October Newsbyte

October NEWSBYTE
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See below the Tip o' the Day : Resilience
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Diary
We had our 11th Anniversary on Saturday 15 Sept. and it's the first time I've forgotten to ask someone to take photos. Shame because for once it was well attended! About 20 people came and with the 10 on the course it was quite a crowd. Another misfortune was that I failed to record the talk I gave and will have to make up for it. It was based around Bh.Bodhi's recent book on Social and Communal Harmony, a collection of texts. Very comprehensive. Highly recommended. Hopefully I'll have an opportunity to give the talk again. 

It was decided that a standing stone of good proportions was needed to sit at the head of the garden and this is what it looks. It's about 1.75m high though it will lose a little height since it has to be buried. All blessing to Andy for taking us to the quarry. 


That's John and far right Mark. Just behind me is Richard who owns the quarry. Couldn't really get him to lower the price, a cool £500, delivery included.


That's Andy taking a selfie with with us. We had all just been for a meal together with Marion celebrating the work all have done for the centre as Coordinators . Marion couldn't come to the quarry. Andy reckoned it was worthy of a fashion photo.I'm not sure about the others, but my outfit has definite trendy potential. I'm sure of it!

Now all we have to do is think of an inspiring inscription. Marion suggested 'Hug me' since meditators need a lots of love.  Hmmm.

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 

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?
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Teachers: Click on names for bio.

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 Adeline Defrance 16-24 Nov.
The usual schedule and format – see website.

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.

 
Resilience
It is a common experience that at least once in our lives everything seems to collapse around us. And we are left desperate. It may be failure to get the qualifications we need to do the work we have set our heart on. Or indeed the loss of work we love. It may be the collapse of a relationship we have become so dependent on. Or the death of someone close. It may be an illness that demands a radical change in our lives.

Our first reaction is one of shock and disbelief. And as the reality of the situation looms through, the feeling of utter desolation. The future seems bleak. Hopeless.

This is a crucial moment. We can either descend into the hell of depression and even suicide or into purgatory where we begin the process of rehabilitation. The suffering involved in purgatory is equal to hell, but for the change of attitude. We have reinstated a reason for living, a meaning for life.

This takes courage. For our first task will be to ask why such a catastrophe has happened. It may be for reasons beyond our control; it may be the outer circumstances of the economy; it may be that the other has been unfaithful; it may be the nature of the body to fall ill. In such cases, there can only be acceptance and the turning into oneself to work with the emotional and mental reaction. And to explore potential.

However, if it was a case of overconfidence, of being very much part of the cause for the ending of a relationship, of carelessly putting the body into a dangerous situation, then a deep trawling of our attitudes needs to be undertaken. This takes courage, patience, fortitude and perseverance – resilience.

The situation may demand a completely new change of direction in our lives. It may call for continuing as we were, but with a very different attitude. It may mean a radical acceptance of a situation that cannot be altered.

Once this decision has been made, no matter how dimly we see the potential outcome, we are on the road to rehabilitation.

In many such cases, there is also a spiritual awakening. For in the misery, there also arises the question as to the purpose of life. Such occasions may also happen in our spiritual lives. In fact, I would say it has to happen to some degree or other. The world view we hold is, according to the Buddha, a delusion. When we come face to face with that delusion, it is bound to cause a disruption. And that dis-location can be as painful as any mundane one.

There may be the sense of groundlessness and bewilderment, yet the inner conviction, no matter how dim, supported by the writings, experience and example of others, gives us the courage to commit and the determination to persist.

In the Buddha’s own darkest hour when Mara generated in him the Great Doubt – Who am I after all to seek the end of suffering? He had to ground himself. And the Earth Goddess rose to remind him that that his task was not just for his own benefit but for the benefit of all. And that he had perfected the virtue of generosity and so had the virtuous power to complete the task. Rooted to his seat beneath the Bodhi Tree, after six hours, came the insight into the end of all suffering, the direct experience of Nibbana.

There is an end to suffering, to all unsatisfactoriness. It is our destination. Our only real destination.

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