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Special Events

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Thu 29th - Sat 31st December 2022, 10:00-17:00 GMT each day

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

 

"Time To Love The Breath"

 

This non-residential retreat will take place in person and online.
 
 

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 10am until 5pm each day with a lunch break from 12:30 - 1:30pm. On the closing day we will share the metta phrases we have been practicing with and offer blessings out to the world.

 

Further details will be available later in the year. This retreat will be organised by Sheffield Insight. If you have queries regarding this particular retreat, please contact Sheffield Insight direct.

Regular Events:

 

Ayya Soma & Ven Canda
Ayya Soma & Ven Canda

Zoomi Bhikkhuni:

 

Delving Deeply Into Dhamma

Sundays: 7.30 pm - 9 pm UK Time (via Zoom)

 

We are thrilled to announce that Venerable Candā has invited various great bhikkhunīs to offer Dhamma talks on Sunday evenings, whilst she is deepening her meditation practice on retreat. There will also be a continuation of our peer-led Dhamma discussions guided by Lia. We hope you will be inspired to deepen your meditation practice too, with the support of these teachings.
 
There will be no Sunday sessions during November. See you on the Ajahn Brahm's UK Tour from 11th Nov - 24th Nov instead !

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.

 

Buddha drawings

Zoomi Bhikkhuni:

 

Tuesday & Thursday Silent Sitting Group

Every Tuesday and Thursday 19:15 - 20:00 UK Time 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 practise 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.

Ven Canda

Zoomi Bhikkhuni:

 

Pali Chanting & Blessings Group

Every Wednesday 17.30 - 18:00 UK Time - peer led by Reny and Manori (via Zoom)

 

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.

 

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