June Newsbyte


Trust all is well!

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At last, the Accommodation Block is up and running. It’s been a wild saga. Noirin was the first to use it on a recent course and the feedback is good!

The following link is an article which is definitely true for me. Ever since the Brexit vote, Trump and the rest of the ‘news’, the input began to spiral with signs of unwholesome consequences that this article makes clear.

Is News good for us?


Meditation Teacher Training: If you have a done a few courses and think you might like to run a group or would like to know how you might introduce a friend, do apply. (See below) (Couple of places left.)

The Bhikkhuni Order: This is short video about the bhikkhuni order. The women’s order of nuns died out about 1000 years ago. Efforts to restart the order began even in the 60’s and it is now gathering pace.

The Buddha's Forgotten Nuns

***Assistants: Plenty of opportunity to come and serve. It’s still a retreat for you. Up to six hours sitting practice is possible and an occasion to bring the practice into ‘ordinary daily life’ tasks. It does help if you have done a retreat in the Mahasi tradition – if only a weekend. Or any long vipassana retreat whatever the tradition.


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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.



Meditation Teacher Training

Sat. 3 June – Sun. 11 June 

Bhante Bodhidhamma

Assistant :Jonathan Barker

Please contact Bhante direct if you wish to join this course. 

It is for those who have a regular daily Mahasi practice 

and who wish to start a group or be able to teach individuals 

 or have some vague desire that they might like to do so. 


Mahasi Weeklong Retreat

Sat 17th – Sun 25th June

Carl Fooks

Assistant :Aiofe Hughes

The usual schedule and format – see website.

The Mahasi system can feel challenging, and its emphasis on moment-to-moment mindfulness can prove to feel particularly difficult. A more gentle approach to the practice encourages a skilful and effective orientation that helps practitioners to commit themselves fully to the practice and the schedule, and thereby get the most out of the course.


Summer Mahasi Retreat

Bhante Bodhidhamma

Assistant : Needed

Eleven week roll-on, roll-off Retreat.

Minimum stay eight nights.

Start dates: Saturdays:-

01 & 15 & 29 July; 12 & 26 Aug. 09 Sept.

Finishing Sun. 17  Sept

Celebration Sat 16. See below

N.B. Start restricted to listed Saturdays.

Alternate Sun. possible for Mahasi devotees.

A challenging Retreat easily modified for beginners.

See Beginner’s Testimonials on website.

You are encouraged to stay for more than one week.

Assistants : Needed

Starting and ending on following Saturday.

01 – 15 July : Ulla Mergen

15 July – 29 July : Assistant : Jean Anderson

29 July – 12 August : Assistant : Gwen Sanderson

12 – 26 August: Assistant : Needed

26 August – 09 September: Assistant : Grace Kelly

09 – 17 (Sunday) September: Assistant : Dea Paradisos


Sangha Day : Ninth Anniversary

Saturday 16 September

Please bring veggie food to join us for communal lunch at noon.

Ceremony starts 13.30

Talk: To be announced.


Weekend Retreat 

Fri. 29 Sept. – Sun.01 p.m. October

Carl Fooks

Assistants :Wendy Harvey

See usual weekend Schedules
Same gentle approach as described above.


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:




Shame gets a bad press. It is as though we shouldn’t feel it at all. All shame is bad.

It may come as a surprise then that the Buddha calls shame a guardian of society and it is coupled with guilt or fear of consequences.

Shame or its lesser form embarrassment is what we feel when we have let ourselves down and especially when we have let ourselves down in other people’s eyes.

There is the delightful tale of Sir Walter Raleigh who, presumably as he bowed to the Queen Elizabeth, let out a great fart. He did not reappear at court for year or so. When he did arrive the Queen greeted him warmly and told him, ‘We have forgot the fart.’

We are often more ashamed by social gaffes than by immoral behaviour. And I dare say if we get away with it, we have none at all.

Are we ashamed when we slander someone, no matter how slight? Or take the pen home from the office? Or exaggerate to the point of untruthfulness?

There is a level of shame that can be too delicate. An over-sensitive conscience. If a small gaffe of calling someone by the wrong name keeps you up at night; if we find ourselves avoiding society because of the way we look;  if we freeze when we stand up in public (shyness often masquerades for shame); then we may benefit from counselling.

There is also the exercise of being aware of the feeling. Recognise it as unwholesome and wait for it to pass or do what you have to do anyway. This is vipassana in action.

In the Buddhadhamma, shame is always seen as an unwholesome state for it arises when we do or think something that belittles us. And yet without it and its companion of the guilty fear of consequences what would stop any of us from committing crimes?

It is the desire not to suffer shame and its companion, guilt that is wholesome.

So the task is to reflect on any thought, speech or action which we see is unethical, harmful or simply insensitive and to acknowledge what shame or lack of it came up.

If we feel the shame, then we can reflect on the harm done to see if it is appropriate. We can talk to the person whom we imagine no longer respects us or holds us with the same regard, and correct or soften their view of us.

If we acknowledge that what we have just done is wrong, insensitive, inappropriate and there is no shame to it, then again we need to reflect as to why that is?  Don’t we care how people view us? What sort of self-respecting standards are we keeping if we couldn’t care less if we break them?

This is all to do with refining our moral conscience. It is about how we relate. The way we relate manifests our wisdom or lack of it.

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