation, Dhamma reflections and an opportunity for Q&A.

 

 

Please contact Bristol Insight for any queries you may have.

Regular Teachings

Ven Canda

Zoomi Bhikkhuni:

 

Pali Chanting & Blessings Group

Wednesdays: 5.30 pm - 6.00 pm GMT or BST (every Wednesday - except 19th May)

 

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.

 

JOINING LINK: click here archive newsletter

 

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

 

Click here Karaniya Metta Sutta for Text in English and Pali language.

 

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Zoomi Bhikkhuni:

 

Guided Metta Meditation and Sharing Group

Every 2nd & 4th Saturday: 9 am - 10 am GMT or BST (via Zoom)

 

Next Meeting: Sat 13th March (no sessions 22nd May).

 

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.

 

JOINING LINK: 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 GMT or BST (via Zoom)

 

Next Meeting: Sun 21st Mar (no session 16th May)

 

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.

 

JOINING LINK: click here archive newsletter

 

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

 

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Thursday 25th March 2021, 8:30 - 17:00 GMT / UK Time

Ajahn Brahm & Ven Canda: 

Special Online Day Retreat 

 

"The Calm In The Eye Of The Storm"

 

 

In this day retreat organised by Anukampa, Ajahn Brahm shows us how we can build a reservoir of freedom and peace within, even when everything is chaos on the outside. Ven Canda will also offer reflections, meditation instructions and further exploration of the theme, in her afternoon sessions.

 

The day will be filled with warmth, humour and practical tips for developing the mind, using personal anecdotes and teachings from the Buddhist texts.

 

 

The rough outline of the retreat is as follows: (GMT / UK Time)

 

08:30 - 10:00 am Dhamma Talk and Meditation with Ajahn Brahm
10:00 - 10:30 am Walking Meditation
12:30 - 02:00 pm Guided Meditation and Q&A with Ajahn Brahm
02:00 - 02:30 pm Walking meditation
02:30 - 03:00 pm Silent meditation with Ven Canda
03:00 - 03:15 pm Tea Break
03:15 - 04:30 pm Dhamma Talk and Q&A with Ven Canda
04:30 - 05:00 pm Guided Metta Meditation with Ven Canda and closing words

 

Please note that this retreat is strictly for those in the UK/Europe time zone only (or the east coast of the US if you are willing to adopt forest monastery time and rise early!). Please do not apply from other time zones, as places are very limited. Instead, you can watch via the Facebook live-stream.

 

Full time attendance is necessary for this retreat.

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Special Summer Dhamma Programme

July - Oct 2021
 

Ayya’s Anandabodhi & Cittananda and Peer-led Groups!

1st & 3rd Sunday: 7:30 pm - 9 pm GMT or BST (via Zoom)

 

Ayya Anandabodhi and Ayya Cittananda are much-loved, wise bhikkhunis and have both taught online for Anukampa before. They kindly wish to support our community during Ven Canda's vassa, or rains' retreat  (they have their longer retreat in the winter time), by offering a couple of teacher-led sessions each. These take place on the 1st Sunday's of each month, ending in October. Sessions include a guided meditation, a themed Dhamma Talk and an opportunity for Q&A.

 

Lia and Shirley will facilitate peer-led groups on the 3rd Sunday's of each month, ending in October. These sessions include a silent meditation, a videoed Dhamma talk or documentary, a community discussion and an opportunity to share in small groups. Please do come along to benefit from and contribute to supporting our Zoomi Bhikkhuni community. As the Buddha famously said: "Spiritual friendship is the entire spiritual life." SN 45:2

 

Programme:

July 4th Teacher-led session with Ayya Cittananda
July 18th Peer-led session with Lia
Aug 1st Ayya Cittananda
Aug 15th Peer-led session with Shirley
Sep 5th Ayya Anandabodhi "Wise Attention"
Sep 19th Peer-led session with Lia "The Buddha's Forgotten Nuns" documentary
Oct 3rd Ayya Anandabodhi "Loving & Letting Go"
Oct 17th Peer-led session with Lia
Oct 24th: Special post-retreat talk with Ven Canda

...to be continued, watch this space!

 
JOINING LINK: The joining link is the same as for our regular Sunday sessions, see our archive newsletter here.

 

N.B You will need to be signed in to your personal zoom account to access all meetings. For technical information on how to join please click here: Joining Zoomi Bhikkhuni

 

About Our Guest Teachers

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Ayya Cittananda has spent many years on the Buddhist path, after an inspiring philosophy class at university led her to spend time practicing in monasteries. After completing a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing and working at a hospital as a registered nurse in Texas, she lived as a novice nun at a small Pure Land/Chan monastery in Florida for a year before moving to California. She spent two years living and working in Redwood Valley, made daily visits to Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery, and sat several long retreats at various monasteries and meditation centers.


