October Newsbyte

October NEWSBYTE
Trust all is well!

All Past Tips 
For Calendar and assistant opportunities see below .
Tip o' the Day
Constant Curiosity
Carl Fooks
 

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Diary:  
The Summer Mahasi came to an end with the Twelfth Anniversary and Sangha Celebration. It was encouraging to see so many come. Ceremonies have their place to mark events, but also to meet others and to get a feel that one belongs to a community. This is difficult for Satipanya since it is so far from everyone and in a place of little population. So it's heart-warming that people come from the South of Wales, Gloucestershire and Oxford. Do consider it next year and make a weekend of it in the Shropshire Hills. B&Bs here are comparatively cheap.

On the way to the Stupa for a reading.

Announcements:

Contemplative Caretaker: Gilbert is finishing his year sometime in February. So an opportunity arises for someone to come and spend a year as a contemplative with the general duty of looking after the centre and filling in as assistant should one fail to come. It is as yet open only to men to preserve probity around my vows of celibacy. Please contact me if you are interested.
 

Continuing Beautifications! 
Bell Tower: we have a firm that will make the shallow cylinder to hold the Japanese bell. And we have a local Bricklayer whom we have used before to build the plinth for the Parinibbana Buddha to come and build one for us. It's all happening.
Paths: We've had the path and tarmac at the back of the kitchen covered in tar and stone.See last
few photos
The Standing Stone: The inscriptions have been put on the standing stone. See last few photos of Nigel.

We're getting there!
 
Insight Timer 'Satipanya Mahasi Devotees' group set up on the Insight Timer app by Mark Arthur

Access website https://insighttimer.com/ for relevant App Store or Google Play link. Search for 'Satipanya Mahasi Devotees' within the ‘groups’ section on the app's front page and then request an invite from us.

At present the group settings are ‘private’ and access is available only for members who have sat on a retreat at Satipanya so we will therefore message you to check your credentials before approving your request. If you have any problems with the technology etc by all means email me on markarfa@gmail.com  and I will be happy to assist. Metta Mark Arthur

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 2019
 

Vipassana as taught by the Mahasi Sayadaw of Burma
The Mahasi Sayadaw of Burma, one of the most influential vipassana insight meditation teachers of the last century, developed techniques to help us maintain moment to moment mindfulness from the instant we awake to the instant we fall asleep.
 
This leads not only to spiritual insights into our true, unborn-undying essence, but also, equally important, to the purification of the heart. So that we not only become wiser but more caring, generous, joyous and compassionate.
 
Applying the techniques on this retreat we follow a robust schedule, but meditators can modulate their practice to fit their level of experience, even absolute beginners. The accent is on relaxation and curiosity, rather than striving and concentration. And regular teacher contact, daily Q&A and personal interviews ensures students are supported throughout.
 
The retreat ends with advice on how to bring the practice into ordinary daily life to enhance our relationships and give spiritual meaning to our work and everyday tasks.
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 Monthlong Retreat
Noirin Sheahan
Start dates Sat 2, Sun 10, Sat 16 Nov.
Sun 24th possible for Mahasi devotees
Ends Sat am 30 Nov.

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 : Fi Robertson

Assistant Nov.Sat.16 - Sat. 30 : Robert Narayan Taylor
The usual schedule and format, easily modified for beginners. 

The Complete Calendar for 2020
(See website calendar for updates)
 

Teachers: Click on names for bio.
 

Day Retreat
Kick Start/Top up
Saturday 04 January

Bhante Bodhidhamma
Local Assistant : Trevor Flaxman and Mary Ryan
Arrive 09.30. Finish 17.00
Please bring veggie food to share.

Three Month Winter Mahasi
APPLICATIONS START 01 OCTOBER
Bhante Bodhidhamma
Eleven week roll-on, roll-off Retreat.

11 January - 28 March
Finishing Sat 28 March am
Open only to those who have at least one Mahasi Retreat 
either at Satipanya or with another teacher
You are encouraged to stay for more than one week.

Start dates restricted to these Saturdays:  
 
11 Jan  -   25 Jan    Assistant : Jim Tibby

25 Jan   -    08 Feb   Assistant Needed
08 Feb  -    22 Feb    Assistant Needed
22 Feb  -    07 Mar    Assistant Needed
07 Mar -    21 Mar    Assistant Needed
21 Mar -    28 Mar  Assistant Needed

 
APPLICATIONS START JANUARY 07
 
Easter Mahasi Retreat
Noirin Sheahan
Sat 11 April Sat. 25 April a.m.
( Possible start Sunday 19 April for Mahasi devotees)
 
Assistant : 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.

The usual schedule and format – see website.
 
