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Special Events

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Sat 31st July - Fri 6th August 2021 UK Time

Global Metta Meditation Retreat 

For Ajahn Brahm's 70th Birthday 

 

 

Please click this link to join the Global Metta Retreat and for more information on the session:

 

https://ajahnbrahm70th.org/global-metta-meditation-retreat/

 

Clicking this link any time will activate the Trailer, which will run until the start of the first session at 21.00 UK time (BST) on Saturday 31st July. After that, the same link will activate the current meditation guidance session. Even though the link may remain active for a short period we encourage you to start the meditation at the exact nominated time to enjoy the strength of global coordination. The link will only activate the Trailer or the next meditation guidance session after that time.

 

Ven Canda's teaching sessions will be at the following times:
1. Sun Aug 1st 3.00am BST/ i.e. 10.00am Perth
2. Tues Aug 3rd 18.00pm BST/ i.e. Wed Aug 4th 1.00 am Perth
3. Fri Aug 6th 6.00am BST/ i.e. Fri Aug 6th 13.00pm Perth

 

This programme organised by the Buddhist Society of Western Australia offers an opportunity for all meditators to honour, with reverence and respect by practising the Noble Path, our esteemed Dhamma Teacher and spiritual guide, Ajahn Brahm.

 

A coordinated group Metta Meditation Retreat is a fitting tribute to mark the occasion of Ajahn Brahm’s 70th birthday because loving kindness is one of Ajahn Brahm's strongest qualities, that he both emphasises in meditation and suffuses us with.

 

Together we will meditate and share the merit of our practice so that Ajahn Brahm may continue to have good health, live a long life immersed in the supreme bliss of the Dhamma and continue imparting his profound wisdom to all beings everywhere for a long time to come.

 

Guidance for meditation will be provided by senior members of the Sangha (including Ven Canda) and streamed online via a YouTube channel at designated times.

 

Schedule:

 

The meditation program will run over six days, leading up to other wholesome activities planned for Ajahn's 70th Birthday.

 

All timings given below are in UK (BST) Time:

 

The first session starts at 9:00 pm on Saturday, 31st July and the last session is at 6:00 am on Friday, 6th August, to facilitate participation by meditators in various time zones.

 

Saturday, 31st July to Thursday, 05 August:

21:00 to 22:00 pm,
12:00 to 1:00 am,
3:00 to 4:00 am,
6:00 to 7:00 am,
9:00 to 10:00 am,
12:00 to 13:00 pm,
and 15:00 to 16:00 pm,

 

Friday, 6th August:,

The guided sessions will be streamed at the stated times above except that the last session will be the one at 6:00 am.

 
 

~ Registration for international participants for this event is now open. Click here to register.

 
 

~ For more information about other ways to celebrate Ajahn's birthday please see the special birthday website here.

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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.

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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

 

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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

 

Programme:

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

...to be continued, watch this space!

 
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

 

About Our Guest Teachers

Ayya Cittananda

Ayya Cittananda has spent many years on the Buddhist path, after an inspiring philosophy class at university led her to ....

Ayya Cittananda has spent many years on the Buddhist path, after an inspiring philosophy class at university led her to spend time practicing in monasteries. After completing a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing and working at a hospital as a registered nurse in Texas, she lived as a novice nun at a small Pure Land/Chan monastery in Florida for a year before moving to California. She spent two years living and working in Redwood Valley, made daily visits to Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery, and sat several long retreats at various monasteries and meditation centers.


She left Redwood Valley in 2013 in search of a place to ordain as a Theravadan nun, spending six months at the Ajahn Chah lineage monasteries in England and Scotland. She also spent seven months at Aloka Vihara in Placerville, helping the nuns settle into their new monastery. Ayya Cittananda took Anagarika precepts at KBV in March of 2015, Samaneri ordination in April of 2016, and Bhikkhuni ordination in May of 2018 at Buddhi Vihara in Santa Clara, California.


She lives at Karuna Buddhist Vihara, a small bhikkhuni hermitage located in the Santa Cruz mountains in northern California.

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Ayya Anandabodhi, originally from Wales, has lived as a Buddhist nun in the Forest Tradition since 1992, spending 17 years, ....

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Ayya Anandabodhi, originally from Wales, has lived as a Buddhist nun in the Forest Tradition since 1992, spending 17 years in Amaravati and Chithurst monasteries before moving to the United States in 2009 to help establish Aloka Vihara, a Buddhist monastery for women.


In 2011 she took full ordination as a bhikkhuni, with Ayya Tathaaloka as her preceptor, joining the growing number of women who are reclaiming this lineage given by the Buddha. Her practice combines meditation in nature, studying the early Buddhist suttas and living in community. She teaches Dhamma on a regular basis in her local area and occasionally further afield.

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