October Newsbyte

October NEWSBYTE

Trust all is well!

Treasurer’s Note below
All Past Tips

 Tip o’ the Day below
Silence

 

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Diary

I shall be on my travels soon. Just in case you want to join me, you can see where I am here: http://www.satipanya.org.uk/away-calendar/

We’ve done a lot of little works on the property: a new shed has gone up. Scroll to the bottom: New Shed

We’ve finished dressing the Parinibbana Statue at the head of the pond  and we’ve had to do some Health and Safety work on the bore hole.

We had the grass taken from the meadow and it will feed a horse. I feel better about that.

As usual I feel a bit drained after the eleven week course, but I have a short two weeks to recoup.

John’s still here! Sadhu! He did the ground work for the shed and he and Richard (our Treasurer) put it up.

Announcements

Winter Mahasi :  Sat. 13 January – Sun. 11 March : 

I started a new long session of retreats last year and now mean to continue it indefinitely.

It is an eight weeks long and runs along the same lines as the Summer Mahasi,  except – only those can apply who have done at least one full week retreat here with any of the teachers or a week with a recognized Mahasi teacher.

Applications are open at the end of August as from now

Right Livelihood Forum with Noirin:

The next 'Right Livelihood Forum' will start in October. This year's course focuses on the Four Noble Truths, suggesting how we might work with these in meditation and daily life. 

'Its unfortunately easy to lose ourselves in busyness once we leave the retreat setting. Right Livelihood requires that we keep treading the path within the complexity of daily life and our on-line courses provide valuable support for this challenge.'
To register or for further information contact noirinsheahan@gmail.com                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
 ***Assistants Needed:           Mahasi Two Week Retreat : Noirin Sheahan : Sat. 07 Oct.  – Sun. 22 October 
                                                      Autumn Mahasi Retreat :  Noirin Sheahan : 04 Nov. – 26 Nov.

Karuna Book: Every morning at puja we call the names of those who are sick or dying, or are having a hard time. 

Mudita Book: Every evening at puja we call the names of those who have something to rejoice about.

Treasurer’s Appeal

We have done amazingly well since the Trust was established in 2003 and it is more and more supportive of a strong meditative atmosphere. In all, over the past 14 years, in excess of £900,000 has been raised. All praise to our donors!

The last part of the development of the centre, the annexe of 8 rooms, has been completed and has been in use since June 2017.

There are still developments:

We need to refurbish the kitchen (£15.000) which is our last great expenditure on the buildings as such will be done this December.

The toilet in the Bungalow (£5,000), hopefully next June.

Installing the air source heating system. (£25,000) … whenever.

It would enhance the property if we could buy the copse of wood (£7,000) that borders the property.

There is a very large shed that borders the property. We need to buy it, should the field and property come up for sale. We don't want someone building a house there or using it to house cattle. It would impinge upon the peaceable use of our centre. We don’t know how much that will cost. If planning permission is given to build on it, it could cost up to £30,000. That’s what the owner mentioned. It would, of course, mean that we could build on it. I think there may be enough people around to form a small community.

There are also some pet projects that Bhante would like to see materialise. One is a statue of the Buddha offering protection for the island at the entrance. Cast in brass that would be £10,000.

And there is also in the distant future a small dwelling for personal retreats.

We had some problems with the accommodation block after a change in design, when an inspection lead to an unforeseen large cost to comply with fire regulations.  Fortunately a member was kind enough to make us a substantial loan, which helped us cover this cost in the short term. We are now committed to paying her back over the next six months or so.

But enough for now. So please, consider a donation if you have not given one before. And if you are already giving, a small addition would be gratefully received.

You can donate single and continuing gifts via PayPal:    http://www.satipanya.org.uk/donations/

However, if you prefer to offer by way of Internet Banking the details are below.

£1.00 a week is a worthy gift!

Richard Benjamin
Treasurer on behalf of the Trustees.

DEPOSIT A/C Bank Mandates only:
Account Name: Satipanya Buddhist Trust
Account Number: 91 49 81 34
Sort Code:  40 34 31
Bank Address:  HSBC, 42 Courtenay Street, Newton Abbot, Devon TQ12 2EB, UK
International Bank Account Number: GB32HBUK40343191498134
Branch Identifier Code:  HBUKGB4166W

The Complete Calendar for 2017

Download PDF Calendar 2017

Assistants Needed

N.B. All the courses are serviced by assistants.
As an assistant, we do not expect payment of the deposit because you have kindly offered your time.
And as usual any dana by you is entirely in your gift.
However, your commitment is essential, for the course would be very difficult to run without an assistant and may indeed have to be cancelled.

 If you are interested, follow this link: Course Assistant

 For info. about Retreats and teachers see website www.satipanya.org.uk

See drop down menus: especially About Us, Teachings and Retreats

 If you would like to come and assist on a course?
Scroll down to see where we need you.

 Click on teacher names for bio. 

