December Newsbyte

December  NEWSBYTE

Trust all is well!

Seasonal Greatings
Peace and Goodwill to All Beings!

All Past Tips
See below the Tip o' the Day :  Christmas Kamma

For Calendar and assistant opportunities see below .
 

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Diary
Noirin here, as Bhante is away in Sri Lanka on retreat.  All well here, except for Maurice (our resident mole) who gave up the ghost a few weeks ago. Dreading the revenge of the worms, he came out onto the path to breathe his last. Another mole had expired on the path only a few days earlier  - did Maurice die of a broken heart after losing Mrs. Maurice?  
Alas, their neighbours have no respect  - fresh mole-hills in abundance!
Luckily none in the front garden where the standing stone is now in place. Andy has planted new ground cover (persicaria "Darjeeling Red" for the gardener's among you - transplanted from Marion's garden) to integrate it into the flower-bed. By next year, the stone will look like it predated Satipanya! 

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.

Click for Bhante's Away Courses

The Calendar for 2018

Assistants Needed
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 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.
 

Day Retreat
Kick Start/Top up
Saturday 05 January
Bhante Bodhidhamma
Local Assistant : Needed
Arrive 09.30. Finish 17.00
Please bring veggie food to share.

Winter Mahasi
Bhante Bodhidhamma
Open for Application
Eight week roll-on, roll-off Retreat.
Start dates restricted to these Saturdays:  
Sat 12 Jan – Sun 20 Jan : Sun 20 Jan – Sat 26 Jan     Jim Tibby
 Sat 26 Jan – Sun 03 Feb:    Wendy Harvey
Sun 03 Feb – Sat 09 Feb     Noirin Sheahan 
 Sat 09 Feb – Sun 17 Feb : Sun 17 Feb – Sat 23 Feb   Jim Tibby      

 Sat 23 Feb – Sun 03 Mar : Sun 03 Mar – Sat 09 Mar   Gilbert
Finishing Sat 09 March
Open only to those who have at least one Mahasi Retreat 
either at Satipanya or with another teacher
Alternate Sundays may be possible: 20 Jan.; 03 & 17 Feb.; 03 Mar.
You are encouraged to stay for more than one week.
 
Day Retreat

Bhante Bodhidhamma
Local Assistant : Needed
Kick Start/Top up
Sat. 16 March
Arrive 09.30. Finish 17.00
Please bring veggie food to share.
 
APPLICATIONS START JANUARY 07
 
Easter Mahasi Retreat

Noirin Sheahan
Vipassana means “Seeing clearly”. 
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.
During the retreat, we relax from all our usual busyness to give our full attention to present experience. 
We learn to see the world more clearly, and to 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 :
Needed
Start dates: Sat. 06, Sun 14 and Sat 20 April
Finishes Sat. am 27 April
The usual schedule and format – see website,
easily modified for beginners.
 
Buddha Day
Honouring Our Exemplar and Teacher
Taking Refuges and Precepts Ceremony 
On Saturday 04 May : Start 10.30 
Assistant: 
Needed
Morning Meditation
Please bring veggie food to share for 
communal lunch at noon.
Ceremony starts 13.30
Afternoon Talk : Taking Refuges and Precepts : Procession
Tea and Biscuits 16.00

Vipassana : Metta : Bodycare 

Bhante Bodhidhamma
with Bryan Lester, Reiki Master
Assistant:
Needed
Come Friday evening if you want to join in Buddha Day Celebration 
Sat 04 – Weds 08 May 
Towards a Right Lifestyle 
The first weekend is devoted to Mahasi vipassana and metta /Loving-Kindness 
and exercises that heal and/or invigorate the body. 
After that, one can choose what to practise. 
Discussion on how to develop the spiritual life. 
 
Mahasi Weekend Retreat

Jenny Birkett
Assistant Needed
Fri. 17 – Sun. 19 May
The usual schedule and format – see website.
Especially for beginners.
 
Weeklong Mahasi Retreat
 
Guus Went
Sat 25 May – Sun. 02 Jun.
Assistant 
Needed
Sayadaw U Pandita's definition of Mindfulness: Mindfulness is the observing power of the mind, which clearly and simply experiences an object, without reacting to it.
We start actively to develop this power with the body as primary object. That makes it possible not to get fully entangled in the hindrances and to come to know something about them. Sitting meditation, walking meditation and daily activities are fully equal in importance. Gradually we come to know other objects of meditation, both internally and externally.
Practical thing: It is useful to take a small notebook and a pen, to make notes of observations after a session or during the day. This will be helpful to make the interview sessions useful and relaxed. 
 The usual schedule and format – see website.