Buddha Day
Honouring Our Teacher  and Exemplar
Taking Refuges and Precepts Ceremony 
On Saturday 02 May : Start 10.30 
Morning Meditation at 11.00
Please bring veggie finger 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
Sat 02 – Weds 06 May 
 
Come Friday evening if you want to join in Buddha Day Celebration 

Mahasi Day Retreat
Jenny Birkett
Sat. 16 May
Assistant : Needed

The usual schedule and format – see website.
Especially for beginners.
 

Weeklong Mahasi Retreat
 Guus Went
23 May – Sun. 31 May.
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.
 
Mahasi Weeklong Retreat
Carl Fooks
Sat 06 – Sun 14 June
Assistant : Needed

 
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
Eleven week roll-on, roll-off Retreat.
Minimum stay eight nights.
Assistants : Needed (see below)

Noirin Sheahan
Start dates: Saturdays:-
27 June & 11 July
Finishing Sat 25 July
Alternate Sun. possible for Mahasi devotees: 05 & 19 July

Bhante Bodhidhamma
Start dates: Saturdays:-
25 July - 08 & 22 Aug. 05 Sept.
Sun. 13 Sept
N.B. Start restricted to listed Saturdays.
Alternate Sun. possible for Mahasi devotees: 02 & 16 & 30 Aug,
You are encouraged to stay for more than one week.

Assistants : Needed
Starting and ending on following Saturday.
27 June – 11 July : Assistant Needed
11 July – 25 July : Assistant : Needed
25 July – 08 August : Assistant : Needed
08 – 22 August: Assistant : Needed
22 August – 05 September: Assistant : Needed
05 September – 13 September: Assistant : Needed
13 September Finishing Day

Sangha Day : Thiteenth Anniversary
Saturday 12 September
Assistant : Needed

Please bring veggie food to join us for communal lunch at noon.
Ceremony starts 13.30
Talk: To be announced.
 

Weekend Retreat 
Carl Fooks
Fri. 25 – Sun. 27 September
Assistant : Needed

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.
See usual weekend  
Schedules

Insight Dialogue
Anne Michel
 Sat.17 – Sat. 24 a.m. October
 Assistant : Needed
Insight Dialogue – created by Gregory Kramer 
http://www.metta.org – brings the mindfulness and tranquility of traditional silent meditation practice into our interaction with others.
Depending on conditions inside us and around us, our perceptions of others and ourselves, we can open the heart with wisdom or create and sustain habitual patterns of stress and reactivity.
Insight Dialogue Practice allows us to face the complexity of our relationships with mindfulness.
Such experience softens our fears of relationship and diminishes our struggle to be seen or to escape the moment of contact.
Trust and calm can settle in us, anchored in wisdom and compassion.
It is a very good complement to the Vipassana practice, allowing both concentration and relationship habits to deepen.
The retreat is open to both beginners and long-term practitioners
 

 Mahasi Monthlong Retreat
Noirin Sheahan
Start dates Sat 31 Oct. and 14 Nov.
Mahasi devotees can join on Sundays 08 or 22 Nov
Ends Sat am 28 Nov.
Assistant Sat 31 Oct.  - Sat. 14 Nov. : Needed
Assistant Sat.14 Nov. - Sat. 28 Nov.: 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.

The usual schedule and format – see website.
 
 

Calendar  2019                     Bhante’s Calendar away from Satipanya
These are my courses when I am away from Satipanya Buddhist Retreat.
Please confirm all dates  with contacts below.
Beginners are welcome on all retreats.
PLACE CONTACT DATE COMMENT
SPRING         COURSES
The Malone Studio
Calle de Pelayo 50
28004 Madrid
 Ignacio Duque
 <
igduque@gmail.com>
+34 655 738 607
Day Retreat
04 + 05 April
Arrive 09.30 
Finish 17.00
Bring veggie food to share
Place to be announed Ignacio Duque
 <
igduque@gmail.com>
+34 655 738 607
Long Weekend
08 – 13 April
Details to be added. 
Gaia House,
West Ogwell
Newton Abbot,
Devon TQ12 6EW
Bookings : 01626 333613
info@gaiahouse.co.uk
Weekend
May
Fri 08–Sun 10 pm
Extended Weekend
May
Fri 08–Weds 13pm
You can come for the first weekend only.
The course is challenging, but easily modulated for beginners.
Friends  Meeting House
12 Jesus Lane
Cambridge CB5 8BA
David Brown
davidbrown1000@btinternet.com
One Day
Sat. 23 May
Arrive 09.30  Finish 17.00 Bring veggie food to share
The Dharma School
149 Ladies Mile Rd.
Brighton BN1 8TB
For enquiries, Rosie or Richard
info@bodhigarden.org
One Day
Mon 25 May
(Communal Walk
on Sunday 24!)
Ditto
Register online at

www.bodhigarden.org from 29th March.
Pian dei Ciliegi
29028 Ponte dell’ Olio, (PC)  Italy
Gianni  Burgazzi
T: 0039 (0) 523 878 948
E:
info@piandeiciliegi.it      www.piandeiciliegi.it
First Weekend &Weeklong
Fri. 29 May  p.m. to
Sun 07  June a. m.
You can come for the first weekend only.
The course is challenging, but easily modulated for beginners.
AUTUMN COURSES
Teach Bhride, Tullow, County Carlow
Ireland
Margaret Groome
Tel:  00353 1 282 8199

margaretgroome2@gmail.com
 
Weekend
Fri. 25 Sept
To
Sun.  27 Sept.
Arrive 1830 Friday. Finish 1600 Sunday
Can also come for a day.
Association Terre d'Eveil DE OBALDIA Gilles 
<gilles2obaldia@gmail.com>