Mahasi Two Week Retreat

Noirin Sheahan

Preference given to those who want to stay two weeks.

Assistant : Needed

Sat. 07 Oct.  – Sun. 22 October

The usual schedule and format – see website.

 Day Retreat

Saturday 28 October

Local Assistant : Needed

Jenny Birkett

 Kick Start/Top

Arrive 09.30. Finish 17.00

Please bring veggie food to share.

 Autumn Mahasi Retreat

04 Nov. – 26 Nov.

Noirin Sheahan

Assistant(s) : Needed

Preference is given to those who wish to stay for the full three weeks.

The usual schedule and format – see website.

 Day Retreat

Kick Start/Top up

Saturday 16 December

Bhante Bodhidhamma

Local Assistant : Needed

Arrive 09.30. Finish 17.00

Please bring veggie food to share.

 New Year Retreat

Fri. 29 December to Tues. 02 January

Bhante Bodhidhamma

Assistant : Anne Ashton

 N.B. This retreat is reserved for those who have completed a Retreat as Satipanya.

The first day will be a normal retreat schedule though we shall rise at 5.30.

An opportunity to make it a day of fasting

in solidarity with the one in nine people undernourished and starving.

On the second day, the Eve, we will see in the New Year.

During a group event, you will be asked to tell us about an event which has had a effect upon you - international, national or local or personal.

A day to reflect on the past year, plenty of time to oneself.

Retreatants will be asked to say a little about an virtuous event chosen by them.

The third day, New Years Day, is communal with a walk – weather permitting.

 For Bhante’s courses away from Satipanya:

http://www.satipanya.org.uk/away-calendar/

Day Retreat
Kick Start/Top up
Saturday 06 January

Bhante Bodhidhamma
Local Assistant : Needed
Arrive 09.30. Finish 17.00
Please bring veggie food to share.

Winter Mahasi
Bhante Bodhidhamma
Assistant(s) : May be needed
Eight week roll-on, roll-off Retreat.
Start dates restricted to these Saturdays :  
Sat 13 Jan – Sun 21 Jan : Sun 21 Jan – Sat 27 Jan
Sat 27 Jan – Sun 04 Feb : Sun 04 Feb – Sat 10 Feb
Sat 10 Feb – Sun 18 Feb : Sun 18 Feb – Sat 24 Feb
Sat 24 Feb – Sun 04 Mar : Sun 04 Mar – Sat 10 Mar
Finishing Sat 11 March
Open only to those who have at least one Mahasi Retreat
either at Satipanya or with another teacher
Alternate Sundays possible: 22 Jan.; 05 & 19 Feb.; 05 Mar.
You are encouraged to stay for more than one week.

Assistants
Sat 13 Jan – Sat 27 Jan  Jim Tibby
Sat 27 Jan – Sat 10 Feb  Mark Blaxland
Sat 10 Feb – Sat 24 Feb 
Assistant : Needed
Sat 24 Feb – Sat 10 Mar  Mark Blaxland

Silence

Our world, the culture we live in, is drenched in noise. The sounds of traffic, of transport. The music, often making it difficult to speak, in cafes. Even in the Quiet Coach someone has to speak so everyone else can hear.

On the streets, in the offices, in the parks, people walk with their smart phones on high alert. Forever communicating, listening, looking. Deaths on the roads are caused by the enchantment of smart phones.

Every sense has its mode of rest. Smelling and tasting are the more sensitive the less they are put to work. Sight is rested easily in closed eyes. Touch softens in rest. But even in sleep, the ears are awake. How amusing it is to see a sleeping dog’s ear prick on a sound. And the mind! It is for ever chattering, silenced only in deep sleep.

Sounds are neutral. But some we hear as music to the ears and others as thorns. Music, whether of human or nature, is health giving. But there comes a time of too much. Noise brings tension and, if constant, ill-health. There comes a craving for the end of sound. The succulent pleasure of silence.

But the mind won’t stop so easily. In the quietest of meditation rooms, the mind blasts out. Not just the chatter, but the emotional noise too. All the aversions, all the anxieties, all the lusts. Shutting down the outer world with its music and noise, only opens up the inner world – for most – a purgatorial video.

We can draw the concentration down to the neutral sensations of the breath and listen to it. Feel it. Let it draw us into a stillness. The delightful joy of silence.

For those with ability and time, there is a state of absorption of sheer stillness, peace and absolute silence. But even to sit in silence with a cup of tea, brings a deep refreshment. Whatever the depth of silence, there is always nourishment.

Even more so among friends. To walk, to sit, to eat in silence, aware of the presence of the other, is a communication of being. It is the experience of the other in their essence, before their becoming somebody. It can be as shocking as death, as astonishing as birth.

And there is a deeper silence still. It is a silence beyond silence, for there are no sounds to compare it with. Here is the resting place of the Buddha Within.

 

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Metta

Onward 

Bodhidhamma

Away Calendar

 

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