She left Redwood Valley in 2013 in search of a place to ordain as a Theravadan nun, spending six months at the Ajahn Chah lineage monasteries in England and Scotland. She also spent seven months at Aloka Vihara in Placerville, helping the nuns settle into their new monastery. Ayya Cittananda took Anagarika precepts at KBV in March of 2015, Samaneri ordination in April of 2016, and Bhikkhuni ordination in May of 2018 at Buddhi Vihara in Santa Clara, California.


She lives at Karuna Buddhist Vihara, a small bhikkhuni hermitage located in the Santa Cruz mountains in northern California.

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Ayya Anandabodhi, originally from Wales, has lived as a Buddhist nun in the Forest Tradition since 1992, spending 17 years, ....

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Ayya Anandabodhi, originally from Wales, has lived as a Buddhist nun in the Forest Tradition since 1992, spending 17 years in Amaravati and Chithurst monasteries before moving to the United States in 2009 to help establish Aloka Vihara, a Buddhist monastery for women.


In 2011 she took full ordination as a bhikkhuni, with Ayya Tathaaloka as her preceptor, joining the growing number of women who are reclaiming this lineage given by the Buddha. Her practice combines meditation in nature, studying the early Buddhist suttas and living in community. She teaches Dhamma on a regular basis in her local area and occasionally further afield.

Peer-Led Groups

 

Sunday 17th Oct, 7:30 pm - 9 pm GMT or BST (via Zoom)

 

Lia and Shirley will facilitate peer-led groups on the 3rd Sunday's of each month, ending in October the 17th. These sessions include a silent meditation, a videoed Dhamma talk or documentary, a community discussion and an opportunity to share in small groups. Please do come along to benefit from and contribute to supporting our Zoomi Bhikkhuni community. As the Buddha famously said: "Spiritual friendship is the entire spiritual life." SN 45:2

 

Programme:

Oct 17th Peer-led session with Lia

 
JOINING LINK: The joining link is the same as for our regular Sunday sessions, see our archive newsletter here.

 

N.B You will need to be signed in to your personal zoom account to access all meetings. For technical information on how to join please click here: Joining Zoomi Bhikkhuni

 

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Special post-retreat talk with Ven Canda

 

"The Ultimate Rebellion"

Sunday, 24th Oct, 7:30 pm - 9 pm BST (via Zoom)

 

Ven Canda will emerge from the long retreat and teach us on Sunday the 24th Oct.
 

 
JOINING LINK: The joining link is the same as for our regular Sunday sessions, see our archive newsletter here.

 

N.B You will need to be signed in to your personal zoom account to access all meetings. For technical information on how to join please click here: Joining Zoomi Bhikkhuni

 

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Saturday, 10th April 2021, 12:30 - 14:30 pm BST / UK Time

Hard Questions To A Soft Teacher ~ Part 3

 

Bring your burning questions on deep Dhamma to this Q&A session where Ajahn will unreservedly share his wisdom. There is a maximum capacity for 100 to join via zoom, so do arrive early. If we are full, you can watch us live via Anukampa Bhikkhuni Project's Facebook page instead.

 

The session will start with a brief introduction and Dhamma Reflection, followed by Q&A, a short meditation in the middle and further Q&A in the second half.

 

N.B This event does not require registration, but you will need to be signed in to your personal zoom account to access the meeting. Aim to arrive 15 minutes early and refer to our easy access guidelines here.

 

~For security reasons please do not share links on social media.

 

JOINING LINK: click here archive newsletter

 

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

 

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Saturday 17th Apr 2021, 10:00 - 16:00 BST / UK Time

Online Day With Venerable Canda, for Bodhi Tree Brighton: "Patience & Forgiveness" 

 

Patience and forgiveness are two powerful spiritual qualities praised by the Buddha. They are indespensible to having healthy relationships with ourselves and with others, and also function as beautiful antidotes to wanting and aversion - the main hindrances to happiness in meditation and in everyday life.

 

Patience does not mean waiting for a better, more pleasant experience to arrive in the future, but is rather a wholehearted, radical acceptance of the present moment with all it's imperfections. When we are searching for our happiness in the future, or carrying the pain of the past, we are separated from the beauty, freedom and joy available here and now.

 

This retreat will explore how we can develop patience and forgiveness, to gently release longing and resentment and arrive more fully where we are. As we learn to wait in the moment, with a kind, gentle and forgiving attitude, the mind settles and starts moving inward - against the current of craving - to where contentment, peace and deep insight lie.