Sat. 03

&

Sun 04 Oct.

Two  separate  day longs
Mudita Anne Michel
info@mudita.ch   www.mudita.ch
 
Five Days
Fri. 09 Oct
to
Tues. 13 Oct
Arrive 1830 Fri.
Finish Tues. 16.00
Can also come for the weekend.
Oxford Retreats
Headington Parish Hall, Dunstan Road
Oxford   OX3 9BY
http://www.oxfordgaiahouseretreats.co.uk

One Day

Sat. 17 Oct.

Register 09.15   Finish 17.00
Bring veggie food to share.
 
London Insight King Alfred School, 149 North End Rd.  London NW11 Louise Kennedy
admin@londoninsight.org
 
One Day

Sun. 18 Oct.

Arrive 09.30  Finish 17.00
Bring veggie food to share.

 

Constant Curiosity
Carl Fooks

At the end of a retreat, it’s common for people to wonder how they can continue the practice once they return to normal life. It’s also common for people to observe that the instructions don’t easily map to daily life, I mean, how are we supposed to go slow and note everything while running for the bus or negotiating a business deal?!

For me, though, this is to mistake the form of the practice for the heart. The instructions while we’re sitting are to watch whatever arises within the field of awareness in a way that does not control or manipulate, judge or question and, without any interference whatsoever, simply allow it to arise and pass away. The great Thai lay teacher, Upasika Kee, calls this “unentangled knowing”. This is the heart of the practice. When we have a difficult emotion arise, we contact it in the body - feel the feelings in the feelings”—and then watch it in this way of unentangled knowing.

The Buddha’s first two noble truths tell us that there is suffering (dukkha), and that this is caused by craving (tanhā). We are constantly dissatisfied with our experience and feel a compulsion to fiddle and faff about with it, trying to make it somehow better. We want things to be other than they are.

The instructions, on retreat, are to simply watch this as described above, but the problem is how to do this in normal daily life. By this, I don’t mean on the cushion, where the instructions are exactly the same, but when walking down the road, or immediately after a verbal collision with an ornery work colleague.

The way to bring the heart of the practice into everyday life is to nurture a curious, investigative attitude that takes interest in how we are suffering, to see what we’re clinging to so that we may then observe it from this place of unentangled knowing.

When you find yourself struggling with a difficult emotion, ask yourself what you are clinging to; what do you want to be different, to be other than it is? Don’t just accept the first answer, dig in.

Imagine you find yourself angry with someone. Ask yourself, “What’s causing this anger?” Your answer may be “They’re an unsavory character!” Nope! Keep digging! Remember, nobody can make us feel anything; we ‘choose’ how we respond. “Okay, it’s because their attack brought about a feeling of injustice.” Better, but dig in further! “Okay, this feeling of injustice is because I feel unrecognised and disrespected.” Even better, but you can go further! “Feeling unrecognised and disrespected makes me afraid that I am worthless.” Excellent, but how does that make you feel? “This feeling of worthlessness, that I resent, has an underlying feeling of needing to be appreciated, liked, accepted and loved.” That’s brilliant! Get in touch with that feeling, feel it in the body, and then try to just accept it being there, allow its energy to dissipate without any interference whatsoever.

Of course, all of this is hard. You may find yourself unable to dig all the way to the bottom. That’s fine, just find the answer that feels the most real to you and sit with that. Of course, the sitting with it is hard too. This is where the sitting practice pays dividends. It’s why it’s called practice! The more we practice, the easier this becomes, and the mindfulness we develop helps us to catch these moments without the angry retort in the first place.

As you develop this, keep it going at all times; be constantly curious! When you find yourself reacting strangely to an advert, investigate. When you find yourself tightening in a meeting, investigate. Positive or negative; seeing lovers kiss, babies cry, dog poo on the floor, flowers in bloom, strewn rubbish, children happily playing, whatever it is, investigate. Dig in and see if you can come to an equanimous and compassionate accommodation with whatever it is you uncover. The wonderful thing about this is that you don’t need to be on the cushion to do it. You can do it at anytime, anywhere.
 

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               Onward 
                                                 Bodhidhamma

 


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