September Newsbyte

September NEWSBYTE
Trust all is well!
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See below theTip o' the Day : Overcoming the Corruptions of Generosity
For Calendar and assistant opportunities see below .
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Diary
The rain is back. Peculiarly refreshing, though the damp chill remains unwelcome.
All the new plants have done well and our grass never browned because of the water coming off Cordon Hill. But the yield was about 2/3 our normal, down from 12/14 bales to 7. And I believe this is widespread. Even the apples are small. Carrots too!  Ominous forebodings. Where shall we seek safety?

Announcements:

Ayya Punyanandi/Noirin: I'll be starting off the second run of this year's on-line course, open to anyone making a retreat at Satipanya, in mid-October. We'll be following the guidance in the Satipatthana Sutta, considered to be the most important of all the Buddha’s teachings as it gives detailed guidance for insight meditation, including mindfulness in daily life.  The course will run for six weeks to cover each exercise in the first foundation - mindfulness of body.  For further information or to register, email  noirinsheahan@gmail.com 

Assistant Needed 16-24 Nov Autumn Mahasi Retreat Sat. 03 – Sat. 24 Nov. with Ayya/Noirin Sheahan

Facebook: We have a Facebook page, Satipanya Buddhist Retreat Centre, thanks to Medini and soon there will be a Facebook group, thanks to Sita, for those who have been on a course at Satipanya. Check it out!

Albatros as metaphor : Another heart rending wake-up call! Here's a link to trailer if you want to try:
 https://www.albatrossthefilm.com/  The film is free.

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.

Click for Bhante's Away Courses

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  ElevenWeeklong Retreat
Summer Mahasi Retreat
Bhante Bodhidhamma
Eleven week roll-on, roll-off Retreat.
Minimum stay eight nights.
Start dates: Saturdays:-
 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
When we see the world as it really is, we will be free from the distress
that comes from identifying with a limited view of who and what we are.
The retreat supports our efforts to see the world more clearly,
and thereby disentangle the knots of confusion that bind us to emotional turmoil. 
At precious moments, the heart opens and we sense what it means to be free.

The usual schedule and format – see website.
Easily modulated for beginners.

 
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

When we see the world as it really is, we will be free from the distress
that comes from identifying with a limited view of who and what we are.
The retreat supports our efforts to see the world more clearly,
and thereby disentangle the knots of confusion that bind us to emotional turmoil. 
At precious moments, the heart opens and we sense what it means to be free.

Assistant: Jenny Birkett 03-17 Nov. 
Assistant Needed 16-24 Nov.
The usual schedule and format – see website. www.satipanya.org.uk

Easily modulated for beginners.

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.

Overcoming the Corruptions of Generosity
The self manifests as conceit and conceit manifests as comparison. I am either better, or worse or equal to you.
When it comes to generosity, the conceit ‘I am better’ confides that ‘I am truly a generous person’. Whereas ‘worse’ is critical – you should have given more, spent more time, listened more openly. ‘Equal to’ masquerades as humble – I’m only doing what others do – others stand for those who are like minded, definitely not the stingy others.
Before we give of time or wealth, if we stop and acknowledge the self has a lot of kudos to develop here, we can undermine that conceit by placing in the mind the clear intention to give for the benefit of other without return. We do this more easily with Charities that we support but have no contact with, such a donating to a Homeless Charity. But it gets tricky when we are part of an organisation or family or friendship group. We will know how pure the giving was when we don’t get a return. It will manifest as hurt and the intention not to give again.
The desire for return, whether it be praise or generous response when called for is part of the make up a do-gooder. They are the ones who do you the good they want to do you – whether you want it or not. They generally do not ask you what you want but tell you what you need and they are going to give it to you. When not appreciated and even rebuked, they are mortally offended. ‘I was only trying to help!’ We all fall into this trap from time to time.
To undermine this tendency, the cure is to ask the person what they need or listen carefully to what they are asking for. No problem with suggesting something else but let them make the decision.
Then there is entitlement. This is a subtle corruption. Having done so much, surely they won’t mind if I take a pen, bill them for a meal, take some cash. After all I don’t feel I am appreciated enough. This can be a first step to fraud.
There is also how upset we can be with other people’s lack of generosity. That arises out of ‘I am such a generous person!’ Of course, a person can be stingy, a miser. But it’s up to them to discover the joy in giving. It doesn’t help to criticise them. How easily our joy in giving gives rise to conceit!
How do we develop the joy in giving? By giving! But giving with clear intention, aware of any defilement arising, not engaging them, allowing them to fade away.

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