 

The day will include Dhamma reflections, guided and walking meditation and an opportunity for Q&A.

This retreat is organised by Bodhi Tree Brighton. Please contact the organiser for any queries you may have.

 

MORE DETAILS & REGISTRATION HERE

 

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Thursday, 27th May 2021 UK Time

Anukampa Vesak Celebration 

With Ajahn Brahm & Ven Canda

 

 

This year again we are having a virtual event to celebrate Vesak, the most important day in the Buddhist calendar. Vesak commemorates the birth, enlightenment and Parinibbana (passing away) of the Buddha and it is usually celebrated on the full moon day of May.

 

Each Buddhist culture has its own traditions of celebrating Vesak, but generally people take the time on this day to observe 8 precepts, reflect on Buddha’s teachings, bring offerings to the Vihara and do wholesome deeds.

 

Since we still cannot meet in person, we welcome you to join us online via zoom. Be inspired and uplifted by a Dhamma talk and meditation with Ajahn Brahm and Q&A with Ven Canda, renew your commitment to the Buddhist Path by taking the (optional) Refuges & Precepts, and meet old and new Dhamma friends! If you are interested in formally becoming a Buddhist, you could also take this opportunity to make a commitment to living a life of harmlessness on this very special day.

 

 

Vesak Schedule:

 

13:00 – 13:45 Dhamma Talk (Ajahn Brahm)
13:50 – 14:30 Guided "Vesak" Meditation (Ajahn Brahm)
14:30 – 14:50 Refuges and precepts (Ajahn Brahm)
14:50 – 15:00 Tea Break
15:00 – 16:00 Q&A, discussion groups, closing metta meditation & blessing (Ven Canda)

 

Four Important Notes ~ Please read!

 

1. Full time attendance is necessary as places are limited.
2. Due to an average 25% no-show rate, even at registered events, we will overbook this event by 25%. To be sure you get a place, please arrive early at 12.45pm BST.
3. If you need to cancel at any time, please use the link at the bottom of your booking confirmation email, which includes the Zoom link.
4. Please keep your confirmation email handy - we cannot re-send the link!

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Sunday 16th - Sunday 23rd May 2021 BST / UK Time

Special Eight Day Online Meditation Retreat with Ajahn Brahmali & Ven Canda! 

 

"Why We Suffer & How We Get Free"

(N.B. This retreat was previously called "Why? Suffering & It's End," but is exactly the same retreat!)"

 

 

Everything is conditioned ~ thus spoke the Buddha!

 

In this 8-day retreat we will be looking at two of the Buddha's famous causal sequences: dependent origination and dependent liberation, with the main focus on the latter. Together they reveal the entire course of the human experience through and beyond this world, to nibbana.

 

Whilst dependent origination details why and how suffering arises, dependent liberation shows how, by coming in contact with and developing confidence in the Buddha's teachings, that same suffering can take a completely different direction and lead us step by step towards freedom. Dependent liberation (sometimes called "transcendental dependent origination") is therefore a supremely uplifting teaching that shows how the Path is to be experienced as a sequence of ever deepening joy and peace, ending in the highest liberation.

 

How do we get this sequence going? And how do we sustain it to the very end? Through their offering of Dhamma reflections, guided meditations and Q&A sessions, Ajahn Brahmali and Venerable Canda will gently guide us in exploring and implementing the supporting conditions for our greatest happiness. Follow the instructions in their fullness and awakening is guaranteed!

 

 

Full time attendance is necessary for this retreat.

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Sunday 9th May 2021, 10:00 - 17:00 BST / UK Time

Online Day Retreat With Ven Canda, for London Insight: "Beautifying The Mind"

 

Do you sometimes find meditation difficult or frustrating – and simply trying harder doesn’t work? Fortunately, the Buddha knew that because the mind is conditioned, it can be trained. There is nothing wrong with you; most often, obstacles arise because we haven’t put enough preparation in place.

This retreat will explore wise ways of using thought and perception in daily life to beautify and uplift the heart with qualities like gratitude, patience, forgiveness and peace. We will also draw out the often overlooked aspect of mindfulness as “Gatekeeper” and discuss how we might employ it in meditation to keep friends at home and intruders out.

 

As confidence grows in our ability to incline towards wholesome states, the Noble Eightfold Path may start to appear like a super highway to unconditional happiness, that is applicable and beneficial to every aspect of our life.

 

The day will be gentle and include periods of sitting and walking meditation, Dhamma reflections and an opportunity for Q&A..

This retreat is organised by London Insight. Please contact the organiser for any queries you may have.

 

MORE DETAILS & REGISTRATION HERE