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New Year 2020 NEWSBYTE
Trust all is well!

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For Calendar and assistant opportunities see below .

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Climate Crisis : A Personal Reflection

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Diary:
We are into the fourth week of the Winter Mahasi and very grateful for the warm winter, even though the causes are not joyful. It means the new air source heating is not so strained. Up until recently we remained with NPower which is based on fossil fuel, but soon we will be with a green supplier, Opus, which unfortunately still has to use gas to maintain a steady supply. To our surprise it is going to be a little cheaper. It was always our intention to use green energy, so at last we have achieved that.
 

Announcements:   

Any old mobiles? When people are here for longer periods, I give them talks to listen to. The easiest device is the mobile rather than the fiddly mp3 players or the bulky radio CD players. So if there's an old mobile lurking around your cupboards, I'd be pleased to use it for this simple purpose. 

London and South East Satipanya Sangha: Carl and Satipanya regular Animesh are interested in setting up a local Sangha for London and the South East. Location, frequency, and format are all undecided, and will depend on the interest and input of the early members. If this sounds of interest, please email satipanya-lse@genko.co.uk for more information.

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.comand 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.

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The Calendar for 2020

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.
(See website calendar for updates)

Day Retreat
Kick Start/Top up
Saturday 04 January

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

Three Month Winter Mahasi
APPLICATIONS OPEN NOW
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:  11,25 Jan, 8,22 Feb, 7,21 March
11 Jan - 25 Jan Assistant  Jim Tibby

25 Jan   -    08 Feb   Assistant Iain McLeod
08 Feb  -    22 Feb    Assistant Iain McLeod
22 Feb  -    07 Mar    Assistant Patricia Smyth
07 Mar -    21 Mar    Assistant Toby Glynn
21 Mar -    28 Mar  Assistant Gaia Zocchi

 
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 :

Ram Subramanian
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 - easily modified for beginners.

 

Buddha Day
Honouring Our Teacher  and Exemplar
Taking Refuges and Precepts Ceremony 
On Saturday 02 May : Start 10.30 

Installation of new Zen Bell!

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

 

Weeklong Mahasi Retreat
 Guus Went
Sat 23 May – Sun. 31 May.
Assistant : Mark Blaxland

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
Twelve week roll-on, roll-off Retreat.
Minimum stay eight nights.
Assistants : Needed (see below)
The usual schedule – see website - easily modified for beginners.

Noirin Sheahan
Start dates: Saturdays:-
20 June & 4 July
Finishing Sat 18 July
Alternate Sun. possible for Mahasi devotees: 05 & 19 July

Bhante Bodhidhamma
Start dates: Saturdays:-
18 July, 1, 15,  & 29 Aug.
Finishing 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.
20 June – 04 July : Assistant Needed
04 July – 18 July : Assistant : Needed
18 July – 01 August : Assistant : Needed
01 – 15 August: Assistant : Needed
15 August – 29 August: Assistant : Needed
29 August – 06 September: Assistant : Needed
06 September Finishing Day

Sangha Day : Thirteenth Anniversary
Saturday 05 September
Assistant : Needed

Please bring veggie food to join us for communal lunch at noon.
Installation of new Metta Buddha Statue on the island (to be confirmed).
Ceremony starts 13.30
Talk: To be announced.

Weekend Retreat 
Carl Fooks
Fri. 18 – Sun. 20 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 schedule.

Insight Dialogue
Anne Michel
 Sat.17 – Sat. 24 a.m. October
Assistant : Mark Blaxland
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 - easily modified for beginners.

Bhante's Away Calendar

Climate Crisis : A Personal Reflection
Work for the best : Prepare for the worst

Once the report came out from the UN scientists giving us about 10 years to mend our ways or face the destruction of the planet as we know it, the temperature around Climate Change is measured in the now named Climate Crisis or Climate Emergency. Even so, the last COP meetings in Madrid deepened the crisis with their inability to agree on viable agenda to end global warming. More and more people are alarmed, and understandably especially the young. This brings with it all the negative mental states of anger, anxiety, grief and waiting in the wings, despair.

There is already a lot of literature concerning a Buddhist response to Climate Crisis and this is but a personal response, reflections which have helped me come to terms with what is happening.

Read more …

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Onward
Bodhidhamma

 


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