Special Events

Ven Canda & Buddha Statue

Thu 4th - Sun 7th July 2024  

Residential Retreat with Ven Canda & Laura Bridgman, for Gaia House: 

 

"The Gentle Art of Patience"

 

 

The Buddha described patience as the highest spiritual quality, yet many of us find it challenging, even unappealing.

 

Modern society so often emphasises immediate gratification through an act of will. We then bring this pressure to our meditation practice and use too much force, making the path harder than it needs to be. On the contrary, the Buddha encouraged us to focus on the causes for happiness and peace – the careful laying down of conditions that allow beautiful qualities of the heart to ripen, in their own time.

 

Developing such a patient, kind and gentle attitude enables us to stay with experience long enough to discover its beauty and depth. We learn to find contentment here and now, instead of being caught in restless seeking.

 

This retreat is organised by Gaia House. If you have queries regarding this particular retreat, please contact Gaia House direct.

Sayadaw U Jagara & Ven Canda

July 2025

A Rare Month-Long Silent Retreat in the US led by Sayadaw U Jagara and Ven Canda

 

"Wise Perspectives, Loving Attitudes"

 

in Barre, Massachusetts

 

Registration is now open at Insight Meditation Society, Forest Refuge!

 

 

Sayadaw U Jagara is Ven Canda’s long-term friend and mentor and he has invited her to assist him in teaching his annual month-long retreat at the Forest Refuge in Barre, Massachusetts. Ordained in 1979, and having lived and practiced in Sri Lanka and Burma for decades, Sayadaw has a rich understanding and practice of Buddhist teachings ~  he is a gem of wisdom in these modern times.

 
 
To understand and live life fully, wise perspectives are key. Equally important are our attitudes, which can be shaped to allow for more integration and creativity in practice. Skilful attitudes, intentions and ways of relating to life include care, respect and patience; qualities that define a benevolent mind capable of bringing profound benefit to all. 

 

This powerful combination of wise perspective and loving attitude is the foundation of the Noble Eightfold Path - there framed as samma ditthi and samma sankappa. Through strengthening these factors we empower our meditation and the bodhipakkhiya dhammas (wings of awakening) naturally come to fulfilment.

 

Emphasising wisdom and loving kindness, this retreat intends to touch on all aspects of the path, to help bring about a paradigm shift in the way we position ourselves to life.

 

 

This retreat is organised by Insight Meditation Society, Forest Refuge. If you have queries regarding this particular retreat, please contact IMS Forest Refuge directly.

Regular Events

 

Ven Canda

Zoomi Bhikkhuni:

 

Fridays - Sutta Discussion Group with Ven Canda:

Fridays: 18:45 – 20:00pm UK Time (via Zoom) 

 

Next sessions:


June 7th, 21st and 28th.

This is a wonderful way to delve into the Buddha's Teachings and apply them to our own life and practice, through discussion with the Ven Canda and our peers. Together, we go through Bhikkhu Bodhi's anthology of the Buddha's teachings on "Social & Communal Harmony," in an attempt to answer the question: "In a world of conflict and strife, how can we be advocates of peace and justice?"  

 

You are very welcome to drop in as you wish! We are now on the last chapters of the book and newcomers are welcome.

 

N.B. We will begin a new series of sutta studies after we end this book!

 

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.

 

VCZoom

Zoomi Bhikkhuni:

 

Saturday's Guided Metta Meditation and Sharing Group with Ven Canda:

Saturdays: 09:00 – 10:00am UK Time (via Zoom)

 

Next sessions:

June 1st, 8th, 22nd and 29th.

 

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.

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Buddha drawings

Zoomi Bhikkhuni:

 

Tuesday & Thursday Silent Sitting Group

Every Tuesday and Thursday 19:15 - 20:00 UK Time via Zoom - peer hosted by Matthias.

 

"Since December 2021 we have had a regular group of about 20 people coming to meditate in silence together, and people have said that they find it very supportive in developing and strengthening a regular practice. It never fails to amaze me how strongly connected we can be from afar, without even uttering a word - especially when we unite in wholesome (non) action!" ~ Ven Canda

 

Please be aware that this is NOT a guided meditation session but is intended for those who are looking for a virtual community with whom to sit silently in meditation together.

 

Please join early so Matthias can let you in before he starts meditating! 

 

JOINING LINK: click archive newsletter here.

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Ven Canda

Zoomi Bhikkhuni:

 

Pali Chanting & Blessings Group ~ Karaniya Metta Sutta

Every Wednesday 17:30 - 18:00 UK Time - Held by Ven Canda, Ven Upekkha or Manori 

 

This is an uplifting opportunity to share loving kindness and good wishes with your loved ones - or anyone you know of who could benefit from the powerful teachings and blessings of the Buddha. We begin by collecting the names of those you'd like to dedicate the chanting towards. The host then recites the Karaniya Metta Sutta and invites you to join in from the comfort of your home.

 

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

 

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