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Special Events

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Sunday, 31st Oct 2021, 12:30 - 15.30 GMT (please note: the clocks will go back 1hr the night before this event)

Anukampa End Of Rains Celebration

With Ajahn Brahm & Ven Canda


Join us for some inspiring Dhamma teachings to celebrate the end of the three months Rains' Retreat (vassa)!


The "Kathina" festival, which originated over 2,500 years ago, celebrates the largest alms-giving ceremony of the Theravada Buddhist year. It occurs at the end of the vassa, the south-Asian monsoon rainy season. During the vassa, monastics determine to remain in one place for a full three months as Venerable Candā has just done in rural Wiltshire, for her 16th vassa in robes - and 8th as a fully ordained bhikkhuni.


Technically, a Kathina requires a Sangha of four monastics. In the spirit of Kathina, Ajahn Brahm will join us to celebrate and rouse energy through inspiring our Buddhist practice and Ven Candā looks forward to discussing your Dhamma questions and sharing metta meditation and chanting. There will also be an option to meet and connect with other members of our friendly and inclusive community.


Kathina also celebrates the offering of a robe or robe cloth and other requisites that are given to the monastics, upon completion of vassa, by the lay people. Whilst there is no robe offering this year, as far as we know, you are welcome to offer other requisite items or donations to support our monastery project and aims:


www.anukampaproject.org/donate or write to team@anukampaproject.org for ideas and suggestions for anything you may wish to offer.


Tentative Schedule: (all timings given in GMT)
12:30pm - 1:15pm Dhamma Talk by Ajahn Brahm
1:20pm - 2:00pm Guided Meditation by Ajahn Brahm
2pm - 2:15pm Tea Break
2:15pm - 3:00pm Q&A and discussion with Ven Canda
3:00pm - 3:30pm Guided Metta Meditation & Blessing by Ven Canda


N.B ~Please aim to arrive 15 minutes early to be sure to get in. Due to a 25% no-show rate on average to our events, we will overbook by 25%.


~If you only wish to attend part of the event, please watch the livestream or catch the recording instead on Anukampa Bhikkhuni Project's YouTube channel.




~ After registering, ​​you will receive a confirmation​​ email containing information about joining the meeting​​.​ Please keep this link very safe as we cannot resend it!


~ If you do not receive confirmation within 3 days, it may be that the event is full. If so, we will put you on the waiting list.


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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 after we upload them to YouTube channel.


Check the retreat schedule against your time zone here.


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.


Regular Teachings


More regular events will be announced by mid November.

Ayya Cittananda

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



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 "The Ultimate Rebellion"

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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