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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

17:15 – 18:00 Optional silent group meditation

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 after we upload them to our YouTube channel.

 

Check the retreat schedule against your time zone here.

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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 practising with and offer blessings out to the world.

 

(Ir)regular Teachings ~ Nov 2021 - Jan 2022

 

~Please note that the dates are different from usual to accommodate other events.

Ven Canda

Zoomi Bhikkhuni:

 

Pali Chanting & Blessings Group

Wednesdays: 5.30 pm - 6.00 pm GMT (via Zoom)
Thursday 11th November (postponed from Wednesday 10th due to property viewing);
17th, 24th November;
1st, 15th, 22nd December;
5th, 12th Jan...to be continued.

 

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)
12th, 26th November;
3rd, 17th, 24th December;
7th January...to be continued.

 

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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Zoomi Bhikkhuni:

 

Saturday's Guided Metta Meditation and Sharing Group

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

Sat 13th, 27th November;
4th, 18th December;
1st, 8th January.

 

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)

Sunday 21st November (Q&A),
19th December,
9th January.

 

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.

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