Weeklong Mahasi Retreat
Carl Fooks
Assistant Needed
Sat 15 Jun  – Sun 23 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.
The usual schedule and format – see website.

 
Summer Mahasi Retreat

Bhante Bodhidhamma
Assistant Needed
Eleven week roll-on, roll-off Retreat.
Minimum stay eight nights.
Start dates: Saturdays:-
29 June & 13 & 27 July; 10 & 24 Aug. 07 Sept.
Finishing Sun. 15  Sept
Celebration Sat 14. 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
29 June – 13 July : Needed
13 July – 27 July : Assistant : Needed
27 July – 10 August : Assistant : Needed
10 – 24 August: Assistant : Needed
24 August – 31 August: Assistant : Needed
31 August – 14 September: Assistant : Needed

Sangha Day : Twelth Anniversary
Saturday 14 September
Assistant
 
Needed
Please bring veggie food to share for
communal lunch at noon.
Ceremony starts 13.30
Talk: To be announced.
 
Weekend Mahasi Retreat 

Carl Fooks
Fri 20.  – Sun. 22 September
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.
Assistant 
Needed
See usual weekend Schedules
 
Day Retreat

Jenny Birkett
Saturday 26 October
Local Assistant 
Needed
 Kick Start/Top
Arrive 09.30. Finish 17.00
Please bring veggie food to share.
 
Mahasi Monthlong Retreat

Noirin Sheahan
Start dates Sat 2, Sun 10, Sat 16 Nov.
Sun 24th possible for Mahasi devotees
Ends Sat am 30 Nov.
Assistants: 
Needed
Vipassana means “Seeing clearly”. 
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.
During the retreat, we relax from all our usual busyness to give our full attention to present experience. 
We learn to see the world more clearly, and to disentangle the knots of confusion that bind us to emotional turmoil. 
At precious moments, the heart opens and we may sense what it means to be free.
Assistant Nov.Sat.02 - Sat. 16 : 
Needed
Assistant Nov.Sat.16 - Sat. 30 : Needed
The usual schedule and format, easily modified for beginners. 

Day Retreat
Saturday 04 Jan 2020
Bhante Bodhidhamma
Local Assistant Needed
 Kick Start/Top
Arrive 09.30. Finish 17.00
Please bring veggie food to share.

Tip - Christmas Kamma.

We sow seeds of kamma with every thought, word and action. What matters is the attitude that prompted us. We reap the kamma, both from the practical consequences of whatever we do, say or think about, and also because that attitude becomes more and more pronounced in our character.
To get the best out of Christmas, we can look for opportunities to sow kamma-seeds associated with good-will (metta). As we’re writing Christmas cards, we can keep pausing to let any stress cool off, then make a calm good wish for whoever we are writing to. When we come up against suffering, metta takes the hue of compassion – we want to alleviate this. To sow these kamma-seeds we could purchase from a charity rather than from high-street shops.
When we're celebrating, good-will takes the hue of mudita – appreciative joy. We might wonder what’s the point in celebrating Christmas – so much materialism. But we won’t gain any merit from scowling at the Christmas lights and tinsel! The world supports us as we walk our spiritual path - we can find some good in every situation. To sow seeds of mudita we appreciate whatever lifts our heart – even if it’s the glitter of tinsel!  So long as it helps us smile through our meetings and greetings, it’s a bonus. We’ll reap that kamma by finding it easier to enjoy and be grateful for worldly blessings like having somewhere to live and food to eat as well as the spiritual blessing of friendship.
Good-will can also take the hue of equanimity – the attitude we need when we come up against unskillfulness.  Say we’re disgusted by the waste of the earth's resources in the Christmas frenzy. We could make the wish “May this waste not provoke my anger". We’re not pretending there’s no problem. We’re just preventing the problem from becoming our problem as well.  We could project equanimity outwards e.g. “May our society learn not to squander the earth’s resources”.
So we have four flavours of good-will with which to sow our Christmas kamma. Metta (friendliness), compassion, appreciative joy and equanimity. These four are termed the Brahma Vihara – the divine abodes. Each time we practice these, we brighten the world for a moment – and who knows what ripple effects may follow. One thing is sure - we sow a kamma-seed of good-will into our character. 
Divine abiding – sounds nice doesn’t it? What better gift to give ourselves this Christmas!
Noirin Sheahan

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