June Newsbyte

June NEWSBYTE
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Tip o' the Day : Beauty!
For Calendar and assistant opportunities see below .
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Diary
The trials and tribulations of a centre.
Constant new Health and Safety regulations. A sign of the anxiety of the time, fear of risk, or is it simply the loving tender care of the state? Whatever. Our bore sits on a slope. It is an artesian well so water is forever flowing out of it. I doubt surface water can get in. Although it is tested every year and never a sign of pollution, yet we are put to the expense of raising the hole above the ground.

Then there are new Health and Safety regulations for septic tanks. Luckily we already comply, though the inspector said it would be better to have a new treatment plant put in at a tidy sum of £12,000.

I do wonder if the Government Department is preparing new regulations to cover the danger from an alien visitation. 
 

Announcements: 
We have started the process of installing the air-source heater. It will definitely reduce cost, but such is the lack of government incentive that we will recover  only a part of the initial outlay, But as a business, we are concerned with running costs and anything that keeps that low is worth the expenditure.

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.

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The Complete Calendar for 2018
Assistants Needed
N.B. All the courses are serviced by assistants.

See website for up-to-date Assistant need: http://www.satipanya.org.uk/calendar/
As assistant  you have the opportunity to serve others. It can be a way of expressing gratitude for the gift of Dhamma. Although the morning is mainly taken up with breakfast preparation and cooking, the rest of day is for practice. You can see the menus here.
As an assistant, we do not expect payment of the deposit or make a donation because you have kindly offered your time.
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
 
Would you like to come and assist on a course?
Scroll down to see where we need you.
 
Teachers: Click on names for bio.

Mahasi Weeklong Retreat
Carl Fooks
Assistant Derek Baldwin
Sat 16th – Sun 24th June
The Mahasi system can feel challenging, and its emphasis on moment-to-moment mindfulness can prove to feel particularly difficult.
Carl teaches a gentle approach to the practice encouraging 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    28 July – 11 August :
Eleven week roll-on, roll-off Retreat.
Minimum stay eight nights.
Start dates: Saturdays:-
30 June & 14 & 28 July; 11 & 25 Aug. 08 Sept.
Finishing Sun. 16  Sept
Celebration Sat 15th Sept. 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.
30 June – 14 July : Ignacio Duque Sanchez
14 July – 28 July : Assistant : Sita Brand
28 July – 11 August : Assistant Jordi Fernandez

11 – 25 August: Assistant : David Fernandes
25 August – 08 September: Assistant :Jim Tibby
08 – 16 (Sunday) September: Assistant : Dea Paradisos
 

Sangha Day : Ninth Anniversary

Bhante Bodhidhamma
Local
 Assistant Needed 
Saturday 15 September
Please bring veggie food to join us for communal lunch at noon.
Ceremony starts 13.30
Talk: To be announced.

Weekend Retreat 
Fri. 28 Sept.– Sun. 30 Sept. (Finishes  13.00)
Carl Fooks
Assistant Yatin Mistry
See usual weekend Schedules
 
Mahasi  Two Week Retreat
Sat. 06 Oct.  – Sat. 20 October
Ayya/Noirin Sheahan
Assistant Wendy Harvey and Tracey Kambouris
See above for Noirin’s description.
Preference given to those who want to stay two weeks.
The usual schedule and format – see website.
 

Day Retreat
Saturday 27 October
Jenny Birkett
Local Assistant Needed 
 Kick Start/Top
Arrive 09.30. Finish 17.00
Please bring veggie food to share.
 

Autumn Mahasi Retreat
 Sat. 03 – Sat. 24 Nov.
Ayya/Noirin Sheahan
See above for Noirin’s description.
Assistants Jenny Birkett
Preference is given to those who wish to stay for the full three weeks.
The usual schedule and format – see website. 
www.satipanya.org.uk

Day Retreat 
Saturday 01 December

Jenny Birkett 
Local Assistant Needed 
 Kick Start/Top 
Arrive 09.30. Finish 17.00
Please bring veggie food to share.

Beauty.

The Buddha said of the Dhamma that it was beautiful in the beginning, beautiful in the middle and beautiful in the end.

In the Parinibbana Discourse where the last of his days are recounted, it is recounted that ‘the Blessed One getting ready in the forenoon, took bowl and robe and went into Vesali for alms. After the alms round and meal, on his return, he spoke to the Venerable Ananda, saying: "Take up a mat, Ananda, and let us spend the day at the Capala shrine." Indeed, he rejoiced in the beauty of shrines: "Delightful, Ananda, is Vesali; pleasant are the shrines of Udena, Gotamaka, Sattambaka, Bahuputta, Sarandada, and Capala."

In the early days, monastics would take leftover white cloth from the corpses in the charnel grounds and stitch them together. When he saw a group of them, the Buddha must have thought they looked scruffy indeed because he then asked order members to cut and sew the pieces together so the robe when stretched out looked like paddy fields – and to dye them in areca nut which gave them a browny hue.

All religions make great efforts to build beautiful places of worship. They fill them with beautiful decorative art, statues and music.

But evil can also be beautiful. Mythologically, Lucifer was the most beautiful of angels. Leni Riefanstahl glorifies the Nazis in her propaganda films such as The Triumph of the Will (1935). The martial parades of Communist Russia were a marvel to behold. The mushroom of an atomic bomb is beautiful.

Beauty then is a category of its own. Just because something is beautiful it does not mean it is true or good.

How then do we experience beauty? It has a certain emotional feel to it that uplifts the heart, even fill it with awe. There is a pure aesthetic mental state when we see something such as a beautifully wrought iron gate or a dry stone wall. But more often than not something beautiful excites conjoining emotions of love, wonder, simple joy, devotion and so on.

Whether beauty is in the eye of the beholder or out there in the world, is an eternal philosophical debate. But in Buddhist understanding, it is the body-heart-mind complex that is creating the world we are actually experiencing. Nature may have all the ingredients that make beauty, but without awareness it may as well not have them.

So, it is back to us. A mind full of beauty, when that beauty highlights truth and virtue, is a mental state we can presume the Buddha himself would delight in.

But if beauty or the beautiful feeling is our aim, then we have lost the path. Beauty has to be one of the many objectives that gather around our central aim to liberate ourselves from dukkha.

And external beauty is not necessary. We can liberate ourselves in a stinking slum, with raggedy clothes and only pap to eat.

Even so …

 

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