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Special Events

AB 2022

Thursday 13th January 2022, 12:00-13:30 GMT (UK Time)
 

"New Year, New Hope" ~ Q&A With Ajahn Brahm ~  

 
Now, for a surprise treat this week, we welcome you to this special question and answers session to get the New Year off to a Dhamma-filled start!
 

The session is a registration only event. Please ensure you read the information below carefully, before you book.
 
 
IMPORTANT INFORMATION!
 
~ After registering you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link. You need to keep this safe as we cannot re-send the link!
 
~ Due to high no-show rates to zoom events, we will overbook this event to ensure the best attendance possible.
 
~ Please arrive 15 minutes early on the day to ensure you get a place.
 
~ If you are not able to get in, don't panic! We will also be recording and live-streaming the event via our YouTube channel, so no one will miss out.
 
~ Please DO NOT send your questions in to us in advance. Questions will only be taken at the event itself. At that time, you will be instructed to submit your question to one of our hosts.
 
~ Please keep questions brief and limited to one per person, at the event only.
 
We wish you an inspiring, uplifting Dhamma-filled day!

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29th - 31st December 2021, 9:30-17:00 GMT each day

3-day New Year Online Retreat with Ven Canda, for Sheffield Insight: 

 

"Time To Love The Breath"

 

Do you struggle to keep your mind on the breath and wonder if you should try a different technique?

 


This retreat will explore the powerful practices of loving kindness (metta) and mindfulness of breathing (anapanasati). Together we will discover how they can work in harmony and synergy to help brighten and calm the mind, leading to insights that relieve suffering.

 


We will start by establishing an attitude of metta as a way of opening our heart to the present moment, in a non-judgemental way. This will form the basis of practice that can be returned to throughout the retreat.

 


We will also cultivate metta meditation as a joyful means to develop stillness (samadhi) and overcome restlessness and discontent; hindrances that can make it difficult to stay with a subtler meditation object like the breath. As feelings of contentment and ease develop through metta practice, mindfulness increases and the breath becomes easier and more enjoyable to watch. The stages of breath meditation may then start to unfold naturally. With guidance, we will learn to intuitively sense how loving kindness and breath meditation can be alternated or even combined, to deepen our meditation - through wisdom rather than force.

 
 
The schedule will be relaxed and include Dhamma reflections drawing on the Buddha's teachings, guided meditations and opportunities for Q&A. The retreat starts at 9:30am until 5pm each day with a lunch break from 11.30- 1.30pm. On the closing day we will share the metta phrases we have been practicing with and offer blessings out to the world.

 

Registration will open in the next week or two, so please check here for updates:

 

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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.

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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.

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Zoomi Bhikkhuni:

 

Saturday's Guided Metta Meditation and Sharing Group

Saturdays: 9 am - 10 am GMT (via Zoom)

8th January, (then a break through Feb until further notice...)

 

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 archive newsletter here.

 
N.B You will need to be signed in to your personal zoom account to access all meetings. Please refer to our easy guidelines here: Joining Zoomi Bhikkhuni.

 

Ven Canda

Zoomi Bhikkhuni:

 

Delving Deeply Into Dhamma

Sundays: 7.30 pm - 9 pm GMT (via Zoom)

9th January (Ven Canda),
23rd Jan (peer-led),
6th Feb (peer-led: "Fulfilling Buddha's Vision" documentary),
20th Feb (peer-led),
6th March (peer-led tbc),
20th March (Ven Canda)

 

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 archive newsletter here.

 
N.B You will need to be signed in to your personal zoom account to access all meetings. Please refer to our easy guidelines here: Joining Zoomi Bhikkhuni.

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.

(Ir)regular Teachings

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New: Tuesday Silent Sitting Group!

 

Zoomi Bhikkhuni:

 

Tuesday Silent Sitting Group

Every Tuesdays: 19:15 - 20:00 GMT via Zoom (please join early as you will need to be punctual to be let in!)

 

One wonderful outcome of Ajahn Brahm's "Fizz & Sparkle" retreat was a request that we continue a regular silent meditation session for our beloved community, in the same vein as the valued silent sitting session that we hold during our retreats. One of our Zoomi Bhikkhuni co-hosts, Matthias, has generously offered to host this on behalf of Anukampa for us all to join whenever we wish.
 

"Since the retreat we have had a regular group of about 20 people, so hopefully by sharing the joining link here, we can increase out combined meditation power by having more of you (physically and spiritually) present! I hope that meditating with Dhamma friends weekly will be a support for you to develop and maintain your own home practice - it never fails to amaze me how strongly connected we can be from afar distance and without even uttering a word, so I also enjoy popping from time to time." ~ Ven Canda
 
 

This is NOT a guided meditation session. The session is intended for those who are looking for a virtual community to practice together.

 

N.B You will need to be signed in to your personal zoom account to access all meetings. Please refer to our easy guidelines here: Joining Zoomi Bhikkhuni.

 

JOINING LINK: click archive newsletter here.

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Zoomi Bhikkhuni:

 

Pali Chanting & Blessings Group

Wednesdays: 17.30 - 18:00 GMT (via Zoom)

12th Jan, (no chanting in February), then resuming weekly from 9th March

 

N.B You will need to be signed in to your personal zoom account to access all meetings. Please refer to our easy guidelines here: Joining Zoomi Bhikkhuni.

 

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 archive newsletter here.

 

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

 

Ven Canda

Zoomi Bhikkhuni:

 

Friday Evening Sutta Discussion Group

Fridays: 19:15 - 20:30 GMT (via Zoom)
14th Jan (then a break through Feb)

 

THEN NEW TIME FOR MARCH ONLY:
Fridays 18:45 - 20:00 GMT!

11th, 18th & 25th March.

 

N.B You will need to be signed in to your personal zoom account to access all meetings. Please refer to our easy guidelines here: Joining Zoomi Bhikkhuni.

 

JOINING LINK: click archive newsletter here.

 

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."

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

 

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